- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 24, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE A top-ranked team has never defeated Virginia here in Dom Starsia's tenure as the Cavaliers' lacrosse coach.
That streak continued yesterday. No.3 Virginia dropped No.1 Johns Hopkins 12-6 before 4,327 at Klockner Stadium. Starsia, in his 10th season, is now 4-0 at home against top-ranked opponents.
"I didn't know that," Starsia said, chuckling after he heard the statistic.
Said Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala: "Virginia played as well as they have all year. They played like the number one team today."
Virginia freshmen attackers John Christmas and Joe Yevoli continued their push as the top two newcomers in the nation, combining for 10 points. Yevoli scored three goals, and Christmas had three goals and four assists two to Yevoli to lead Virginia. Yevoli leads the team in goals (17), and Christmas is tied for the team lead in points (20).
Johns Hopkins defenseman P.J. DiConza had all sorts of problems guarding Christmas after containing Syracuse's Mike Powell and Princeton's Ryan Boyle in previous victories. Christmas took DiConza behind the cage and up top, dodged off the ball with ease and had his way with the senior.
"My first goal against P.J. for two weeks we've been hearing about him shutting down Powell, shutting down Boyle," Christmas said. "I thought if I came out strong and got a goal on him early that I could get [an edge]. And that happened, and it was a really good thing."
Pietramala and Johns Hopkins (3-1) did not see any positives after senior attackman Bobby Benson opened second-half scoring with a wide-open goal from five yards out to tie the score at 6-6 with 11:34 to play in the third quarter. That was the Blue Jays' last goal.
As it did a week earlier against Towson in the fourth quarter, Virginia (5-1) clamped down on defense and went on a run of its own. The Cavaliers scored four goals to close the fourth quarter up 10-6, then got two more in the fourth to finish the scoring. Christmas had a hand in all six second-half goals, and sophomore goalie Tillman Johnson (14 saves) was superb in the cage during the run. At Towson last week, Virginia broke open an 8-8 tie with five unanswered fourth-quarter goals.
"We've been a good second-half lacrosse team throughout the year," said Starsia, whose team opens its ACC schedule next week at fifth-ranked Maryland. "We have confidence that we are going to play well in the second half, and it played out that way [yesterday]."
Virginia dominated the opening 25 minutes, building a 6-2 lead. But Johns Hopkins responded with three goals in a two-minute span including two within 10 seconds to close Virginia's halftime edge to 6-5. That was Virginia's only lapse of the day.
Hopkins was led by Peter LeSueur, who scored two goals. Four other Blue Jays had one each. Virginia midfielder A.J. Shannon added two goals, while fellow midfielder Chris Rotelli had one goal and two assists.

Maryland 7, North Carolina 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. The fifth-ranked Terrapins (6-1, 1-1 ACC) held North Carolina without a goal for almost 38 minutes to dominate the second half against the No.9 Tar Heels (6-1, 1-1). Midfielder Alex Poole led the Terps with two goals and one assist, and midfielder Mike Mollot added two assists.
North Carolina's Tim Gosier scored with 1:35 left in the first quarter to give the Tar Heels a 3-2 lead. Then the Terps' defense clamped down as Maryland scored the game's next four goals.

Navy 11, Stony Brook 10 (3 OT)
ANNAPOLIS Midfielder Greg Conklin's lone goal of the game came at 1:32 of the third overtime and gave the Midshipmen (4-2) a win over the Seawolves (3-3) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Stony Brook's Kevin Pall scored two of his game-high five goals in the first period as the Seawolves opened a 4-0 lead.


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