UVA Rallies To Nip UMBC 10-9

UVA Rallies To Nip UMBC 10-9

UVA Rallies To Nip UMBC 10-9

UVA Rallies To Nip UMBC 10-9

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Attackman Garrett Billings scored three goals, including the game-winner, to lift Virginia to a 10-9 win over UMBC today at Klöckner Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Billings’ third goal with 6:50 to play broke the game’s fifth tie and set up a quarterfinal match-up against Maryland next Saturday in Annapolis, Md. Virginia and Maryland have split two previous meetings this season.

With the win, Virginia improves to 13-3 this season, the second time in the last three seasons the Cavaliers have won at least 13 games. UMBC saw its 11-game winning streak end as the Retrievers finish the season with a 12-4 record.

“I told the (team in the locker room after the game) I felt like the effort was always there,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “If this game hadn’t turned out the way that it did that I was still pleased with the effort overall. We just weren’t real sharp early in the game. (With exams and the irregular practice schedule), it seemed like we were a little out of sync early in the game, combined with (Jeremy) Blevins in the goal doing a nice job. I thought we had some decent chances early on that we didn’t cash in on.”

The Retrievers scored first as Kyle Wimer found Alex Hopmann all alone on the crease less than three minutes in.

The Cavaliers sent a barrage of shots (15) at Blevins in the first quarter but were only able to get two goals from Ben Rubeor in the quarter. Rubeor forced the first tie at the 6:54 mark and sent the Cavaliers into the lead with 1:48 remaining in the quarter. Hopmann tied the game for the second time with an extra-man goal with .8 seconds left in the period.

Hopmann’s goal started a 4-goal run as Maxx Davis tallied twice and Matt Latham once as UMBC built a 5-3 lead with less than three-and-a-half minutes to go until halftime.

Virginia inched closer as Billings scored his first goal of the game with 2:44 remaining and drew within one on Danny Glading’s goal with 20.3 seconds left in the half. Glading, who had scored just three goals in the previous four games, paced the Cavaliers with four goals.

“It was a game in which we were having a hard time gathering any momentum in the first half,” Starsia said. “I thought we made a little push at the end of the second quarter. We had the extra-man (opportunity) coming out of the locker room (to start the second half.) So I felt like we were in a pretty good position after floundering a little bit early in the game.”

The Cavaliers did not score on the extra man to start the second half, but Glading tied the score at five a short time later.

The tie lasted barely a minute before Wimer beat his man and sent a shot past goalie Bud Petit to give the Retrievers the 6-5 advantage. Latham notched his second goal of the day at the 9:45 mark to give UMBC its first two-goal lead of the half.

More than six minutes passed with no scoring before Glading scored his third goal of the game with 3:41 remaining in the quarter. His goal started a four-goal spree by Virginia as the Cavaliers took a 9-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Shamel Bratton tied the game with his first goal in three games and Billings sent his team into the lead with 1:50 by converting up top off a nice pass from Peter Lamade. Glading closed the quarter by splitting a double team and beating Blevins with 8.3 seconds left.

UMBC wasted little time drawing even behind goals by Wimer and Latham in the opening three minutes of the fourth quarter.

The teams traded possessions over the next six minutes as UMBC turned the ball over three times without taking a shot, while Virginia misfired on five shots. The Cavaliers capitalized on a slashing penalty by Bobby Atwell against Brian Carroll with 7:39 to play. Billings converted the man-up goal by taking a feed in front from Rubeor and depositing a shot in the back of the net 49 seconds later for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

UMBC has several good scoring chances in the final three minutes. Terry Kimener hit the crossbar with 2:30 left and had another shot saved with 38 seconds to go. Virginia turned the ball over twice in the final minute but the Retrievers were unable to score the equalizer. Wimer missed with seven seconds on the clock as Virginia gained possession as time expired.

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Valiant Effort By UMBC
    by (#136419) on 5/12/08 @11:02AM
Virginia is much more deep and talented than UMBC. But kudos to Don Zimmerman and UMBC for giving the Hoos a battle to the end. Considering that UMBC lost so much after last season, their great season has to be one of the success stories of 2007. IMHO, Zimmerman and Notre Dame's Kevin Corrigan have to be the leading candidates for National Coach of the Year.
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    by (#135016) on 5/12/08 @2:45PM
personally with the turn around that Desko made with Cuse this year he's pretty much at the top of the list, but yeah Corrigan and Zimmerman are pretty close.

Go Duke!
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are you kidding me
    by (#117375) on 5/12/08 @7:55PM
did you watch the game you wouldnt be even be able to say that if you did. Virginia was flat till the 4th quarter where basically glading carried the team with his rally goals. umbc looked like season pros taking care of business and the refs were favoring uva the whole game letting the cavs rag on the retrievers with little penalties. i think uva will loose to Maryland any who
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UVA came out flat...
    by (#156889) on 5/13/08 @12:26AM
This game, but they'll pick it up, thewy are never an easy side to beat.
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    by (#94265) on 5/14/08 @5:32AM
Maybe virginia being flat had something to do with the massively reduced crowd size...from the photos it looks like hardly anyone turned up. Anyone know why?
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The crowd
    by (#162856) on 5/14/08 @10:15AM
there was not a big crowd because it was raining pretty hard and it was like 45 degrees
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who cares!
    by (#65281) on 5/14/08 @11:23AM
It is tournament time! Play so you can play next week! Thats all they should be thinking about.

I dont think thats why they came out flat I think they just underestimated UMBC, and let it get out of hand realized the situation and turned it around. Barely might I add.
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    by (#103345) on 5/16/08 @7:23PM
i don't get why people are surprised that this was close
maybe uva came out flat, but keep in mind this is a team that has now beaten UMD twice in a row, a team which killed uva when they played. I'm not saying that means they're better or should have won, but it does mean they're a good team.
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