Whiteley, Virginia top UMass, 15-9 Local attackman prevails again at Gilman field

March 17, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Tim Whiteley said he has a lot of fond memories of playing lacrosse at Gilman School.

Yesterday, he added another.

Whiteley, the attackman who led St. Paul's to back-to-back Maryland Scholastic Association titles his junior and senior years in high school, helped top-ranked Virginia overcome a slow start and turn away No. 11 Massachusetts, 15-9, in a neutral-site game. "It's kind of odd coming back here," said Whiteley, who had two goals and two assists. "The last time I played here was like four years ago and I remember we beat Gilman, 19-8, so I have some good memories on this field."

Things didn't look so promising for the Cavaliers in the first quarter.

Playing its first game on natural grass and with only two days' rest since defeating No. 6 Brown, 16-15, in overtime on Wednesday, Virginia (4-0) came out sluggish and Massachusetts capitalized.

After falling behind 2-0 on the first of a game-high four goals by Doug Knight, the Minutemen reeled off four straight goals.

Whiteley tied the game at 4 with 13: 33 left in the half when he took a feed from Michael Watson another St. Paul's alum and scored on a shot that eluded Massachusetts goalie John Kasselakis (11 saves).

"When you're No. 1, everyone is gunning for you and every team is going to give you its best effort," said Watson, who had two goals and an assist. "UMass doesn't have any superstars, but they played us tough on defense and kept cutting and working hard. As soon as we got back to our usual game plan and started moving the ball, things opened up for us."

The Minutemen (1-1) tied the game again 20 seconds into the second half. The goal seemed to inspire Virginia as the Cavaliers went on a 4-1 run to take a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

"I thought we were a little sluggish early on in the game, but we responded," said Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia, who must now prepare to play host to Johns Hopkins on Friday night.

"It's been a hard week and we knew this was a dangerous game for us. I really thought that UMass caught us at a good time. They were half-a-step sharper than us in the first half, but we just got a little smarter and tougher in the second half."

UMass managed to cut the lead to two with 8: 55 left but some fine goaltending by Virginia sophomore Chris Sanderson (15 saves) prevented the Minutemen from pulling any closer.

"When you have opportunities against a team like Virginia, the No. 1 team in the country, and you don't put them away, it catches up to you," said Massachusetts coach Greg Cannella.

Pub Date: 3/17/96

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