No. 4 Virginia rebounds to bounce UMBC, 20-3

May 01, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

Virginia bounced back from last Sunday's loss to North Carolina in the ACC tournament final and routed unranked UMBC, 20-3, yesterday at UMBC Stadium.

The offensive star was Virginia sophomore attackman Tim Whiteley (St. Paul's), who had three goals and three assists. Greg Traynor also had three goals for the winners.

No. 4 Virginia leads UMBC in the series, 10-2. The Cavaliers (10-3) have won nine of the past 10.

"This was a very important game for us," said second-year Virginia coach Dom Starsia.

"We stumbled a little bit in the ACC tournament [losing 15-7 to the Tar Heels], but we had a terrific regular season, and this was a good end to it. We could be anywhere from No. 3 to No. 5 when the seedings are made for the NCAA tournament."

Playing before a homecoming crowd of 941, the Retrievers (7-6) were unable to score in the first 40 minutes of the game. At 10:01 into the third period, after Virginia had scored 13 times, UMBC's Joe Wojciechowski took a feed from Chris Lloyd at the crease and fired it in. One minute, 30 seconds later, Wojciechowski scored again, but the score at that point was 13-2.

UMBC, using a slowdown style, kept the game scoreless for the first 8:47, until the Cavaliers' Traynor dodged through the midfield and bounced one in left-handed past goalie Steve Gorski to put the visitors ahead 1-0. Gorski's start was his first of the season.

There was only one more goal in the first period. Whiteley, son of St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley, scored from 10 yards to make it 2-0.

Virginia got going in the second period, scoring six goals to make it 8-0 at halftime. The goals came from Drew Fox, on a feed from Whiteley 40 seconds into the period; Andy Dausch (Gilman), who dodged his man and bounced it past Gorski; Michael Watson (St. Paul's), with an assist by Fox; Chris Driggs (John Carroll) unassisted; Mark LaVerghetta (Boys Latin), and by Sean Miller, with three minutes left.

In the third period, Virginia got goals from Woody Moore, David Jones, Miller, Traynor and Whiteley before the Retrievers were -- able to score.

In the final period, Sam Walker scored UMBC's last goal, which seemed to inspire Virginia to come back for goals by Brad Hoag (Loyola), Steve Lineaweaver (Gilman), Hoag again and LaVerghetta.

It was Virginia's first undefeated season on the road (6-0) since 1952.

UMBC closes by playing host to Maryland Friday night. Terps coach Dick Edell was in the stands scouting the Retrievers yesterday.

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