March 10, 2007
Charlottesville, Va. - Junior attackman Ben Rubeor scored with 25.4 seconds remaining to propel Virginia to a hard fought 7-6 win over Princeton before 4143 fans at Klöckner Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The win is the Cavaliers' fourth in a row as they improve to 4-1 overall this season. It is also the second year in a row they have defeated the Tigers by a 7-6 score as No. 8 Virginia runs its winning streak to three in a row in the series. For the seventh-ranked Tigers it is their second one-goal loss in a row as they are now 1-2 this season.
Princeton's Peter Trombino and Alex Haynie opened the scoring to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead with just over five minutes gone. The Cavaliers forged the first of three ties in the game on goals from Rubeor and Garrett Billings a short time later.
Bob Schneider helped the Tigers regain the lead with his second goal of the season with 50 seconds left in the first quarter.
Josh Lesko extended the Tigers' lead to 4-2 with an unassisted goal in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Freshman George Huguely scored the first goal of his career at the 11:59 mark to draw Virginia within one, but Trombino answered 50 seconds later for Princeton.
The Cavaliers put together a two-goal run of their own on goals by Will Barrow and Billings to knot the score at 5-all at halftime.
Junior midfielder Jack Riley scored on a nifty roll in front to give the Cavaliers their first lead of the day at the 9:27 mark of the third quarter.
Trombino's third tally of the day created the game's third tie with 8:24 to play. The Tigers had several chances to take the lead in the final three minutes, but shots by Trombino and Scott Sowanick hit the pipe. Following Sowanick's miss less than two minutes to play, Mark Kovler picked up the loose ball in front but was stuffed by goalie Kip Turner.
The Cavaliers cleared the ball and called timeout with 1:22 left. They called a second timeout with 32 seconds on the clock. On the restart, Rubeor got inside position on his defender and beat goalie Alex Hewit on a sprint from behind the goal to give the Cavaliers the lead 7-6 with 25.4 seconds on the clock.
Princeton won the ensuing faceoff but was unable to get a shot off in an unsettled situation in front as time expired.
Turner was outstanding in goal for Virginia and finished with 10 saves, including six in the second half. Several of his saves came in one-on-one situations and clearly provided a lift for his team.
Adam Fassnacht controlled the faceoffs for Virginia, winning nine of 12 in his third outstanding performance in a row. For the game, the Cavaliers won 10 of 17 draws.
Ricky Smith joined Turner in the defensive effort by causing five turnovers and scooping four ground balls.
Virginia returns to action this Tuesday (March 13) against Mount St. Mary's at Klöckner Stadium. The game is scheduled to face off at 7:30 p.m.
Fans can watch a replay of this game at http://www.virginiaplayonsports.tv.
No. 7 Princeton 3-2-0-1--6 record: 1-2
No. 8 Virginia 2-3-1-1--7 record: 4-1
Scoring (G-A)-- P: Peter Trombino 3-0, Josh Lesko 1-1, Alex Haynie 1-0, Bob Schneider 1-0, Tommy Davis 0-1, Mike Gaudio 0-1. V: Garrett Billings 2-1, Ben Rubeor 2-1, Will Barrow 1-0, George Huguely 1-0, Jack Riley 1-0, Danny Glading 0-1, Drew Thompson 0-1.
Goalie Summary--P: Alex Hewit 60 mins., 12 saves, 7 goals allowed. V: Kip Turner 60:00 mins., 10 saves, 6 goals allowed.
Shots: P--37, V--33
Ground Balls: P--35, V--34
Clearing: P--24x27, V--18x24
Faceoffs: P--7, V--10
Penalties: P--3-2:30, V--2-2:00
EMO: P--1x2, V--0x1
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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