Virginia vs. Towson
March 16, 2003
The Game Story:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-Behind a solid defensive effort led by goalie Tillman Johnson's season-high 15 saves, the Virginia men's lacrosse team kept visiting Towson in check to post a 10-2 victory. The two scores given up by the Cavaliers are the fewest they've allowed in a game since a 7-2 win over Maryland during the 2001 campaign.

Johnson recorded seven saves in the opening quarter and didn't give up a goal until less than two minutes were left before half-time. With the 15 saves, Johnson jumped into 10th place on UVa's all-time leader chart with 378 career saves. "Tillman played the way we expected him to play," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "This was a game where we needed to play tough defense and he did a great job for us. He really bailed us out at times."

In the first half, Johnson weathered 23 shots, saved 11 of them, and only allowed one to get past him, while the Virginia offense scored on six of their 20 attempts. "It gives me confidence to play a game like today," said Johnson. "I stepped up and I knew we needed to play tough defense against Towson and we did."

Senior midfielder Billy Glading, who had a game-high three goals, struck first-blood for Virginia with his first goal, 6:18 left in the first quarter. Despite 21 combined shots from both teams during the first period, Glading's shot was the lone ball that found the back of the net. Each team had scoring chances, but stingy defense and 11 combined saves on both sides contributed to the scoring drought. "Tillman played great," said Glading. "He stopped a lot of their drives and did the job for us today."

After Glading's lone score in the first period, Virginia scored five unanswered goals during the second stanza. Freshman Matt Poskay, sophomore John Christmas, and senior Chris Rotelli all connected for a goal apiece, while senior middie A.J. Shannon added two goals during that span.

In the second half with the score 6-1, senior and long-stick midfielder Trey Whitty opened second half scoring for Virginia with a goal at the 8:41 mark. Brad Monaco scored Towson's last goal a minute later off of Peyton Chane's assist, to trim the deficit to 8-2. But that's as close as Towson would get before Glading scored the game's final two goals, one unassisted with 1:32 left in the third quarter and the last shot finding the net midway through the final period.

Towson's two goals today are the fewest the Tigers have scored in a game since 1992.

Virginia returns to action next Saturday (March 22) when the squad visits Johns Hopkins at 8 pm. The game will be televised in the Baltimore area on WMAR-TV, Channel 2.

Towon travels to Delaware next Saturday to face the Blue Hens at 7 pm.