April 21, 2007
Charlottesville, Va. - Even though it was the team's annual Senior Day contest, it was the youngsters who lifted Virginia to a 10-9 come-from-behind victory over Dartmouth before 3195 fans on a sun drenched this afternoon at Klöckner Stadium.
The game is the Cavaliers' third consecutive one-goal contest as they improve to 11-2 overall this season.
Sophomore Danny Glading scored a man down goal with one minute and 28 seconds remaining to send the Cavaliers to the win. It was Virginia's first man down goal of the season after scoring six last year.
Glading's goal came following a tremendous save by goalie Kip Turner, who made a clean save on an open look by Brian Koch with 1:55 to play. The Cavaliers were short a man following a slashing penalty on defenseman Ricky Smith. Glading got inside his man on the right side and beat goalie Michael Novosel for the goal.
"You never want to take a shot like that when you're a man down," said Glading, "but I thought I had a good dodging chance and they didn't have a slide coming. The field was really spread out at the time. Since there were only a couple minutes left in the game, I thought I might as well take my shot or else we might not get another chance like that."
Neither team generated much offense in the opening 15 minutes as Dartmouth scored on two of its first three shots to build a 2-1 lead going into the second quarter.
The Cavaliers, who misfired on 20 of their first 21 shots, needed just three shots to score three goals in a span of two-minutes and 54 seconds late in the first half to take a 4-2 lead at the break. Freshman George Huguely started the run with his first goal in six games at the 6:30 mark. Glading notched his first goal of the afternoon 16 seconds later. Freshman Brian Carroll completed the run with the first of his two goals with 3:36 to go before halftime.
Virginia opened the second half much like it closed the first as Garrett Billings scored on the Cavaliers' first two shots of the third quarter to extend the lead to 6-2.
The visitors from New Hampshire used some hot shooting of their own to claw back into the contest. Freshman Ari Sussman started the Big Green on a three-goal run with a goal at the 11:27 mark. A minute and a half later Nick Bonacci trimmed UVa's lead to 6-4. Wilson Handler scored Dartmouth's third goal in the span of 2:18 to pull his team within one goal.
Carroll tallied his second goal of the game at the 6:20 mark of the third, but Jonathan Livadas answered with less than two and a half minutes remaining in the quarter.
Handler scored his second extra-man goal of the game at the 10:08 mark of the fourth quarter to force the game's third tie at 7-all. Bonacci scored his second goal of the second half with 7:39 remaining to send Dartmouth into the lead for the first time since midway through the second quarter.
The Cavaliers responded as senior midfielder Drew Thompson took a pass from Glading and fired a shot past Novosel from 13 yards out to tie the score at eight with 5:51 on the clock.
Dartmouth won the ensuing faceoff and used a patient offense to find an open look. The look came as Sussman caught the Cavalier defense in a miscommunication on a switch and he easily beat Turner with 4:45 showing on the clock.
Once again the Cavaliers responded in quick fashion. Thompson won the faceoff and worked the ball to Ben Rubeor who spotted midfielder Jack Riley racing down the middle. Rubeor hit Riley who made a remarkable catch and release while falling down. His goal, the 11th of the year, tied the score for a fifth time with 4:26 to play.
Following Glading's goal, Dartmouth had several chances to tie the contest. Following a Virginia turnover near midfield in the final minute Christopher Root gave possession back to the Cavaliers after a tremendous hit by Matt Kelly. The Cavaliers then called timeout with 53 seconds to play. Forced to double to regain possession, Novosel left the crease on the restart. Rubeor headed for the goal and scored easily but he was ruled in the crease, negating the goal.
Dartmouth was called for illegal procedure on the clear, turning the ball over to Virginia with 34 seconds to play. Midfielder Max Pomper threw the Cavaliers' clearing pass out of bounds two seconds later, giving Dartmouth possession one last time.
The Big Green called timeout with 8.3 seconds remaining, but Koch's shot with less than two seconds to play went wide.
"At this point in the season we're thankful to get a win," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia, who celebrated his 55th birthday with the win. "I thought we buckled down on defense a couple times when we had to. Kip (Turner) came up and made some plays. We bounced in and out of a couple defenses that stymied them a little bit. I thought our middies were dodging off the top with some confidence. They hit a couple shots and that's a development that we continue to need to have."
Up next for the Cavaliers is the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C., on Friday (April 27). They play Maryland at 6 p.m. in the first semifinal game. Duke and North Carolina square off in the second semifinal contest at 8:30 p.m.
Dartmouth 2-0-4-3--9 record: 4-7
No. 4 Virginia 1-3-3-3--10 record: 11-2/2-1 ACC
Scoring (G-A)--D: Wilson Handler 3-0, Ari Sussman 2-1, Nick Bonacci 2-0, Brian Koch 1-1, Jonathan Livadas 1-0, Josh Gillam 0-1, Ryan O'Connor 0-1, Christopher Root 0-1. V: Danny Glading 2-2, Garrett Billings 2-0, Brian Carroll 2-0, Ben Rubeor 1-1, Drew Thompson 1-1, George Huguely 1-0, Jack Riley 1-0, Ryan Kelly 0-1.
Shots: D--27, V--41
Ground Balls: D--31, V--43
Clearing: D--21x26, V--17x21
Faceoffs: D--9, V--14
Penalties: D--3-3:00, V--5-4:00
EMO: D--2x5, V--0x3
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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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