With 34 seconds left to play, Cornell scored its fifth straight goal to close within one of the home Cavaliers. Jason Murphy won the ensuing draw, Michael Howard secured the groundball, and a timeout helped the Hoos burn off the remaining seconds to avoid the Big Red's comeback bid.
James Pannell led Virginia (4-1) with 6 goals and an assist, while Zed Williams won feeder-of-the-day with his 4 helpers (and a goal to boot). Matt Donovan was the leading scorer for Cornell (3-2) with 5 goals and 2 assists. U.Va. goalie Matt Barrett was stellar between the pipes, recording a career-high 21 saves; his previous best was 20, set in the loss to Syracuse last week.
Face-offs nearly doomed the Cavaliers once more. During Cornell's run of five goals in 3 minutes, Domenic Massimilian won 4 draws. Massimilian was 23-of-32 for the day (71.9 percent), but Murphy came up big on the game's most important face-off late.
Virginia held a 10-7 lead as the fourth quarter began. Donovan scored off a Chris Cook assist with 13:11 to play, but Virginia answered with 4 straight goals to build a six-goal lead. AJ Fish's tally with 2:54 remaining would be the Cavaliers' last of the day and proved to be just enough to allow Virginia to hang on in regulation.
After an anemic start in last week's debacle at Syracuse, the Hoos started much stronger and held a 6-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Cornell opened the scoring with a Connor Buczek goal at 13:36, but Williams answered for Virginia two minutes later. The teams traded goals for the rest of the quarter until Virginia scored three straight—with goals from Ryan Lukacovic, Greg Coholan, and Pannell—in the final three minutes. Cornell's Dan Lintner scored the Big Red's fifth goal with 4 seconds left in the first quarter.
The second period had all the makings of a reverse Cavalanche. Virginia spent a total of three minutes man-down, with Tanner Ottenbreit picking up all three personal fouls. Barrett came up huge, tallying 9 of his 11 first-half saves in the second quarter. The Hoos made the most of their limited possessions, as Coholan and Pannell added goals—both assisted by Williams—to stake Virginia to am 8-5 halftime lead.
A Cornell slash with 2 seconds remaining in the second quarter allowed Virginia to start the second half with a man advantage. The Hoos didn't convert the EMO, but maintained possession enough to score a Lukacovic lay-up and open the lead to 4 goals in the early third quarter. Cornell responded with a tally by Donovan to break a 20-plus minute scoreless streak that had stretched from the first-quarter Lintner goal through the second period. Will McNamara scored his first collegiate goal during a U.Va. man-down to put the Hoos into double digits by the end of the third.
Virginia returns to action Tuesday night for under-the-lights action at Klockner against St. Joe's. Face-off is set for 7 PM. Cornell's next plays Saturday at Yale in an Ivy League matchup.