March 31, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - First-year goaltender Tillman Johnson saved 16 shots, including several at point-blank range, to help #7 Virginia defeat #1 Maryland 7-2 before 2,580 fans at Klöckner Stadium this afternoon. The goal total was the lowest for a Maryland team since the Terrapins fell to Army 10-1 in 1948.
Fourth-year midfielder Hanley Holcomb and first-year attackman Justin Mullen provided the offense for Virginia (4-3 overall/1-0 ACC), netting two goals apiece. Two of attackman Conor Gill's four assists came on goals scored by Mullen, including the first goal of the game, which came with 10:00 remaining in the first quarter. Holcomb tallied his first goal minutes later on an unassisted, left-hand crank with 5:08 to play in the first.
Johnson held Maryland (7-1 overall/2-1 ACC) scoreless for the first 35:51 of the game, one week after he shut out Johns Hopkins during the last 33:35 of a four-overtime victory.
Maryland finally beat the Cavalier netminder on a goal by attackman Dan LaMonica with 9:09 remaining in the third period to make the score 5-1. The Cavaliers answered seven seconds, however, as midfielder David Jenkins took the faceoff, scooped up a ground ball and fed Ian Shure to wrest momentum away from the Terrapins and give the Cavaliers a 6-1 lead.
The Virginia defense kept Maryland attackman Andrew Combs in check, holding the nation's leading scorer without a point until he scored with 26 seconds remaining on a deflected shot. Combs, who has netted 31 goals on the season, had scored at least three times in each of Maryland's seven prior games.
GAME SCORING #1 MARYLAND (7-1, 2-1) 0 0 1 1 --2 #7 VIRGINIA (4-3, 1-0) 4 1 1 1 --7
Qtr.-Time Team, Goal (Assist) UM-UVa 1-10:00 Virginia, Justin Mullen (Conor Gill) 0-1 1-8:16 Virginia, Chris Rotelli (un) 0-2 1-5:08 Virginia, Hanley Holcomb (un) EMG 0-3 1-0:14 Virginia, Hanley Holcomb (Conor Gill) 0-4
2-13:59 Virginia, Justin Mullen (Conor Gill) 0-5
3-9:09 Maryland, Dan LaMonica (un) 1-5 3-9:02 Virginia, Ian Shure (David Jenkins) 1-6
4-7:58 Virginia, A.J. Shannon (Conor Gill) 1-7 4-0:26 Maryland, Andrew Combs (un) 2-7
TEAM STATS Category Maryland Virginia Shots 7-10-5-6=28 13-5-9-8=35 Saves 4-0-5-4=13 4-4-3-5=16 Face-Offs 6/13 7/13 Groundballs 8-13-8-12=41 18-10-16-11=51 Clears 21/25 21/30 Extra-Man Opp 0/2 1/4 Penalties 4/3:30 2/1:00
Virginia Scoring Goals-Asst.-Pts. Conor Gill 0-4-4 Hanley Holcomb 2-0-2 Justin Mullen 2-0-2 Chris Rotelli 1-0-1 A.J. Shannon 1-0-1 Ian Shure 1-0-1 David Jenkins 0-1-1
GOALIES Maryland Goalies Saves GA Min. Pat McGinnis 13 7 60:00
Virginia Goalies Saves GA Min. Tillman Johnson 16 2 60:00