Greg Coholan scored with 1:09 left in overtime to lift the No. 10 Virginia Cavaliers over the No. 9 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 11-10, Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia improved to 7-2 with the victory.
The win was also the 600th victory in program history, making the Cavaliers the eighth NCAA Division I program to reach the plateau.
It also secures UVa’s possession of the Doyle Smith Cup, awarded to the winner of the regular season matchup between the Cavaliers and Johns Hopkins. UVa’s win snaps a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays in the series and the Cup returns to Charlottesville for the first time since 2010.
“This was a great game of lacrosse,” said Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. “I thought that we made some mistakes along the way. I was concerned that maybe the mistakes would come back to haunt us. But we played hard the whole time and there is a lot to like about that. It’s a great win for us at a time when we have been struggling a little bit. It’s nice that we could step up and get this one.”
In the extra frame, Coholan got the ball in his stick and curled to his right above goal line extended, faked the pass and stuck the winning shot past Johns Hopkins’ goalie Eric Schneider.
“The set play after the timeout kind of ran out and we were flying by the seat of our pants a little bit at the end,” said Starsia. “Although we wanted to get the ball in Greg Coholan’s hands, we definitely wanted to do that, and in the end he made the shot.”
Coholan’s game-winning goal capped a 3-0 UVa run. Trailing in the fourth quarter by two goals, 10-8, the Cavaliers buckled down on defense to thwart the Johns Hopkins attack over the final 11:45. UVa used two goals by Ryan Lukacovic, the first on a transition pass from Tanner Ottenbreit, to tie the game at 10-10. Lukacovic scored his second goal with 5:00 left to play. Johns Hopkins had a chance for regulation’s final shot in the final minute, but John Crawley lost a pass in the sun and the ball rolled out of bounds, giving possession to the Cavaliers. Mark Cockerton was unable to have his shot with seven seconds left to fall, thus ending regulation and sending the game into overtime.
Coholan led UVa with a career-high three goals. Pannell, Cockerton and Lukacovic all had two. Matt Barrett tied his career high with 16 saves.
UVa returns to action on Monday when VMI comes to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.