UVA Takes Down Princeton In Monsoon, 12-10

UVA Takes Down Princeton In Monsoon, 12-10

UVA Takes Down Princeton In Monsoon, 12-10

UVA Takes Down Princeton In Monsoon, 12-10

PRINCETON, NJ—Virginia scored four goals in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the second half to break open a tight contest and defeat Princeton 12-10 in the rain at Princeton Stadium.

The game was an historic occasion for lacrosse as the first regular-season game televised on ESPN.

The win is the sixth in a row without a defeat for the third-ranked Cavaliers, while Princeton lost for the second week in a row to fall to 1-2 overall.

Brian Carroll paced the Cavalier offense with three goals and an assist to become the first UVa midfielder with at least six multi-goal games since David Curry had seven in in 1997. Ben Rubeor, coming off a knee injury in only his third game, also scored three times. Danny Glading continued his fine work directing the Virginia attack with two goals and two assists.

“I think it was a good win against a quality team in adverse conditions on the road,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “We’re still working through some things, but we played much harder and smarter in the second half and I’m glad we were able to take control of the game and get the W.”

Shamel Bratton opened the third quarter scoring a minute-and-a-half in with a nice dodge move to beat goalie Alex Hewit to give the Cavaliers a 7-5 lead. Carroll scored in front 22 seconds later and was followed by Glading’s wraparound at the 12:39 mark as Virginia extended the lead to 9-5.

Virginia’s lead grew to 10-5 on Carroll’s extra-man goal at the 11:43 mark of the third quarter. The goal was UVa’s first extra-man goal against Princeton in four years. Brian McDermott got three of his seven faceoff wins during the run as Virginia scored on four of five shots to double up the Tigers.

“(At halftime) we talked about picking the ball up off the ground,” said Starsia about his team’s second-half play. “I thought in the first half Princeton beat us to the ball consistently all over the field. I was really disappointed in our effort (and) I think we responded in the second half.”

Princeton scored three in a row over the next 7:43 to pull within 10-8, but Carroll’s third goal of the quarter gave the Cavaliers some breathing room heading into the fourth quarter.

Rubeor opened the final period with an extra-man goal to put UVa ahead 12-8. Bob Schneider notched his second of the game at the 8:58 mark and Mark Kovler’s fourth of the game with 2:07 left cut Virginia’s lead in half at 12-10. Alex Berg won the ensuing faceoff for Princeton but Adam Ghitelman made a terrific save of Dan Cocoziello’s shot to stop the Tigers’ momentum. Ghitelman finished with 12 saves, including nine in the first half.

The Cavaliers stay on the road with a game at Mount St. Mary’s Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

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Gavin Gill For Virginia
    by (#136419) on 3/09/08 @3:40AM
Of course, he is the latest Gill to be at Virginia. Conor was the first, and may be the greatest attackman to ever play the game. Gavin, like his brother Brendon, plays behind some awesome offensive players and hasn't been popping up on the box scores too much. If Gavin were at almost any other program, he would be starting and possibly be a 1st or 2nd Team All-American. This just shows how loaded UVA is. But, I bet that Gavin is thrilled to be at UVA. He is continuing the family tradition, and what lacrosse player wouldn't want to go to UVA with all that they have to offer?

Rubeor will graduate after this season, and I bet that Gavin starts next season and has a breakthrough year. By the way, have any of you ever met their family? They seem really cool!
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    by (#185033) on 3/09/08 @11:38AM
Yeah...I saw Gavin Gill at a scrimmage and he was tearing it up. They played at Georgetown and he seemed to be one of the few who was putting the ball in the net.
In the pregame scrimmage thing, he scored like three in a row over a minute, all from the same side and same shot, it was crazy.

Yeah he's got a good chance at starting, that is if steele stanwick isn't as good as he is supposed to be.
Actually I was sitting in front of alot of people who knew Gill...they said stuff like yeah I called him last night and stuff so idk
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Are you serious?
    by (#1384) on 3/09/08 @12:35PM
Get out of your parent's basement and get a life.
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    by (#142666) on 3/09/08 @12:58PM
"Conor was the first, and may be the greatest attackman to ever play the game"

Sure, Gill was a prolific feeder for UVA, and truly a great player. But conferring the status of "greatest" is highly debatable. Especially when you consider that 2 other Cav attackmen amassed more assists per game than he ever did. Can you name them???

As for best attackman all-time? Have you forgotten about: Gary Gait, Eamon McEneaney, Tim Nelson, Ryan Boyle, Kevin Lowe, Tim O'Hara, John Zulberti, John Grant, Tim Goldstein?

In my book, Cornell's Tim French was and still remains the premier NCAA attackman. The guy was virtually unstoppable -- averaging OVER 6 points a game during his Big Red career. What a show he put on. And he accomplished it all with a crosse that was flat-out primitive by today's standard.
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Gary Gait Was A Middie, Don't Forget
    by (#136419) on 3/09/08 @1:05PM
And, I say that the two players who averaged more assists than Gill at UVA were:

Tucker Radebaugh, who graduated in 1999

Tim Whitely, who graduated in 1996
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Whiteley is the correct spelling!
    by (#136419) on 3/09/08 @1:24PM
My bad!
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Whiteley, yes. Radebaugh, no
    by (#142666) on 3/09/08 @1:38PM
Kris Snider = 3.35

Jay Connor = 3.26* (2 year career)

Tim Whitely = 2.52

Gill = 2.47
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my bad
    by (#142666) on 3/09/08 @1:49PM
Sorry, Connor was a 2 time-time All American, but played 4 years at UVA (1969-1972)
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    by (#169967) on 3/09/08 @3:00PM
he played in summer legue wit me and he was sick
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Gavin's Father Is A Big Man In Lacrosse
    by (#136419) on 3/09/08 @3:21PM
I think he is a big man in the lacrosse foundation.
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Princeton still is a quality team
    by (#135422) on 3/09/08 @7:54AM
Although they never had the lead princeton played their butts off and made virginia earn this win. They were able to answer almost every run that the cavs had and were seeing production from different people. They dominated faceoffs and IMO had a much better transition game. Virginia just scored more when they had to. It was a fun game to watch, and a GREAT game to debut lacrosse on espn! (regular season game that is)
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Princeton Offense
    by (#165751) on 3/09/08 @1:07PM
needs an overhaul...they need to learn how to run. You cant slow everything town and act like you have all day when your down by 2 with under a minute in the fourth...
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down** (nt)
    by (#165751) on 3/09/08 @1:07PM
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    by (#135422) on 3/09/08 @1:22PM
Princeton's offence needs a new style of play. At one time they only needed to be able to score at most 10 goals a game and their defence would do the rest. However the game has changed, and expecially with their scheduel where they're playing quality opponents that can score this system of gameplay breaks down. I think they're on the right track and the mcbride's will only improve and mabey not this year but certainly by their senior year i think princeton can make a final 4 run and mabey even a championship apperence.
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    by (#191039) on 3/13/08 @9:31PM
I agree. UVa needs to step it up defensively however, because while we're getting the ball in the cage, the defense doesn't seem to be able to keep the ball out. We really need to work on playing with strong movement and getting the ball cleared. We're very lucky to have beaten a team who managed to get into double digits. We can't let them get this close. While Princeton is undoubtedly one of the best lacrosse teams in the country, UVa should not have let that many goals in. We have to keep Hopkins out.
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