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

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

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers used an eight-goal second quarter to turn last night's showdown with No. 5 Johns Hopkins into an easy 14-9 victory before 2,635 at Klockner Stadium.

Virginia attackman Doug Knight scored a game-high four goals and added two assists, and teammate Tim Whiteley added three goals and an assist. They played key roles in a 10-1 run by the Cavaliers over a 17-minute span of the first and second quarters, as Virginia (5-0) maintained its unbeaten season,

Attackman Dave Marr led Hopkins (2-2) with two goals in five assists. Bad shooting and shaky transition defense proved to be the Blue Jays' undoing early. Hopkins missed 18 of 24 shots in the first half, which ended with Virginia in command, 12-4.

Signs of trouble appeared early for Hopkins. In the first quarter, Virginia's emotion got the best of the Cavaliers, who committed three slashing penalties, an illegal body check and a holding foul, adding up to four minutes of extra-man opportunities for the Blue Jays.

But Hopkins only cashed in once, when Marr fed midfielder Jason Moolenaar with a perfect pass through the heart of Virginia's zone defense. Moolenaar scored from point-blank range to even the score at 2-2 with 10: 08 left in the period.

And that was pretty much all for the Blue Jays' attack for the remainder of the half: Hopkins did not score again for nearly 18 minutes.

Virginia settled down, while the Blue Jays began to unravel. After a great save by Hopkins goalie Jonathan Marcus with five minutes left in the first quarter, midfielder David Wren and attackman Michael Watson scored goals 23 seconds apart to give Virginia a 4-2 advantage at the end of the period.

The Cavaliers were just getting warmed up for a decisive second quarter. By the time the Blue Jays walked off the field in shock at the break, five different Virginia players had scored eight goals.

Whiteley, a senior from St. Paul's, was playing just one week after a car accident left him with 12 stitches in his head he also reinjured the shoulder he separated against Syracuse earlier this season. He started the explosion by beating defenseman John Gagliardi three minutes into the quarter, giving Virginia a 5-2 lead.

The Cavaliers controlled the ensuing faceoff and needed only nine seconds to make it 6-2, as midfielder Drew Melchionni streaked down the middle of the field untouched before firing a 10-yard shot past Marcus.

The rout was on. Knight scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season with a nifty move. He caught a pass from midfielder Henry Oakey near the crease, faked a high shot to get Marcus to nTC raise his stick, then shot low for a 7-2 advantage with 10: 39 left.

Hopkins finally answered three minutes later on a goal by midfielder Ed Zucchelli to trim the margin to 7-3. Forty seconds later, David Wren gave Virginia an 8-3 lead with 6: 36 left.

Three minutes later, the Blue Jays caved in to a 4-0 spurt that Virginia achieved in just one minute, 17 seconds.

Knight started the run with a close shot. Sophomore goalie Chris Sanderson then came up with an outstanding save to fuel the momentum, and Knight quickly turned the resulting possession into a goal. He fed attackman David Curry a transfer from Division III Gettysburg who beat Marcus with a sneaky shot fired from his right hip into the upper right corner of the net. With 3: 10 left, Virginia led, 10-3.

Whitely and fellow St. Paul's alum Watson then teamed up to make it 11-3 with 2: 55 left. Twenty-one seconds later, Curry stunned Marcus with a difficult, left-handed shot from the left wing. Curry fired it into the upper right corner, and all Marcus could do was bang the pipe in frustration.

Pub Date: 3/23/96

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