Virginia Outlasts Johns Hopkins in Overtime Classic
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Going into Sunday afternoon's clash at Klöckner Stadium, Virginia and No. 5 Johns Hopkins had each played a pair of overtime games over the course of the season. The Blue Jays had won both of theirs, while the Cavaliers had come out on the losing end each time.
So it was only appropriate that the 91st meeting between the schools once again required overtime to decide. And thanks to Mike D'Amario's goal just 19 seconds into the extra session, Virginia (4-5) scored a 13-12 upset of the Blue Jays, retaining the Doyle Smith Cup and recording its biggest win of the season.
The Cavaliers improved to 4-5 a week after losing to Notre Dame in overtime.
"You would've assumed it was going to play out just like that," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "Back-and-forth, tight throughout. It just adds a little more significance to a rivalry that doesn't really need that much more added."
D'Amario's goal came after a faceoff violation by Johns Hopkins (4-3) gave the Wahoos the opening possession of overtime. The Blue Jays led 12-11 in the waning seconds before Greg Coholan beat Blue Jays goalie Brock Turnbaugh, who recorded nine saves, with 20 seconds remaining to force sudden-death. Along with James Pannell, Coholan led UVa with three goals.
"I had a short-stick on me," D'Amario said. "I thought I had a matchup so I just went with it. I thought I'd give it a try knowing that we'd get the ball back since there was a flag on the field, and thank god it worked out."
Coholan's goal capped off a wild fourth quarter that featured alternating goals by both teams throughout. Hopkins clung to a 9-8 lead after three quarters following a lightning-quick 3-0 burst over just 32 seconds late in the period punctuated by a goal by defenseman Patrick Foley. Each time Virginia tied the game, Hopkins answered, holding that one-goal lead until Coholan's late equalizer.
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Early on, it looked like it would be all Blue Jays — who were without head coach Dave Pietramala (lower back infection) for the second straight game — as they raced out to a 4-0 lead behind a pair of goals from Wilkins Dismuke and one each by Ryan Brown and Holden Cattoni. James Pannell finally put the Cavs on the board with 2:24 remaining in the first quarter, kicking off a 6-0 UVa run which included two of Coholan's three goals.
"We were playing too much defense. We couldn't get the ball," Johns Hopkins associate head coach Bill Dwan said. "We didn't get it off the ground, whether it was the faceoffs, the wings, the defense. The offense wasn't bad, but that's what happens when you play that poorly on the ground against a team this good."
John Crawley beat Virginia goalie Matt Barrett to stop the Jays' drought, and the Cavaliers took that 6-5 lead into halftime, feeling completely different after the second quarter than they did following the first.
"We were standing around defensively early in the game. Offensively too, we threw the ball away a couple times," Starsia said. "But to our great credit, we played hard from there and didn't let up. Hopkins didn't either."
For the game, Virginia outshot Johns Hopkins and 39-35 and held a 22-19 advantage in shots on goal. The Cavaliers won 18 faceoffs to Hopkins' 10 and dominated the ground ball game to the tune of a 46-24 margin, which no doubt contributed to the upset.
"We started getting balls off the ground, making some plays to get the ball back," Coholan said. "That helped us create second opportunities and we went from there."
The game was very cleanly played, with Hopkins committing no penalties and Virginia just three, the last of which was ignored due to a Hopkins goal. The Cavaliers held the Blue Jays, who possess one of the nation's best man-up offenses, scoreless on both their extra-man opportunities.
Virginia returns to action when it hosts VMI Tuesday at 7 p.m. while Johns Hopkins makes a short trip to UMBC Wednesday night at 7.
Richmond beats High Point
In another NCAA Division I men's Sunday game, Richmond beat High Point 7-3 in a meeting of Southern Conference teams that have upset ACC Goliaths this season. The Spiders led 4-2 at halftime behind three points from Jean-Luc Chetner and it was the same score heading into the fourth quarter before Richmond (7-2, 3-0 SoCon) finished on a 3-1 run. High Point is 4-5, 0-2.
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