No. 11 UVA Falls to High Point in Overtime, 12-11
Box Score Feb. 23, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Dan Lomas’ overtime goal lifted the High Point Panthers (1-3) to a 12-11 win over the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers (1-2) on Tuesday night, inside KlÃ¶ckner Stadium.
“Obviously it just took us too long to get started – that’s the obvious answer,” said Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. “There were too many mistakes along the way, and at the same time, against a team that was playing well and moving the ball smartly. You have to play sixty minutes. We talked about it. We had two good days coming in here and I hoped that we would have been a little bit sharper starting out.”
High Point led by as many as five goals, 10-5, late in the third quarter. Zed Williams put the Cavaliers on his back and forced overtime. Williams’ first goal of the game came at the 5:10 mark in the third quarter, which started a run were the junior midfielder scored five of UVA’s next six goals in the midst of a 6-1 run by the Cavaliers.
At the 9:04 mark in the fourth quarter, James Pannell scored on an AJ Fish helper to bring the deficit to one goal, 10-9. Pannell had a chance to tie it after UVA won the ensuing faceoff, but his shot hit the High Point goalie in the chest. The Panthers ran some clock and Matt Thistle scored at 4:41 after the 30-second shot clock had been instituted, giving High Point an 11-9 lead.
After High Point turned the ball over with about a minute left due to a 30-second shot clock violation, Williams scored his fourth goal to bring UVA back within one, 11-10, with 45 seconds left. On the ensuing faceoff, High Point was tagged for its third faceoff violation of the second half, setting up an extra-man situation. Pannell found Williams to tie the game, 11-11, with 24 seconds left. UVA won the ensuing faceoff, but couldn’t sink a shot, sending the game to overtime.
Alex Woodall won the overtime faceoff and High Point immediately called timeout. Sean Harrison found Lomas for the game-winning score at the 3:33 mark in the overtime period.
The loss for UVA snaps a 36-game winning streak in mid-week games. The last time UVA lost a mid-week game was an 11-8 setback to Notre Dame on March 14, 2001.
Virginia won the battle of shots (38-28), ground balls (41-29), faceoffs (14-11), while High Point had more saves (15-6) and turnovers (24-14).
Williams finished with a game-high six points. Pannell had two goals and three assists in the setback.
For High Point Lomas led the Panthers with four goals, while Thistle finished with three goals and one assist in the winning cause.
“We’ve had some key guys in and out of the lineup,” said Starsia. “I think we can stand a couple days of practice and develop a little continuity. I like this team. I like the direction that we’re headed. We just have to get back to the practice field and get to work and turn around and get ready to play Penn on Sunday.”
Virginia returns to action when the Penn Quakers come to town on Sunday. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.
High Point 5-2-3-1-1-12
Scoring (G-A) – H: Dan Lomas 4-0, Matt Thistle 3-1, Michael LeClair 2-1, Keegan O’Connor 2-0, Dallas Bridle 1-0, Nick Bittner 0-1, Quin Eissler 0-1, Sean Harrison 0-1 V: Zed Williams 5-1, James Pannell 2-3, Mike D’Amario 2-0, Ryan Conrad 1-1, Ryan Lamb 1-0, AJ Fish 0-1, Ryan Lukacovic 0-1,
Shots: H-28, V-38
Ground Balls: H-29, V-41
Clearing: H-13×19, V-16-18
Faceoffs: H-11, V-14
Penalties: H-5-6:00, V-3-2:30
EMO: H-2×3, V-3×4