RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Spiders’ men’s lacrosse program is ranked 11th in the country, its highest standing in its four year history. Much of the program’s success comes from this season’s senior class, one that is led by Powhatan native Benny Pugh in goal.
‘The amount of respect that everybody in the locker room has for Benny,” says Spiders head coach Dan Chemotti, “is truly impressive.”
Pugh leads the NCAA in save percentage (.704) and has the fourth most career saves (385) among active goalkeepers.
“You don’t get that if you aren’t willing to take a bullet for your teammates,” says Chemotti, “he takes about 40 bullets every game.”
Pugh wasn’t heavily recruited coming out of Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Va. Mainly because he didn’t get into the recruiting process soon enough. Luckily for him, he contacted Chemotti after visiting the University of Richmond campus in 2012, determined to don the Spider logo and the rest as they say, was history.
“It’s been more fun than I ever could have imagined,” says Pugh, “It’s pretty surreal.”
Pugh is a Biology major and wants to pursue a career that helps with the environment or get into coaching lacrosse, basically anything that is hands on and not at a desk.
“I always just encourage guys to use the resources that you have here and just do all the hard work you can to accomplish whatever you want to accomplish and it’ll happen,” says Pugh. “This is a great place for it.”
Before graduating, he and the Spiders have unfinished business at Robins Stadium, hosting 14th ranked Virginia on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Cavaliers have beaten Richmond in all three of their previous meetings.
“I think we’ve got a pretty good answer for anything they throw at us,” says Pugh, “we just need to do what we do best, just keep the game simple and have fun.”