March 31, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

WORTH THE WAIT: It may have taken seven overtimes, but Virginia’s 10-9 victory over Maryland was definitely worth the lengthy battle.

The top-ranked Cavaliers not only remained unbeaten for the year following the longest game in Division I history, but also took away Maryland’s opportunity of claiming an outright Atlantic Coast Conference title.

Sophomore goaltender Adam Ghitelman tallied a career-high 22 saves – the most by a UVa goalie in five years – to earn ACC Player of the Week honors.  Six of his saves came during the overtime periods, and he did not allow a goal in the final 38:32 of play.  Ghitelman also picked up five ground balls in the victory.  He ranks seventh in the nation with a 7.21 goals against average.

The Cavaliers travel to East Rutherford, N.J., to face North Carolina in the first game of the Big City Classic at the Meadowlands on April 4.

FAIR GAME: Fairfield University opened ECAC Lacrosse League action with a 3-0 record for the first time since joining the conference after topping then-No. 17 Hobart College on March 28. 

Freshman Charlie Cipriano notched 12 saves against the Statesmen for his fourth straight contest with double-digits saves, and was named the league’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.  The native of Williston Park, N.Y., compiled a .632 save percentage for the week, including a save of a point-blank shot with 3:23 remaining in the contest to secure the Stags’ victory.

The Stags have not won three straight games since the 1999 season as members of the MAAC Lacrosse League, and broke into the most recent USILA Division I poll at No. 20 this week.

CELEBRATING A MILESTONE: North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi collected his 100th career victory in a thrilling upset of then-No. 6 Johns Hopkins, 10-9, in overtime thanks to Michael Gvozden’s game-winning goal on March 28.

It was the first UNC win in overtime since 2004, and the third straight year the Tar Heels knocked off the Blue Jays.  The victory also snapped a two-game losing streak for the Tar Heels.

Breschi, in his third season at the helm of the UNC program, is 100-66 in his career.  Before arriving in Chapel Hill, he spent 11 seasons at the head coach at Ohio State.

RAIDERS ON A RUN:  Colgate University stretched its winning streak to five games with two victories last week, including a double-overtime 10-9 defeat of Army to improve to 3-0 in Patriot League play.

Senior Brandon Corp combined for five goals and three assists versus Ohio State and Army, extending his scoring streak to 42 games and bumping him to third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 172 points. 

The native of Chittenango, N.Y., picked up his second Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award for his contributions.
NOTABLE:  Princeton’s Rich Sgalardi garnered Ivy League Player of the Week honors after posted two career efforts, beginning with a career-best four points in a 13-6 win over Rutgers.  The senior followed it up with five points as the fifth-ranked Tigers opened the Ivy League season with an 11-7 defeat of Yale …  UMBC junior attackman Matt Latham registered a season-high four points, including the game-winning goal, as the Retrievers downed Stony Brook, 14-8, in America East action.   The No. 6 Retrievers are unbeaten (6-0) this season when Latham tallies a point, and have won three straight contests.  The native of Eldersburg, Md., was named America East Player of the Week for his performance.