Virginia Men's Lacrosse Defeats Notre Dame 7-5 in Tight Contest
March 12, 2002
Charlottesville, Va. – The Central Virginia area has been plagued by near drought-like conditions for several months, but the Virginia men’s lacrosse team has played its last three games in the rain, including today’s 7-5 win over Notre Dame at Kl?ckner Stadium.
Junior midfielder Billy Glading’s goal with 1:45 left in the game broke a 5-all tie and proved to be the winner for the Cavaliers. The goal was his second of the game and boosted Virginia’s record to 3-1 this season. Notre Dame lost its third close game of the year to fall to 1-3.
Things picked up early in the second quarter as goals by Brian Giordano and Dan Berger enabled Notre Dame to knot the score at two. The tie was short-lived, however, as A.J. Shannon scored 70 seconds later on a blistering effort from the left side that froze goalie Nick Antol.
Virginia pushed its lead to 4-2 seven minutes before halftime on Brenndan Mohler’s first goal of the afternoon at which point the scoring ceased for the rest of the half.
Glading notched his first goal of the afternoon just 32 seconds into the second half as Virginia built a three-goal lead. The next 12 minutes remained scoreless until Berger tallied for the second time with 2:23 to play, cutting Virginia’s lead to 5-3 heading into the final period.
The deliberate pace for Notre Dame paid off as the Fighting Irish scored the first two goals of the final quarter to draw even at five. Kyle Frigon found the back of the net less than five minutes into the period, and Giordano’s second goal of the day tied the score with 3:27 to play. But Giordano’s goal proved to be Notre Dame’s final possession of the game.
The Cavaliers won the ensuing faceoff as Notre Dame kicked the ball out of bounds at midfield and patiently worked the ball around on offense. More than a minute-and-a-half passed before middie Chris Rotelli dodged from behind the crease and found an open Glading, who ripped a shot from five yards out on the left side that beat Antol for the eventual game-winner. Virginia won the faceoff following Glading’s goal and got an insurance goal as Mohler beat a double team to score uncontested with 52 seconds to play. Again Virginia won the faceoff and maintained possession until time expired.
The Cavaliers hit the road for the first time this season with a game at Towson on Sunday (March 17) at noon.
Score by Quarter
Notre Dame 0-2-1-2=5
ND 19 of 25
UVa 29 of 32
ND 1 of 2
UVa 0 of 3
ND-Nick Antol-60 mins., 17 saves, 7 goals.
UVa- Tillman Johnson -60 mins., 10 saves, 5 goals.
Goals-Dan Berger 2, Brian Giordano 2, Kyle Frigon.
Assists-John Flandina 2, Matt Malakoff, Travis Wells.
Assists- Chris Rotelli 2, Christmas, Yevoli.