March 22, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD--Top-ranked Virginia scored the game's final two goals and survived a wild final two minutes to gain a 16-15 win over No. 9 Johns Hopkins Saturday night before 5475 fans at Homewood Field.

The win is the Cavaliers' fourth regular-season win in a row over the Blue Jays as they improve to 10-0 this season. The Blue Jays lost for the second consecutive week and are now 3-3.

Virginia opened up a 12-6 lead late in the second quarter and seemed to have the game under control. But the Blue Jays scored two goals to end the first half and opened the second half with three goals in the first four minutes to draw within one at 12-11.

The Cavaliers took a two-goal advantage on John Haldy's only goal of the game midway through the third quarter, but Blue Jay attackman Chris Boland scored the fifth of his career-high six goals to draw his team closer.

Steve Giannone notched his second goal of the game with 2:29 to play in the quarter as Virginia reclaimed the a 2-goal advantage. The Blue Jays, who had already erased a huge deficit, roared back with three goals in the final 47 seconds of the quarter to take a 15-14 lead going into the final 15 minutes. Mark Bryan started the run with his third goal of the season. Matt Dolente won the ensuing faceoff and fed Boland for his sixth goal five seconds later. Brian Christopher closed the quarter with his fourth goal of the game with seven seconds remaining.

Shamel Bratton scored the tying goal with just over 12 minutes to play by taking a feed from Garrett Billings and beating goalie Michael Gvozden with a low shot from 12 yards out.

Danny Glading, who earlier in the contest scored the 100th goal of his career, scored what proved to be the game winner with 10:01 left. Again Billings found an open teammate and Glading rifled a shot past Gvozden from 18 yards away.

Goalie Adam Ghitelman recorded three of his nine saves in the final nine minutes as Virginia held the Blue Jays scoreless in the final quarter.

The teams traded turnovers in the final two minutes. The Blue Jays had an extra-man opportunity following a pushing penalty against Virginia with 1:17 left, but was unable to get off a shot. The Blue Jays' had two chances in the final minute to tie, but the Cavaliers snuffed out both. The first occurred with fewer than 50 seconds remaining as Boland threw a pass in front to Josh Peck, who was immediately hit by a host of Cavaliers knocking the ball loose. Virginia grabbed the loose ball but turned it over a short time later. On the ensuing clear attempt, the Blue Jays made a successful clear but Michael Kimmel dropped a pass from Matt Drenan. Cavalier Mike Timms picked up the free ball and had a pass knocked down. As the ball bounded loose in front of the Virginia goal neither team could gain possession and time ran out.

Virginia returns to action at home at Klöckner Stadium next Saturday against Maryland. The game is set to face off at noon and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Virginia 7-5-2-2--16 record: 10-0 Johns Hopkins 5-3-7-0--15 record: 3-3 att--5475

Scoring (G-A)--UVa: Garrett Billings 4-4, Steele Stanwick 3-0, Danny Glading 2-3, Shamel Bratton 2-2, Steve Giannone 2-1, Brian Carroll 1-2, John Haldy 1-0, Max Pomper 1-0, George Huguely 0-1. JHU: Chris Boland 6-2, Brian Christopher 4-1, Kyle Wharton 2-1, Steven Boyle 2-0, Mark Bryan 1-0, Michael Kimmel 0-2, Matt Dolente 0-1, Dave Spaulding 0-1.

Goalie Summary--UVa: Adam Ghitelman 60 mins., 9 saves, 15 goals allowed. JHU: Michael Gvozden 57:56 mins., 8 saves, 15 goals allowed; Steven Burke 2:04 mins., 0 svs., 1 GA.

Shots: UVa--42, JHU--31 Ground Balls: UVa--40, JHU--25 Clearing: UVa--15x21, JHU--13x16 Faceoffs: UVa--22, JHU--12 Penalties: UVa--3-2:30, JHU--1-1:00 EMO: UVa--0x1, JHU--2x3