#1 Hoos Crush Hopkins, Take 1st Smith Cup, Set Attendance Mark
Charlottesville, Va. - Led by a standout defensive effort and an efficient offense, top-ranked Virginia posted a 12-6 win over ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon before a Klöckner Stadium record crowd of 7440. With the win, Virginia also received the inaugural Doyle Smith Cup, which will be presented annually to the winner of this game.
The Cavaliers extended the nation's longest home winning streak to a record 17 games as they remain undefeated with a 9-0 record. Johns Hopkins evened its record at 3-3.
Virginia got balanced offense as 10 different players scored goals; Ben Rubeor and freshman Danny Glading led the way with two goals apiece. For Glading it is the first time he has led the team.
Sophomore Michael Donegar led Johns Hopkins with a career-high three goals.
The teams traded goals in the first quarter with Rubeor scoring and extra-man goal off the right pipe to give Virginia an early lead. Kevin Huntley, the Blue Jays' leading scorer coming in, answered Rubeor with his only goal of the contest at the 6:57 mark. Kyle Dixon scored his ninth of the season at 4:52, but Paul Rabil scored off the ensuing faceoff 12 seconds later to knot the score at two.
When Matt Poskay, the nation's leading scoring midfielder, tallied his only goal of the game with 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter, he started the Cavaliers on a five-goal run that pushed the UVa to 7-2 entering the fourth quarter. Drew Thompson scored early and Glading late for the only scores of the second quarter.
The Cavalier defense was outstanding during the run and held the visiting Blue Jays scoreless for nearly 40 minutes after Rabil's goal. Clinging to a 5-2 just before halftime, a one-minute penalty on Dixon gave the Blue Jays an opportunity to draw closer, but instead they were unable to get a shot off before losing possession on a Tom Duerr turnover two seconds before the break.
Johns Hopkins had another extra-man opportunity following a Thompson penalty at 8:10 of the third quarter, but once again was unable to even get a shot off.
Defenseman Michael Culver scored the first goal of the second half as his shot, following a full field run, glanced off the stick of goalie Jesse Schwartzman and into the goal. His goal, at the 6:10 mark of the third quarter, gave the Cavaliers a 6-2 lead. Rubeor closed the third quarter with a remarkable backhand shot with his back to the goal with 41 seconds in the quarter for a 7-2 advantage.
Donegar ended the run with an extra-man goal three minutes and 20 seconds into the final quarter to cut Virginia's lead to 7-3, but it was as close as Hopkins would get. Jack Riley, Matt Ward, Glading and Jared
Little scored in succession as the UVa lead grew to 11-3. The Blue Jays scored three of the game's final four goals, including two by Donegar.
Senior Charlie Glazer was exceptional in the faceoff circle, winning 10 of 17 draws. He finished with a game-high seven ground balls as the Cavaliers had a 40-22 advantage on the ground.
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