Virginia midfielder Greg Coholan scored his third goal of the game with 1:09 left in overtime as the No. 8 Cavaliers defeated No. 10 Johns Hopkins, 11-10, in college lacrosse Saturday.
Coholan, a sophomore from Rochester, N.Y, beat goalie Eric Schneider with a low shot through the legs to end the four-minute extra session and give Hopkins (5-2) its second straight loss.
Both Hopkins and Virginia had opportunities to score in overtime. The Cavaliers (7-2) won the opening faceoff, and junior midfielder Ryan Tucker (Gilman) appeared to get the game-winner, but his shot hit the right side of the net. The Blue Jays cleared the ball, but attackman Wells Stanwick (Boys' Latin) couldn't handle a low pass, setting the stage for Coholan's heroics.
“For the most part, late in the game and early in overtime we got the stops we needed ... and the kid just made a great shot,” Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. “Sometimes, guys make plays, and I think he made a good play. He scored two earlier and put them right in the coffee can in the top corner, and this one he changes up and puts down low, to his credit.
“Too many turnovers for us. Eighteen turnovers is too many in a game against a team like this. ... We got down 4-1, we battled back — we had every opportunity to win this game. We just didn't make the play and finish it, so congrats to them, and we'll go back to work.”
The Blue Jays had a 10-8 advantage going into the last 10 minutes of regulation, but freshman attackman Ryan Lukacovic scored two goals in the remaining time. The first came off a fast break with 8:46 remaining, and the second came with five minutes left as he beat Hopkins defender Jack Reilly.
Despite the strong comeback, Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia wasn't pleased with his team's penalties. Virginia was whistled five times for 5:30, and Hopkins converted on four of six extra-man situations, including all three it had in the first quarter. Virginia started off the game with a 3-0 lead, but Hopkins tied it at 4 at the end of the first quarter.
"We made a lot of mistakes," said Starsia. "I thought it was our most complete effort of the year and we played hard, but we have a lot of improvement to make if we want to be the ultimate lacrosse team at the end. We talked about staying out of the penalty box because of the outstanding skill Hopkins had.
"This game went as I thought it would go. I think there are going to be a lot more of these games and there are going to be a lot of teams with several losses in the [NCAA] tournament. If you're a lacrosse fan, you have to be happy right now," said Starsia, referring to the balance in the sport.
Hopkins has lost two straight, having fallen to Syracuse, 12-10, on March 15. The Blue Jays host No. 7 North Carolina next weekend; the Tar Heels upset No. 1 Maryland, 11-8, on Saturday.
The Blue Jays scored two goals in the final four minutes of the second quarter to take a 7-6 lead at the half.
Virginia had opened the quarter with an extra-man goal from attackman James Pannell with 12:35 left after the Blue Jays' Michael Pellegrino was penalized for a trip and a slash. But Hopkins managed to tie the game at 5 three minutes later as attackman Brandon Benn took a pass from Stanwick and scored from the right side of the goal.
The Blue Jays had switched to a zone defense to slow and confuse Virginia midway in the second period, but Coholan scored on a high shot in the left corner for a 6-5 Cavs lead with 7:26 remaining in the second period.
It was a tightly contested first half as the Blue Jays held only a 21-19 advantage in shots and the two teams were tied with 19 ground balls each. Hopkins did win 10 of 15 faceoffs in the half.
Hopkins got off to a slow start as Virginia jumped out 3-0 in the first four minutes of the game, including two goals from Canadian attackman Mark Cockerton. Cockerton's second goal came after he intercepted a pass from Schneider near midfield and then scored from 40 yards out into an empty net with 11:19 left in the period.
Most of Hopkins' damage was done in the final five minutes of the quarter. Sophomore midfielder Holden Cattoni scored an extra-man goal five seconds after the Cavaliers were given an illegal-procedure penalty.
The Blue Jays got two more extra-man goals after Pannell was given a two-minute unnecessary roughness penalty with 3:32 left in the quarter. Cattoni scored with 3:08 remaining, and Benn added another with 2:18 to force a 4-4 tie at the end of the quarter.
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