UVA Rallies To Beat UNC 12-11 In OT

UVA Rallies To Beat UNC 12-11 In OT

UVA Rallies To Beat UNC 12-11 In OT

UVA Rallies To Beat UNC 12-11 In OT

CHAPEL HILL, NC—Steve Giannone scored on a rebound with 1:01 remaining in overtime to send Virginia past North Carolina 12-11 in the rain at Fetzer Field Saturday.

The overtime victory is Virginia’s third of the season and the second in a row over the Tar Heels.

The fourth-ranked Cavaliers got back on the winning track following last week’s disappointing loss to Maryland improve to 10-1 this season with their first ACC victory of the year. The sixth-ranked Tar Heels fall to 7-3 this season, including 0-3 in the ACC.

Giannone’s goal capped a remarkable rally by the Cavaliers, who trailed 11-8 with less than three-and-a-half minutes to play.

“I thought we let the game get away from us a little bit in the third quarter,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “Similar to what happened to us last week (against Maryland), I thought we got a little discouraged because we weren’t getting the ball by (goalie Grant) Zimmerman the way we wanted to.”

Virginia inched back in the final minutes with three consecutive goals to send the game to overtime. Giannone notched his first goal of the afternoon with 3:22 remaining in regulation.

The Cavaliers won the ensuing faceoff and pulled closer on Ben Rubeor’s third goal of the game with 2:43 to play.

The Tar Heels won the next faceoff, but Michael J. Burns took a risky shot that was saved easily by Bud Petit with 2:31 to play. The Cavaliers cleared the ball but Danny Glading’s shot to tie hit the pipe at the 1:51 mark. North Carolina gathered the loose ball but quickly turned it over when a long pass downfield was intercepted.

Virginia called timeout with 50 seconds left in regulation to set up a play. Brian Carroll misfired high with 24 seconds left. On the restart Danny Glading looped around from the left side and sent a low shot from 14 yards past Zimmerman to send the game to overtime with 17 seconds remaining.

“We got a little discouraged (in the third quarter), but then we were ready to fight back in the fourth quarter,” Starsia said.

Despite losing the overtime faceoff, the Cavaliers controlled the tempo in the extra session. Zimmerman saved a Rubeor shot with 2:17 to go, but an aggressive ride by Rubeor caused a Tar Heel turnover. Cavalier longstick Mike Timms scooped the loose ball at the restraining line to give his team its second possession of overtime.

Following a successful clear, Virginia patiently worked the ball around its offensive zone looking for a good opportunity. With the clock closing in on a minute, Glading again had good position on his man and fired a shot at Zimmerman. Zimmerman stopped the ball but it bounced directly to Giannone who found himself all alone on the crease. Giannone calmly snared the free ball and put it past Zimmerman for the winner.

Petit was outstanding in goal for the Cavaliers in his first start in three years. He recorded a career-high 13 saves, including the big save of Burns late in the game that gave Virginia its final possession of regulation.

“I thought Bud played very well—he gave us a chance to win,” Starsia said of his fifth-year player. “I don’t know what his stats look like, but they probably don’t reflect the impact he had on the game overall.”

The Cavaliers return to action at home at Klöckner Stadium against Duke. The game is set to face off at 6 pm and will be televised on ESPNU.

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UVA's Third OT Win
    by (#136419) on 4/06/08 @3:43PM
They also beat Syracuse and Hopkins in OT. So, having so much close game experience could REALLY help UVA in the tournament.
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    by (#185818) on 4/06/08 @8:31PM
Way to come back, i think UVA being down 3 and scoring a goal a minute in those last few minutes shows how UVA can keep its composer and not freak out when there down because they have the confidence and coaching ablility to come back and win...

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    by (#167651) on 4/06/08 @9:45PM
great game, even better come back. UVA had me a little worried for a while but they've proven that they can make comebacks
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    by (#177764) on 4/07/08 @12:01AM
Could UNC please get an ACC win?! This is straight up embarrassing and depressing. After blowing it against Duke all three times last year, and getting dominated by Duke and Maryland this year, I thought that maybe we could stick it out against UVA. It seemed as if everything was going fine but as soon as it went into OT the momentum was gone and it looked like the Heels just accepted defeat....AGAIN.
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