CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Greg Coholan scored his third goal of the game with 1:09 remaining in the first overtime period to lift 10th-ranked Virginia to an 11-10 victory against ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins before an announced crowd of 4,737 at Klockner Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Cavaliers, who improve to 7-2 with the win. The Blue Jays fall to 5-2 with their second consecutive loss.
Both teams had possessions in overtime, but a Ryan Tucker shot for the Cavaliers hit the outside of the net to open the extra session and a Blue Jay turnover a short time later gave Virginia a second chance. Out of a timeout, the Cavaliers fired off three shots before Coholan got just enough separation from his defender after coming from behind the goal and fired a low shot that slipped past Eric Schneider for the game winner.
The Blue Jays trailed early, but rallied to take three, two-goal leads in the second half. After JHU built a 7-6 halftime lead, the teams traded the first five goals of the second half with Hopkins taking leads of 8-6, 9-7 and 10-8. The final two-goal margin came with 11:45 remaining in the fourth quarter when Ryan Brown completed his hat trick after scooping up a loose ball and scoring from in tight.
The two-goal lead could have been three a minute later, but Virginia’s Matt Barrett made a kick save on a Holden Cattoni blast from the side and the Cavaliers took advantage of the opportunity with back-to-back goals by Ryan Lukacovic in a four-minute span midway through the period to make it 10-10.
Lukacovic nearly gave the Cavs an 11-10 lead with just over three minutes remaining, but Schneider stopped him up high and the Blue Jays cleared. After working through a timer-on situation and calling timeout with just under a minute remaining in regulation, the Blue Jays turned the ball over and gave Virginia one final chance in regulation. A Mark Cockerton shot whistled wide in the final 10 seconds, setting the stage for Coholan’s overtime heroics.
The Blue Jays spotted the Cavaliers a pair of early three-goal leads as Virginia scored three goals before the game was four minutes old and answered Wells Stanwick’s first goal for the Blue Jays with a Coholan unassisted tally to grab a 4-1 lead with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter.
The Blue Jays turned to their extra-man unit to hop back into the game as they used three straight EMO goals in a span of less than three minutes to knot the game at 4-4 by the end of the first quarter.
Cattoni was on the back end of some great ball movement and beat Barrett from 10 yards out with a low shot to make it 4-2 at the five-minute mark. Cattoni and Brandon Benn netted EMO goals during a two-minute non-releasable penalty on the Cavaliers late the quarter to account for the tie at the end of the opening 15 minutes.
While the pace slowed slightly in the second quarter, the Cavaliers did grab leads of 5-4 and 6-5 in the opening eight minutes as James Pannell and Coholan sandwiched goals around another Benn strike before the Blue Jays got goals from freshman John Crawley and Brown in the final four minutes to carry a 7-6 lead into the half. Brown’s goal came with just 38 seconds left in the half and was JHU’s fourth extra-man goal of the first half.
Brown and Benn both posted three goals and one assist and senior Rob Guida added four assists to lead the way for the Blue Jays, who also got a 16-of-25 performance from junior Drew Kennedy on faceoffs.
Coholan’s three goals paced the Cavaliers, who also got two goals and one assist from Pannell and two goals from both Cockerton and Laukacovic. Barrett posted 16 saves in goal for Virginia, which snapped a threeg-game losing streak to the Blue Jays with the victory.