March 15, 2005
Charlottesville, Va. - Second-ranked Virginia scored six goals in the third quarter to break open a tight contest and post an 11-4 win over Mount St. Mary's Tuesday evening at Klöckner Stadium.
The win raised the Cavaliers' record to 5-0 this season, their best start in two years, while the Mount dropped to 0-2. Virginia also remained undefeated in night games at Klöckner Stadium, winning all 14 games.
Junior Matt Ward led the Cavalier offense with two goals, the fourth time this season he's led. It is also his 10th multi-goal game in a row dating back to last spring.
Sophomore Kip Turner started in the cage for Virginia and registered five saves and allowed three goals before giving way to Bud Petit for the final six minutes. Petit gave up one goal and had a save.
The visitors from Maryland drew first blood at senior midfielder Andy Petcoff beat Turner for his first goal of the season just over three minutes into the contest. The lead was short-lived as Hunter Kass and freshman Drew Garrison scored 28 seconds apart less than six minutes in to give Virginia the lead for good.
Senior Brendan Gill pushed UVa's lead to 3-1 at the 9:19 mark of the second quarter, but Mount St. Mary's Eric Seifert answered a short time later. Ward closed the first half scoring with his first goal of the game less than two minutes before halftime as the Cavaliers held a slim 4-2 lead at the break. The Cavaliers peppered goalie Dan Whitehurst with 29 shots in the opening 30 minutes, but had trouble beating the junior netminder, who recorded nine of his 15 saves in the first half.
Whatever head coach Dom Starsia said in the locker room worked as the Cavaliers scored six goals on just 12 shots to stretch the lead to 10-3 late in the third quarter. All six goals were scored by different players. J.J. Morrissey set the tone by scoring just 14 seconds into the second half to spark UVa to its best quarter of the game.
Jason Werner ended the Cavalier outburst with his goal on the Mount's only shot of the quarter with 55 seconds remaining.
Senior John Christmas tallied his only goal of the game 30 seconds into the final period before Werner closed the scoring with his second goal with 4:52 remaining.
Senior Jack deVilliers won better than 70 percent of his faceoffs (12x17), the fourth game in a row he's been better than 55 percent.
The Virginia defense allowed just 18 shots, with eight coming in the fourth quarter, and held the opposition to fewer than 10 goals for the fourth time this season.
The Cavaliers return to action this Saturday against Towson at Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 1 pm.
Mount St. Mary's 1-1-1-1--4 Virginia 2-2-6-1--11 att--499
Scoring (G-A)--UVa: Matt Ward 2-0, John Christmas 1-2, Brendan Gill 1-2, Jack Riley 1-2, Jared Little 1-1, Michael Culver 1-0, Kyle Dixon 1-0, Drew Garrison 1-0, Hunter Kass 1-0, J.J. Morrissey 1-0, Rob Bateman 0-1, Drew Thompson 0-1. MSM: Jason Werner 2-0, Andy Petcoff 1-0, Eric Seifert 1-0.
Goalie Summary: UVa: Kip Turner 54 mins., 5 saves, 3 goals allowed; Bud Petit 6 mins., 1 save, 1 GA. MSM: Dan Whitehurst 60 mins., 15 saves, 11 goals allowed.
Shots: UVa--49, MSM--18
Clearing: UVa--21x25, MSM--19x26
Faceoffs: UVa--12, MSM--6
Ground Balls: UVa--37, MSM--33
Penalties: UVa--4-3:00, MSM--2-2:00
EMO: UVa--1x2, MSM--0x4
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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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