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Men's Lacrosse 2015 Year In Review
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 05/08/2015
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2015 Men's Lacrosse Year in Review

Head Coach: Dan Chemotti

Record: 11-5, 6-0 Southern Conference (1st)

Conference Tournament: 1st Seed, 1-1 (Tournament Runners-Up)

  • Richmond won the Southern Conference’s first regular-season championship, as the league moved from the Atlantic Sun to the SoCon for the 2015 season. It was the first regular-season title for the Spiders, in their second season of varsity lacrosse.
  • The Spiders mowed through the league with a perfect 6-0 mark, earning the right to host the league’s tournament
  • The Spiders were ranked in the Top 20 for the first time in program history, on April 27 by the Cascade/Maverik Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
  • Richmond was listed in the “Receiving Votes” category in the two major polls six times each, including the final one of the regular season
  • The Spiders won a program record five-straight games, sweeping the month of April, which included the Southern Conference semifinal win on April 30
  • Richmond as a program, won 11 games, the fastest to do get to an 11-win season since the new wave of programs began adding men’s lacrosse in 2000
  • The Spiders have climbed above .500 as a program, with an overall mark of 17-16
  • Three of Richmond’s five losses came by teams ranked in the Top 20 at the time of the game
  • Sophomore Brendan Hynes earned SoCon Defensive Player of the Year and earned First-Team All-SoCon honors
  • The Spiders placed four on the First-Team squad, including Hynes, attackman J.P. Forester, midfielder Mitch Goldberg, and goalie Benny Pugh
  • Richmond put three more on the Second-Team All-SoCon team, with midfielder Alex Hatem, defenseman Ryan Dennis and faceoff specialist Peter Moran
  • Eric Haehl earned All-Freshman Team
  • Richmond led the nation in Clearing Percentage (0.920) at the end of the regular season and were second nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 7.44 goals per game, less than a goal per game from the national leader, Maryland
  • The Spiders finished first in the league in 10 of the 15 team statistical categories as tracked by the NCAA…
    • Scoring offense (11.75)
    • Scoring defense (7.44)
    • Scoring margin (4.31)
    • Assists per game (7.25)
    • Points per game (19.0)
    • Win percentage (0.688)
    • Caused turnovers per game (8.25)
    • Man-down defense (0.789)
    • Ground balls per game (32.19)
    • Clearing percentage (0.920)
  • Mitch Goldberg, Peter Moran and Ryan Dennis were named to the 2015 Southern Conference All-Tournament Team
  • After posting a shutout quarter three times in 2014, the Spiders did it 11 times in 2015, including the first three quarters against VMI in the program’s biggest win ever, 20-1, on March 14 in the first-ever Southern Conference game. The only time Richmond has ever shutout an opponent in the second half was in a come-from-behind win at Bellarmine on April 18, 2015.
  • Richmond reached 20 goals in a game three times, setting a new program record with 21 goals in a 21-3 win over NJIT on March 23
  • The Spiders set a new program for goals allowed, beating the old mark of six on five occasions, holding VMI to one goal on March 14
  • Richmond had its first game with four teammates recording hat tricks in a 20-9 win at High Point on April 11
  • Mitch Goldberg, the program’s all-time leading scorer, secured his team-best 10th career hat trick in the final game of the season, a double overtime loss to High Point in the Conference Tournament final. He established a new program record with five goals in a single game, setting it against Rutgers on February 14, and repeating the feat against No. 17 Marquette on February 22. He scored 29 goals for the season to sit at 61, the most goals and points (82) in a career for the Spiders
  • J.P. Forester led the team with 30 goals and 50 points for the season He became the first 50-point performer for a season in program history. Forester set a new program mark with seven points in a single game (three goals, four assists) against VMI on March 14
  • Brendan Hynes collected 68 ground balls and caused 30 turnovers, both season highs. He is the program’s all-time leader in both categories (148 GB, 65 CT) and one of only two players with 100 ground balls (Peter Moran has 107) 50 caused turnovers (Ryan Dennis has 50)
  • Sophomore Jean-Luc Chetner is the program’s all-time leader in assists, with 29
  • Redshirt senior Mickey Hofmeister, who transferred to the program after graduating from VMI the season before, put his name in the record book with four game-winning goals, the most ever in a single season and tied for the most for a Spider career
  • Four Spiders scored 20 or more goals, and five Spiders recorded 10 or more assists, both program records
  • Richmond tied for the second-most regular season home games in the country (9)
  • After establishing the school marks with 150 saves and a 0.528 save percentage last season, goalie Benny Pugh set new marks with 160 saves and a 0.590 save percentage in 2015. Pugh was second in the country at the end of the regular season for save percentage and third in goals-against average, at 7.42 per game. He tied his own school record from 2014 with 17 saves against No. 2 North Carolina on March 14. He is the only goalie with a win to his record at UR and possesses a 17-14 mark all-time. He won all 11 Spiders games for the season
  • The Spiders won Player of the Week nine of the 12 regular-season weeks. Goalie Benny Pugh earned Defensive Player of the Week on February 10, 17 and March 10. Mitch Goldberg earned Offensive Player of the Week on February 24. Defenseman Brendan Hynes took Defensive Player of the Week on March 24, April 7, 14 and 21. J.P. Forester took Offensive Player of the Week on April 21
  • Forester won SoCon Player of the Month for March and April
  • Hynes Took Defensive Player of the Month for April

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