No. 1 Cavs roll past Hopkins, 14-9 Whiteley sparks win over No. 5 Blue Jays

March 23, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- Last weekend, senior attackman Tim Whiteley's fine collegiate lacrosse career nearly came to a premature end, when he was involved in a car accident that left him with 12 stitches in his head.

In the same accident, Whiteley also reinjured the shoulder he had separated against Syracuse three weeks ago. And all of this came after the St. Paul's grad had foot surgery last fall.

But there was Whiteley last night, scoring three goals, adding an assist, and giving the Cavaliers an emotional lift as Virginia surprised Johns Hopkins with an eight-goal second quarter en route to an easy, 14-9 victory in the first night game ever at Klockner Stadium.

The top-ranked, unbeaten Cavaliers (5-0) squeezed the suspense out of this showdown with the No. 5 Blue Jays (2-2) by taking a 12-4 halftime lead. Virginia attackman Doug Knight led the way with four goals and two assists, but Whiteley's performance was the most inspirational.

"This whole year has been bad luck for me. I'm kind of used to the problems," said Whiteley, sporting a major bump on his forehead and wincing in pain from his shoulder ailment. "No way was I missing this game, unless I was dead."

Whiteley scored two of his goals and bagged his assist during the second-quarter explosion, and he drew high marks from Virginia coach Dom Starsia.

"He's one tough cookie," Starsia said. "On Tuesday or Wednesday, he just decided he was going to be hurt for a while. I knew he was going to come out and play great tonight."

With Whiteley providing the spark, Virginia denied the Blue Jays a victory here for the fourth straight time.

The Blue Jays made the score respectable by scoring four goals in the fourth quarter, and attackman Dave Marr continued his strong start with two goals and a game-high five assists. But Hopkins never recovered from its second-quarter disaster.

It all started with missed opportunities. The Blue Jays came out shooting cold, and eventually would miss 18 of 24 shots in the first half. The problems multiplied from there. Blown faceoffs. Dropped passes. Unforced turnovers. The Hopkins defense was shellshocked, particularly goalie Jonathan Marcus, who had several first-half shots get past him at improbable angles.

"I was shocked that we dominated play in the first half," Starsia said. "It seemed like we owned every loose ball. We probably played our best defense of the year for 30 minutes. You just don't expect things like that to happen against a team like Hopkins. They seemed like they were standing around, and we were just flying around out there."

The only bright spots early for Hopkins occurred barely a minute apart, when midfielders A.T. Bailey (two goals) and Jason Moolenaar scored to make it 2-2 with 10: 08 left in the first quarter.

Over the next 17 minutes, Virginia went on a 10-1 run. The Cavaliers put the game out of reach with a four-goal spurt late in the half that required only 77 seconds to complete. Knight

started it, Whiteley fueled it, and junior attackman David Curry a transfer from Division III Gettysburg iced it with some flash. His left-handed shot from the left wing into the upper right corner flew past a stunned Marcus with 2: 36 left, giving the Cavaliers a 12-3 lead.

Hopkins coach Tony Seaman lamented the Blue Jays' shooting as much as he saluted the Cavaliers. Marr missed several point-blank attempts. Freshman Dan Denihan, the team's leading scorer, was shut out. Milford Marchant, fresh off a two-goal effort in a victory over Syracuse, had one assist. Brad Berzins had one goal.

"They [Cavaliers] had a great second quarter. I knew they had the potential to do that, and they had some great breaks," Seaman said. "We outshot them [44-43], out ground-balled them [67-52], but we shot terribly all night."

Pub Date: 3/23/96

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