CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia defeated Mount St. Mary's 6-1 in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday.
Dennis, who paced the Mountaineers with 11 goals and one assist for 23 points as a freshman, notched the squad's first-ever goal against the Atlantic Coast Conference program. The sophomore took advantage of a Virginia miscue to get the ball and fired a shot into the right corner at 80:35.
Will Bates recorded three goals in the first half for the Cavaliers (3-2) while Chris Somerville posted two tallies and Darius Madison also found the twine. Spencer LaCivita made one save in the first 45 minutes while Matt Miscione played the final 45 minutes and turned away four shots.
Playing for the first time since 2009, Virginia jumped out to the early advantage and never looked back to defeat Mount St. Mary's for eighth time in the series. The Mountaineers lost 1-0 in the last meeting in 2009 in Charlottesville.
Bates got the scoring started with a pair of goals in the first 20 minutes of the match. Bates headed in the first tally of the night at the 13-minute mark off a pass from Eric Bird and then used his head again at 19:40 off a corner kick from Scott Thomsen.
After Madison increased the advantage to 3-0 with his first goal of the year at 27:34, Bates was at the right place at the right time again when he knocked in a rebound off a penalty kick save from Steve at 36:19 to complete the hat trick in the first half and to hand the Cavaliers a 4-0 lead.
For the third time on the night, Virginia was granted a penalty kick. Steve made the stop on the first attempt in the first half, but Somerville converted the PK chance at the 70-minute mark to increase the advantage to five goals.
Dennis ended the shutout with a goal in the final 10 minutes, but Somerville sealed the Virginia win with a goal in the final two minutes.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday at home against Lafayette. Game time is 1 p.m.