Tigers hold on early, but Cavaliers surge

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March 15, 2009|By From Sun staff reports

Senior midfielder Mitchell Rosensweig won 12 of 17 faceoffs and collected a game-high nine ground balls, but top-ranked Virginia (9-0) used a 7-0 run over the final 44 minutes to defeat Towson, 11-2, in a nonconference game at rainy Klockner Stadium yesterday.

After the Tigers (1-4) narrowed its deficit to 4-2 early in the second quarter, the Cavaliers' defense held Towson without a goal for the rest of the game to secure the victory.

Led by two goals from Steele Stanwick, the Cavaliers opened a 4-0 lead in the first 12 minutes.

With 13:51 left in the second quarter, the Tigers ended the drought when junior midfielder Pat Britton got his second goal of the season, an extra-man score off an assist from senior Randall Cooper.

The Tigers took advantage of another extra-man opportunity 19 seconds later when senior attackman Bill McCutcheon scored his team-high ninth goal of the year.

But sophomore midfielder Shamel Bratton scored two unassisted goals in the final six minutes of the period to give the Cavaliers a 6-2 lead at halftime.

Junior goalie Rob Wheeler made 10 saves for the Tigers.

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