Roundup: No. 2 Virginia edges top-ranked Syracuse, 11-10

Orange commit pivotal turnover in final minute

March 08, 2010|By From Sun staff reports

Rhamel Bratton scored a career-high four goals to pace No. 2 Virginia (4-0) to an 11-10 victory over No. 1 Syracuse (2-1) on Sunday in front of an announced crowd of 7,501 in Charlottesville.

Steele Stanwick (Loyola) gave the Cavaliers an 11-8 lead with an unassisted goal with 7:27 remaining, but the Orange rallied behind a goal by Chris Daniello at 5:26 on a pass from Cody Jamieson and an unassisted goal five seconds later by Jeremy Thompson.

The Orange possessed the ball for the final minute of play, but a turnover by Josh Amidon secured the win for the Cavaliers.

Amidon was looking for one of his attackmen but sailed the pass over his head and out of bounds with 14 seconds left.

The past four meetings between Syracuse and Virginia have been determined by one goal, with the Cavaliers winning three.

"I thought once we got over the silliness of the first quarter we did a really nice job defensively almost the entire rest of the game," said Virginia coach Dom Starsia, whose team trailed, 4-2, after the first period but outscored the Orange, 6-1, in the second. "Coming into the game I was a little concerned about where we were going to get our offense. Rhamel [Bratton] and Brian Carroll really got us going."

Stanwick and Carroll had two goals and an assist for Virginia, but Bratton was the key.

"Rhamel has been our most improved player since September," Starsia said. "He has been much more consistent. With his brother [Shamel] not playing much today, a lot of responsibility fell on Rhamel's shoulders. He made plays despite the fact that they have one of the best long-stick midfielders."

Daniello paced Syracuse, with two goals and five points.

Goucher 14, King's 2: Kyle Boncaro recorded five goals and two assists, and Rory Averett scored three times to lift the Gophers (1-2) over the Monarchs.

Navy 23, Fresno State 2: Nine players finished with multiple points, led by Erin Rawlick's game-high eight, and the Midshipmen (7-0) held the visiting Bulldogs (0-4) without a goal for nearly 40 minutes.

The 7-0 start is the best in the program's three seasons of varsity competition. The victory is Navy's eighth in a row at home dating to last season, and it runs the Mids' all-time home mark to 24-3 (.888).

Rawlick, the nation's leading scorer with 52 points and 34 goals, had five goals and three assists, and finished with a game-high six draw controls.

She scored on each of her first five shots, extending her consecutive goal-scoring streak to 42 games.

Caitlin Mandrin Hill (St. Mary's) had a goal and a career-best six assists. Mary Ruttum (St. Mary's) added five points.

Dartmouth 12, No. 6 Notre Dame 8: Sophomore Kirsten Goldberg (St. Paul's) came off the bench to score five goals to carry the visiting Big Green (2-1) past the Irish (2-1).

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