Virginia vs. Bryant
February 16, 2009
The Game Story:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Junior midfielder Brian Carroll tied his career high with three goals and goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman made 12 saves to propel Virginia to a 10-4 victory over Bryant Monday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium.

The second-ranked Cavaliers won their second game of the season in just over 48 hours, while Bryant, playing its first game at the Division I level, is now 0-1.

“I thought today that Bryant played really hard. You could tell they were very excited,” said Virginia head coach Don Starsia. “Give them a lot of credit for what they did out here today. And I thought our kids played hard. We clearly didn’t execute, especially in the third quarter offensively the way we would have liked to, but I thought our effort was always there. I thought we were always on the loose balls and we were always hustling around. We’ve just got to be sharper.”

After a back-and-forth opening six minutes, the Cavaliers scored two goals one-and-a-half minutes apart midway through the first quarter to take the lead they would never relinquish.

Freshman Steele Stanwick opened the scoring at the 8:54 mark by converting a nice pass from Danny Glading into the first of his two goals. A minute later midfielder Max Pomper found Steve Giannone cutting toward the goal and hit him with a nice lead pass for an easy goal to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead.

Attackman Kevin Hoagland, Bryant’s leading returning scorer, tallied the first of his two goals with less than five minutes to play in the first quarter to cut Virginia’s lead in half.

The Cavaliers answered with four goals over the next 10 minutes to build a 6-1 lead midway through the second quarter. Carroll scored twice during the run, while John Haldy and Glading scored once. The teams traded goals the rest of the half with Virginia enjoying an 8-3 advantage at halftime.

Bryant matched Virginia shot for shot (19) in the first half, but only scored three times as Ghitelman consistently turned Bulldog shots aside. He made seven of his 12 saves in the first half.

“Today was a little bit of a coming out party for Adam Ghitelman,” Starsia said. “It just seemed like Adam stepped up and made the saves for us whenever we needed them. That was a terrific day for that young goalie.”

While Ghitelman’s play certainly highlighted an outstanding effort by the Cavalier defense, he also got tremendous performances from the defenders in front of him. Ken Clausen snared a career-high 10 ground balls and caused four turnovers, while Matt Kelly and longstick midfielder Mike Timms each finished with three ground balls. Ryan Nizolek held Zack Greer, the NCAA’s all-time leading goal scorer, to just two assists and forced him to miss all five shots. In five previous games against Virginia while playing at Duke, Greer scored 13 goals on just 25 shots.

Virginia plays its first road game of the season Saturday at Stony Brook. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 pm.