No. 9 Virginia dropped another last-minute heartbreaker, this time to No. 12 Ohio State, 11-10. UVa’s three losses this season are by a combined three goals and each opponents’ game-winning goal has all come in either overtime, or in the final 1:31 of regulation.
“I like my team a lot,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “They work at it, we had a great week of practice coming in. If we had played the first three quarters the way we played these last 15 minutes, we probably wouldn’t find ourselves in this situation at the very end here. There are a lot of good teams out there – you have to be playing your best all the time. You have to continue to work hard and get better. We’re finding our way a little bit. We are going to be involved in a lot of these close games. We just have to keep getting better so that we can win this the next time around.”
The game’s first three quarters were separated from the games final 15 minutes by a lightning delay that lasted nearly two hours. Virginia clawed its way back with two goals in the fourth quarter, tying the game, 10-10, with 1:48 left in the contest.
In the scrum on the ensuing faceoff, Dominique Alexander came up with the ground ball and scored in transition for Ohio State with 1:31 left in the game, which proved to be the game-winning goal.
“They were playing the zone - so it took us a little time to get organized on offense,” said Starsia. “Like I said, I thought we were all over the play in the fourth quarter. Still required some patience on the offensive end, but we had our chances and we just didn’t get enough goals.”
Nick O'Reilly led Virginia with four goals and an assist while Matt White had two goals and one assist. Mark Cockerton had a goal and two assists to help pace UVa (5-3).