Lacrosse roundup (March 27): D'Amario's goal lifts Virginia men over No. 7 Johns Hopkins in OT, 13-12
From Sun staff reports|
Mar 28, 2016 | 12:17 AM
Mike D'Amario streaked toward the crease to score the game-winning goal nineteen seconds into overtime, lifting the host Virginia men's lacrosse team (4-5) to a 13-12 victory over No. 7 Johns Hopkins (4-3) on Sunday.
The win secures Virginia possession of the Doyle Smith Cup, awarded to the winner of the regular-season matchup between the Cavaliers and the Blue Jays. Virginia wins the cup for the third year in a row after having lost it three times between 2011 and 2013. The Cavaliers held the trophy from 2006 to 2010, the first five seasons it went to the regular-season winner.
"Doyle was a special guy here and so it adds a little more significance to a rivalry that is already very significant," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said.
Sunday was the fourth time in the past five regular-season meetings between the Cavaliers and the Blue Jays that went to overtime; Virginia has won the past three, two of which were at home.
"You would've assumed before the game it would play out just like that," Starsia said. "Back and forth, tight throughout the game. For us, in this time and in this moment, this was an important result for lots of different reasons."
Johns Hopkins dominated the first quarter, scoring four straight goals to start the game. The Blue Jays received two goals from Wilkins Dismuke and one from Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall). Holden Cattoni capped the run with 3:15 left in the first quarter.
"We threw the ball away a couple times," Starsia said. "But to our credit, they dug in after that rough opening and I thought we never let up, Hopkins either. It was a battle throughout."
Greg Coholan found James Pannell with 2:24 left in the first quarter to put Virginia on the board. Pannell's first of three goals ignited a 6-0 run that Jason Murphy capped with five minutes left in the second quarter. Murphy won the faceoff afterward with 5:12 to play and scored after picking up his own ground ball and rushing toward the cage.
John Crawley scored unassisted for Hopkins at 2:53 in the second quarter, cutting the Cavaliers lead to 6-5 heading into halftime
The Blue Jays outscored Virginia 4-2 in the third quarter and took a 9-8 lead into the final quarter. Matt Emery evened the score at 9 for the Cavaliers 58 seconds into the fourth quarter.
A goal from Cody Radziewicz with 2:41 left to play put Hopkins up 12-11, but it was the last goal the Blue Jays would score.
After Virginia called its final timeout with 52 seconds left, AJ Fish found Coholan after the 30-second shot clock had been initiated. Coholan, who scored overtime winners against Hopkins in 2014 and 2015, tied the game at 12 with 20 seconds left.
Virginia almost won the game in regulation when Murphy won the ensuing faceoff and a streaking Will McNamara had an open look, but his shot went wide left.
In the opening faceoff of overtime, Hopkins' Craig Madarasz went early, giving the Cavaliers possession on a violation. With a Blue Jays penalty waiting to be enforced when play stopped, D'Amario scored the sudden-death goal to give Virginia the upset victory.