UVA Comes From Behind To Drop Princeton 7-6

UVA Comes From Behind To Drop Princeton 7-6

UVA Comes From Behind To Drop Princeton 7-6

UVA Comes From Behind To Drop Princeton 7-6

Charlottesville, Va. - Junior attackman Ben Rubeor scored with 25.4 seconds remaining to propel Virginia to a hard fought 7-6 win over Princeton before 4143 fans at Klöckner Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The win is the Cavaliers' fourth in a row as they improve to 4-1 overall this season. It is also the second year in a row they have defeated the Tigers by a 7-6 score as No. 8 Virginia runs its winning streak to three in a row in the series. For the seventh-ranked Tigers it is their second one-goal loss in a row as they are now 1-2 this season.

Princeton's Peter Trombino and Alex Haynie opened the scoring to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead with just over five minutes gone. The Cavaliers forged the first of three ties in the game on goals from Rubeor and Garrett Billings a short time later.

Bob Schneider helped the Tigers regain the lead with his second goal of the season with 50 seconds left in the first quarter.

Josh Lesko extended the Tigers' lead to 4-2 with an unassisted goal in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Freshman George Huguely scored the first goal of his career at the 11:59 mark to draw Virginia within one, but Trombino answered 50 seconds later for Princeton.

The Cavaliers put together a two-goal run of their own on goals by Will Barrow and Billings to knot the score at 5-all at halftime.

Junior midfielder Jack Riley scored on a nifty roll in front to give the Cavaliers their first lead of the day at the 9:27 mark of the third quarter.

Trombino's third tally of the day created the game's third tie with 8:24 to play. The Tigers had several chances to take the lead in the final three minutes, but shots by Trombino and Scott Sowanick hit the pipe. Following Sowanick's miss less than two minutes to play, Mark Kovler picked up the loose ball in front but was stuffed by goalie Kip Turner.

The Cavaliers cleared the ball and called timeout with 1:22 left. They called a second timeout with 32 seconds on the clock. On the restart, Rubeor got inside position on his defender and beat goalie Alex Hewit on a sprint from behind the goal to give the Cavaliers the lead 7-6 with 25.4 seconds on the clock.

Princeton won the ensuing faceoff but was unable to get a shot off in an unsettled situation in front as time expired.

Turner was outstanding in goal for Virginia and finished with 10 saves, including six in the second half. Several of his saves came in one-on-one situations and clearly provided a lift for his team.

Adam Fassnacht controlled the faceoffs for Virginia, winning nine of 12 in his third outstanding performance in a row. For the game, the Cavaliers won 10 of 17 draws.

Ricky Smith joined Turner in the defensive effort by causing five turnovers and scooping four ground balls.

Virginia returns to action this Tuesday (March 13) against Mount St. Mary's at Klöckner Stadium. The game is scheduled to face off at 7:30 p.m.

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Hewitt and Turner-The 2 Best In The Country?
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @5:00PM
I think it is possible. However, Schwartzman for Hopkins would get some consideration from some people, I'm sure! I didn't see the game today, but I saw all 3 of those goalies play last weekend, and each made some awesome saves!

This may not be the only time we see these 2 teams play this season! If they met in the playoffs, though, I would pick Princeton any day of the week. When it comes to playoff games, Tierney owns Starsia in their meetings.
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Tierney's Best Coaching Job Ever
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @7:43PM
That came in 2000 in the Final Four against Virginia. Princeton was very young, and UVA had a loaded team, led by Conor Gill, Jay Jalbert, and Ryan Curtis. Virginia had a 4 goal lead in the 4th quarter, but Princeton came back and won by 1. People blamed the Virginia goalie, but I disagree. I think that Tierney outcoached Starsia so badly down the stretch it wasn't even funny!

Don't get me wrong-Starsia is a great coach. However, he is nothing compared to Bill Tierney, except as a recruiter.

If these 2 teams meet again, it could be deja vu.
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    by (#138386) on 3/12/07 @7:21PM
hewit is probobly the #1 goalie closely followed by kip turner and jesse schwartzman.

not that the pros is that major right now, but hewit would be a better keeper in the MLL.

but kip's stance is pretty crazy but he manages to make the saves. in the game princeton gave him some of those saves
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UVA and Princeton-Top 2 Coaching Staffs In Country
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @5:06PM
I think so! Princeton has Tierney, the best ever, and Associate Head Coach Dave Metzbower. Virginia has Starsia, maybe the best recruiter ever and underrated as a game coach, and Associate Head Coach Marc Van Arsdale. I don't know if there are any other schools right now where the top assistant has the title of associate head coach. Both Metzbower and Van Arsdale are in their early 40's so I wouldn't be surprised if both stay at their current schools and take over the reigns after Tierney and Starsia, respectively, call it quits.
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Nappy please.........
    by (#78222) on 3/10/07 @6:27PM
get carpal tunnel.
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How sweet of you!
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @6:40PM
Thanks a lot! It is so cool when you wish someone misfortune! There are a lot of people in the world I don't like, but I never wish them misfortune. If you don't like my posts, freakin' scroll down! It just takes a second. It is sad how a lot of you just give me heck for my opinions and don't even talk about lacrosse. Do you guys have fun being negative and criticizing? Like I have said, you all and Simon of "American Idol" would make a great team!
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    by (#78222) on 3/10/07 @7:53PM
Nappy....I wish no one problems...as a matter of fact, I'd rather read posts like yours (and mine) than some of the other rude, crude, juvenile, and cursing comments of other a-holes. I'm just bustin' b@lls. GO GULLS...terps too.
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Terps come to Navy this year!
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @9:04PM
That should be a good game, and it could end up being a very important game for both teams. Are you going? I hope to go!
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Terps come to Navy this year!
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @9:05PM
That should be a good game, and it could end up being a very important game for both teams. Are you going? I hope to go!
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You are a Gulls fan!
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @9:21PM
That is cool! Like I said before, that is awesome that the "War On The Shore" is returing to the Shore. M&T Bank Stadium is a great venue, but the war has got to be on the Shore every year.

P.S.-I am a Gettysburg grad. I know that we have a bit of a rivalry with Salisbury. You guys have won a lot of titles. We are probably the best program ever in DIII who hasn't won one yet. I wonder if that will change someday.
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ohh yes...
    by (#97931) on 3/10/07 @6:41PM
haha yes please do. thank you catpat. Why do you have to make two consecutive posts and use so many freaking !'s
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You guys are too much!
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @6:45PM
This is a freakin' lacrosse website, not a presidential campaign. Okay, maybe I do use too many exclamation points, and I will try to stop. However, everyone has a right to his or her opinion on this board.
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    by (#38957) on 3/10/07 @7:24PM
Yes, you are very right. However, it's not necessary
to post "your opinion" twice!
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What is the capacity of UVA's stadium?
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @7:59PM
Does anyone know? I have never been there, but it looks like it seats somewhere from 4,500 to 5,000 people. With the success of the lacrosse team, I wonder if they will decide to make it bigger someday. The size of their crowds are pretty impressive, considering that the area is not a hotbed for lacrosse. Schools like Hopkins and Navy get large crowds, but they are in areas where there are lacrosse fanatics all over the place.
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    by (#154810) on 3/10/07 @8:09PM
honestly, who cares?
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Ben Rubeor is awesome!
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @9:13PM
Not only does he get a lot of points, but he gets them in clutch times, too. If he keeps this up, he will be a leading candidate for National Player Of The Year. I remember him in 2001, when he was a freshman at Loyola Blakefield in Baltimore. He was a star on their MIAA title winning team, and everyone knew that he had a big-time future. Boy, were they ever right!
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I know that was a random question!
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @9:15PM
I'm sure a lot of people could care less, but I was just curious.
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(no subject)
    by (#138386) on 3/11/07 @11:37AM
it can hold about 7,000 with the grass area around the side and ends...very nice grass also
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    by (#142666) on 3/12/07 @6:23PM
They had over 7,400 at the Hopkins game last year.
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defense wins championships
    by (#138386) on 3/11/07 @11:41AM
both defenses for UVA and Princeton played excellent. kip turner and alex hewit played exceptional also; both with 10 saves. both teams had to keep it in several times (no suprise with princeton) and was a well played game by both teams. i could see both these teams in the championship or semifinal game depending on how the brackets end up.
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Sorry to change sports!
    by (#136419) on 3/11/07 @12:13PM
Now that March Madness is here, I feel that it is time to say that Georgetown's basketball team reminds me a lot of some of Princeton's early to mid 90's lacrosse teams. Georgetown hoops plays awesome defense, and Princeton's lacrosse teams back then had an awesome defense, led by players such as goalie Scott Bacigalupo, maybe the best ever, and defenseman David Morrow. Georgetown hoops has good offensive players and plays a ball control game and does a great job working the clock. Princeton's lacrosse teams back then had great offensive players like Andy Moe, Justin Tortolani, Scott Reinhardt, Kevin Lowe, Taylor Simmers, and Scott Conklin, and they ran the same kind of offense.

With this type of game plan in lacrosse or basketball(smothering defense and ball control offense), if a team executes it real well, it takes the other team, which usually plays more uptempo, out of their game. It is especially dangerous when a team that plays this way gets a large lead.

In 1992, very few people thought that Princeton had a shot to win it all. However, they quieted the doubters by beating North Carolina 16-14 in the semis and Syracuse 10-9 in double overtime in the title game.

This Georgetown basketball team is ranked in the Top 10. However, I don't think that many people are picking them to win it all! Could this be deja vu all over again.

P.S.-Of course, before coming to Georgetown, John Thompson, III was the basketball coach at Princeton.
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    by (#131429) on 3/12/07 @11:38PM
actually from what ive seen everyone is on the gtown basketball bandwagon which could be a curse for them personally i still think unc or texas has a great shot at beating them but will find out in a couple weeks
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Kevin Durant=the Carmelo Anthony of this year?
    by (#136419) on 3/13/07 @10:48AM
I'm not trying to turn this into a basketball chat, but the fact that you mentioned Texas and that you are a 'Cuse fan makes me think of something. I just talked to a good buddy of mine, and he thinks that Kevin Durant, the super freshman from Texas, will carry the Longhorns on his back to the title game just like Carmelo Anthony did 4 seasons ago. However, he has Texas losing to Wisconsin in the title game.
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