Late run lifts Virginia

The Baltimore Sun

The starts left a lot to be desired, but the Virginia men's lacrosse team had no qualms about the finish.

The No. 3 Cavaliers fell behind by two goals early in three of four quarters, but Virginia scored five of the last seven goals in the final 13 minutes -- including the game-winner from sophomore midfielder Brian Carroll (Gilman) -- to edge No. 11 Syracuse, 14-13, in overtime in the Face-Off Classic at M&T; Bank Stadium yesterday.

Carroll's second goal of the game came with 1:29 left in overtime and gave the Cavaliers their fifth consecutive win against the Orange (2-1).

The Cavaliers (4-0), who broke late ties against unranked Drexel and Stony Brook in their first two games, trailed the Orange 2-0, 6-4 and 11-9 in the first, third and fourth quarters, respectively, but rallied on each occasion.

"Being adaptable, being resourceful, demonstrating a little bit of toughness, especially in the second half, I think we've gotten tougher as these games have gone on," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "These are characteristics you'd like to have distinguish an athletic team."

Down 11-9 with 10:15 left in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers used a goal from senior defensive midfielder Will Barrow to cap a 4-1 run and take a 13-12 lead with 2:58 left. Freshman midfielder Shamel Bratton and sophomore defenseman Ken Clausen scored eight seconds apart to tie the game at 11 and start the run.

But with 28 seconds left in regulation, Syracuse senior midfielder Steven Brooks ripped a shot from 13 yards into the top right corner to send the game into overtime.

In the extra period, the Orange won the faceoff (its 19th in 30 attempts) but could not beat Virginia freshman goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman (14 saves) in two possessions.

On the Cavaliers' second series, Bratton roamed down the left side of the box and skipped a pass to Carroll on the opposite side of the field. Carroll had a few seconds to wind up and sling the ball past the stick of Syracuse freshman goalie John Galloway (15 saves).

"Shamel dodged down the left side, and the back side had been open all day," Carroll said. "He made a great look across, and luckily, it went in."

Said Galloway: "I got a piece of it, but it fell for them. I think we had a couple of chances in overtime, and to lose that way is pretty tough."

Junior attackman Danny Glading led Virginia with three goals and two assists. Junior attackman Garrett Billings recorded two goals and two assists, and senior attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola) and Bratton each had a goal and two assists.

Brooks paced the Orange with a hat trick and two assists, and junior attackman Kenny Nims added three goals and an assist. Orange coach John Desko pointed to Syracuse's inability to extend its advantage as a key factor in the loss.

"We were up by a couple goals, and I kind of felt if we could've gotten one or two more in that flurry, we might have been able to make something happen," he said. "But we didn't. ... To be in a game like this and not to come out on top is disappointing."

Syracuse 2 2 4 5 0 -- 13

Virginia 1 3 5 4 1 -- 14

Goals: S--Brooks 3, Nims 3, Leveille 2, Loftus 2, Niewieroski 2, Abbott; V--Glading 3, Billings 2, Carroll 2, Barrow, R. Bratton, S. Bratton, Clausen, Pomper, Riley, Rubeor. Assists: Brooks 2, Hardy, Leveille, Nims; V--Billings 2, S. Bratton 2, Glading 2, Rubeor 2. Saves: S--Galloway 15, Coluccini 0; V--Ghitelman 14.

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