Slow-starting Virginia rolls over Towson, 14-3

No. 2 Cavaliers go to 6-0 as Ward scores 5 goals

March 20, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

After a scoreless opening quarter, the second-ranked Virginia men scored seven second-quarter goals and went on to defeat Towson, 14-3, before 1,879 fans in Charlottesville, Va., yesterday.

The Cavaliers (6-0) will face top-ranked Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Ben Rubeor scored twice in the first five minutes of the second quarter for a 2-0 Virginia lead.

Matt Poskay scored his 12th goal of the season 52 seconds later for a 3-0 Cavaliers advantage.

Kyle Fiat, who scored all three of the Tigers' goals, got Towson (4-2) on the board in making it 3-1 at the 12:13 mark.

Virginia's Matt Ward answered by scoring the first of his five goals at 11:47.

The Cavaliers led 7-1 at the half. After trading goals in the third quarter, Virginia produced a 5-0 run in the final quarter.

Goalkeeper Kip Turner finished with 15 saves for the Cavaliers and Jack deVilliers won 12 of 18 faceoffs for the home team.

Virginia defenders Michael Culver, Steve Holmes and Ricky Smith held three of Towson's top four scorers without a goal. Culver led the defense with five ground balls.

Reed Sothoron made 16 saves in goal for Towson before being relieved by Matt Antol. Ted Turnblacer had a season-high 11 ground balls for the Tigers.

Towson 0 1 2 0 - 3

Virginia 0 7 2 5 - 14

Goals: T-Fiat 3; V-Ward 5, Kelly 2, Poskay 2, Rubeor 2, Christmas, Dixon, Gill. Assists: T-Bacon, Engelke, Griebe; V-Morrissey 2, Christmas, deVilliers, Gill, Rubeor, Thompson, Ward. Saves: T-Sothoron 16, Antol 0; V-Turner 15, Petit, Brody 0.

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