The University of Virginia needed a seven goal 3rd quarter to pull away from a feisty Towson team en route to an 18-13 victory. Attackmen Garrett Billings and Ben Rubeor led the way for UVA with six (2g, 4a) and five points (3g, 2a) respectively, while junior Gavin Gill also added five points (2g, 3a) as he was able to be more of a focal point of the offense since Danny Glading was sidelined shortly after scoring the game’s opening goal with a hamstring injury. Towson was led by sophomore Eric Boyle’s five-point performance (2,3). Three goal days by attackmen Bill McCutcheon and Jonathan Engelke gave Towson a lift.
Towson, MD – What many thought may be a blowout turned into a competitive late afternoon game thanks to a passionate performance by the Towson Tigers. Towson never held the lead, but forced four ties in the first half to send the game into halftime knotted at seven. A five goal run by UVA and five different players to start the second half proved to be too much for Towson to overcome.
Fourteen different players registered points for the Cavaliers, while 13 of them registered goals. UVA moved to 8-0 tied with Duke (7-0) and Quinnipiac (6-0) for the best record in DI. It wasn’t an easy win by any means for the Cavaliers, as they struggled to put the game away until the third quarter. In the second, UVA threatened to pull away, but Towson senior goalie Billy Sadtler came up big with six saves on 18 shots in the period while only allowing two goals. Towson appears to have a bit of a goalie battle as Sadtler started the game and played the majority of the first half. Senior Matt Antol, Towson’s starts in ’07, was warmed up at the beginning of halftime and came in at various points of the second half. He seemed to be the goalie of choice for when Towson needed to send the goalie out to double.
Credit Towson for an aggressive game plan defensively. Towson threw a couple of surprises at Virginia as they sent Sadtler (and later Antol) out to cover an offensive player while they doubled the ball and applied pressure. This, along with a 10-man ride, created a few turnovers and put pressure on Virginia offensively, which took a little getting used to for the Cavs.
Neither team really distinguished themselves facing off (16 wins for Virginia, to 17 for Towson) or clearing the ball (78% for Virginia and 71% for Towson), but Virginia did generate quite a few more shots, 54-36. Both teams were pretty successful on the man-up. Virginia went 2-for-3, while Towson showed great ball movement in going 3-for-7 with one goal wiped off because the ball carrier was so wide open he accidentally stepped in the crease. Freshman Adam Ghitelman had a solid day in between the pipes for the Cavaliers with 14 saves to help keep the Tigers at bay.
Towson heads north to take on Hofstra for a Colonial Athletic Association match-up this week as they try to right the ship and improve on their 1-3 record. After three straight away games, Virginia finally returns home to take on the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays on the 22nd in a game which is sure to entertain. -------
From Press Release
TOWSON, MD—For the second Saturday in a row, Virginia used a big run early in the second half to break open a tight contest and defeat Towson 18-13 before a crowd of 1851 fans at Johnny Unitas Stadium and extend the nation’s longest winning streak to eight games.
Ben Rubeor scored three goals to lead a balanced offensive effort for the second-ranked Cavaliers. Thirteen different Cavaliers scored as Virginia improved to 8-0 on the season.
Towson lost for the eighth consecutive time to Virginia as the Tigers fall to 1-3 overall.
Virginia scored twice in the opening three-and-a-half minutes, but the Tigers answered with goals 37 seconds apart to forge the first of three first-half ties.
Garett Ince, who won 14 of 26 faceoffs, scored quickly after the faceoff following Towson’s second goal as Virginia scored three of the game’s next four goals to build a 5-3 lead midway through the first quarter. Rubeor and Garrett Billings tallied 12 seconds apart to give UVA its second two-goal lead of the quarter.
Jonathan Engelke and Bill McCutcheon strung together goals for Towson late in the quarter to knot the score at five.
Brian Carroll’s extra-man goal and Gavin Gill’s goal from the right side pushed Virginia’s lead to 7-5 halfway through the second quarter.
Towson used goals by McCutcheon and Engelke to send the teams to the locker room tied at seven and marking only the second time all season Virginia was tied at the break.
As they did in last week’s win over Princeton, the Cavaliers came out of the locker room with a purpose by scoring four goals in the opening four minutes to build their biggest lead of the game at 11-7. Gill got the Cavaliers started with his second of the day and was followed 18 seconds later by Mike Thompson’s second goal of the year. Brian Carroll tallied at the 12:11 mark and Will Barrow less than a minute later to give Virginia some breathing room.
“I was pleased that we battled in the second half,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “I thought that we played better when we came out of the locker room—that’s been a characteristic of this team. But we’ve got to play better in the beginning of the game.”
Ben Rubeor’s goal at the 9:12 mark was Virginia’s fifth in a row as the Cavaliers scored on five of their first eight shots of the half to build a five-goal cushion at 12-7.
Towson chipped away at the Cavaliers’ lead with scores by McCutcheon and Eric Boyle, but goals by Billings and Steve Giannone enabled Virginia to take a 14-9 lead into the fourth quarter.
Randall Cooper’s extra-man goal and Tim Stratton’s third goal of the season cut Virginia’s lead to 14-11. Drew Garrison notched an extra-man goal of his own to push Virginia’s lead to four, but Adam Hagelin and Boyle strung back-to-back goals together to pull Towson within two at 15-13. The Tigers would not be able to get any closer however as Virginia closed the contest with three unanswered goals.
Adam Ghitelman recorded a career-high 14 saves, including 10 in the second half to give the Virginia defense an important lift.
“I thought we did a better job defensively in the second half,” Starsia said. “Ghitelman seemed like he had his eye on the ball a little better and I thought we were much more alert on the defensive end of the field. If we had just stayed out of the penalty box and not turned the ball over on some of those man-down clears, we would have been even more successful.”
The Cavaliers return home to Klöckner Stadium next Saturday to play host to Johns Hopkins. The game is scheduled to faceoff at 4 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.
|Eric Boyle||(2, 3)|
|Jonathan Engelke||(3, 1)|
|Bill Mccutcheon||(3, 0)|
|Tim Stratton||(1, 1)|
|Adam Hagelin||(2, 0)|
|Randall Cooper||(1, 1)|
|Brian Vetter||(1, 0)|
|Blake Best||(0, 1)|
|Matt Latonick||(0, 1)|
|Billy Sadtler||11 (0.440)|
|Matt Antol||2 (0.333)|
|Adam Ghitelman||14 (0.519)|