Virginia Lacrosse Downs Towson 12-8 To Open Season
Feb. 24, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – First-year goaltender Tillman Johnson (Annapolis, Md./ St. Mary’s) saved 12 shots as #3 Virginia held off #20 Towson 12-8 to open the 2001 season at the University Hall Turf Field.
Midfielders Hanley Holcomb (Ridgewood, N.J./ Salisbury) and Billy Glading (Bethesda, Md./ Gonzaga) notched three goals apiece to pace the Cavalier attack. Co-captain Conor Gill (Lutherville, Md./ St. Paul’s), a junior attackman, scored one goal and assisted on three others for Virginia, 1-0. Senior midfielder David Jenkins (Dedham, Mass./ Taft) won 15 of 23 faceoff attempts for the game.
The Cavaliers raced out to a 7-1 lead with 13:37 remaining in the second quarter, paced by two Holcomb goals and two scored by midfielder Andrew Faraone (Baltimore, Md./ Gilman). The Towson defense slowed the Cavaliers for the remainder of the quarter, as Virginia was limited to one Holcomb goal with 1:38 left. Towson midfielder Hunter Lochte scored twice as the Tigers, 0-1, narrowed the Virginia lead to 8-4 at the half.
Towson turned up the attack in the second half, putting 19 of their 35 shots on the Virginia goal in the last 30 minutes. While the Tigers scored four times, including one goal and one assist by defenseman Brad Reppert, Johnson, in his first collegiate start, collected seven saves for the half.
Three Towson goals in the fourth quarter helped narrow the Tigers’ deficit to four, but the Cavaliers ran out the clock after Towson midfielder Brad Monaco scored with 2:05 remaining.
Virginia travels to #1 Syracuse, 1-0, on March 3 for a game scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.