#1 Virginia lax triumphant over #4 Maryland
Edited by Chris Graham
Sophomores Chris Bocklet and Steele Stanwick each matched career highs with four goals to lead the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (10-0, 1-0 ACC) over the No. 4 Maryland Terrapins (6-2, 1-2) on Saturday night, 11-10, in front of 7,639 fans at Byrd Stadium.
“I am not sure who the good guy or the bad guy is in this game,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “We go ahead, they come back. We make a play at the end and win the game. It is quite remarkable, but this is how these conference games are like. Every game in the ACC is like this – we are in the murderer’s row part of the schedule with Maryland today and now North Carolina and Duke up before the ACC Tournament.”
Virginia shot out of the gate on the shoulders of Chris Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) who scored three straight goals, spearheading a 6-0 Cavalier run to start the game. Bocklet scored unassisted at 13:53 after running from the X position and depositing the ball in the upper corner of the goal. He scored again on John Haldy’s (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) pass at 12:05 and capped his run at 9:12 with a score via a Brian Carroll (Towson, Md.) helper.
Carroll scored his first goal of the game 15-yards out on a Matt White (Ridgefield, Conn.) assist with 5:11 left in the first quarter. White then assisted Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) at 2:44 and Haldy’s unassisted left-handed goal with 2:10 left in the first quarter capped the 6-0 Virginia run.
Maryland was able to dent the scoreboard with six seconds left in the opening period when Will Yeatman scored on a pass from Ryan Young, cutting the Terrapins deficit to five goals, 6-1.
Neither team was able to get much going in the second quarter until Stanwick scored on another White helper with 3:38 left before the intermission, pushing the UVa lead to 7-1.
Less than a minute later Yeatman scored his second goal of the game with 2:52 left in the first half, cutting its deficit back to five goals, 7-2, going into the intermission.
Bocklet scored his fourth goal of the game 1:28 into the third quarter on a Stanwick pass, giving UVa the 8-2 advantage.
Maryland then cut its deficit to three goals, 8-5, scoring the final three goals of the third quarter. Yeatman secured the hat trick with an unassisted score with 12:26 left in the period, quickly followed by a goal by John Haus, assisted by Young with 10:44 left in the quarter.
Maryland then scored again with five seconds left in the third quarter in transition after a missed shot by Rhamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.). Dean Hart grabbed a pass from Brian Farrell and deposited it for the score, cutting the UVa advantage to 8-5.
Stanwick then scored two quick unassisted goals to open the fourth quarter on identical plays. At 13:43 and 12:49 he rolled off the X position and shot left-handed into the net, giving UVa the 10-5 lead. Stanwick’s goal at 12:49 was on man-up after Max Schmidt was tagged for unnecessary roughness at 13:31.
Adam Sear started a 4-0 run for Maryland with a man-up goal via a Travis Reed feed at 12:01. The Terrapins were in the extra-man situation after Bray Malphrus was charged with holding at 12:31.
Joe Cummings scored on a Young assist at 7:41. Then Young scored unassisted on the ensuing faceoff at 7:17. Cummings took a feed from Yeatman at 3:36 to cut the UVa lead to one goal, 10-9.
Young almost evened the scored, 10-10, but stepped in the crease negating the score at 2:10. Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) then beat his defender and fired a rocket into the net unassisted at 1:51 to push UVa’s lead back to two goals, 11-9.
Yeatman in transition squeezed his fourth goal of the game with 57 seconds left to bring the Terrapins’ deficit down to one goal, 11-10.
Virginia won the ensuing faceoff and was able to run out the clock to secure the one-goal victory.
Virginia won the shots (37-33), ground balls (34-30) and faceoffs (15-9) battles, while turning over the ball (21-18) more than the Terrapins.
Adam Ghitelman saved four shots in between the pipes for UVa, while Brian McDermott won 13-of-20 faceoffs.