Virginia Defends No. 1 Spot With 14-10 Win Over No. 4 Cornell
March 8, 2009
Courtesy of Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Top-ranked Virginia used a dominating second-half performance to break open a tight contest and defeat No. 4 Cornell 14-10 this afternoon before 4547 fans at Klöckner Stadium.
The Cavaliers move to 7-0 this season, while Cornell is now 2-1.
Midfielders Shamel Bratton and Steve Giannone led the way for Virginia with three goals apiece. Fellow midfielder Brian Carroll scored twice and assisted on three other goals.
Cornell’s Chris Finn scored 67 seconds before halftime to give the Big Red a 7-6 lead at the break. This marked the first time all season the Cavaliers trailed at any point in a game.
The lead was short lived as Giannone knotted the score in the opening minute of the third quarter to start the Cavaliers on a 4-1 run that enabled them to take control.
Rob Pannell scored with 1:41 left in the third quarter to bring Cornell to within one at 9-8, but Virginia rattled off the next five goals.
Longstick midfielder Mike Timms keyed a tremendous effort by the Virginia defense. He held midfielder Max Seibald to just one goal with just over two minutes left in the game. The Cavalier ride forced Cornell to fail six of 10 clearing opportunities in the third quarter as the Big Red hurt its cause with nine turnovers in the quarter.
Goalie Adam Ghitelman made 10 saves, his fourth double-digit performance of the season.
Chad Gaudet won 11 of 13 faceoffs in the second half, including all seven in the final quarter, to allow Virginia to seize control and build its lead.
Virginia returns to action at home at Klöckner Stadium on Tuesday night against Vermont, coached by former UVa All-American defenseman Ryan Curtis. The game is scheduled to start at 7 pm.
Cornell 3-4-1-2—10 record: 2-1
Virginia 4-2-4-4—14 record: 7-0
Scoring (G-A)— C: Ryan Hurley 4-0, Rob Pannell 2-4, Rocco Romero 1-1, Kyle Doctor 1-0, Chris Finn 1-0, Max Seibald 1-0, Austin Boykin 0-2. V: Shamel Bratton 3-0, Steve Giannone 3-0, Brian Carroll 2-3, Steele Stanwick 2-2, Garrett Billings 1-1, Gavin Gill 1-0, John Haldy 1-0, George Huguely 1-0, Danny Glading 0-1.
Goalie Summary—C: Kyle Harer 60 mins., 4 saves, 14 goals allowed. V: Adam Ghitelman 60 mins., 10 saves, 10 goals allowed.
Shots: C—39, V—41
Ground Balls: C—35, V—39
Clearing: C—20x27, V—21x23
Faceoffs: C—11, V—17
Penalties: C—2-2:00, V—6-4:30
EMO: C—1x5, V—1x2