March 14, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – John Flandina scored four goals, including two in the decisive third quarter, to lead Notre Dame to an 11-8 win over Virginia in men’s lacrosse action at Kl?ckner Stadium this afternoon.
Flandina, who came into the game with one goal on the season, scored four of Notre Dame’s first six goals, including the goal that proved to be the game winner.
The Fighting Irish jumped to a 2-0 lead late in the first quarter, but the homestanding Cavaliers got late goals from Chris Rotelli and Ian Shure in the final minutes of the second period to take a 4-3 lead at halftime. Shure’s goal, with 50 seconds remaining in the half, gave Virginia its only lead of the game.
Flandina tied the score at 4-all early in the third quarter with a shot just over goalie Tillman Johnson’s shoulder. Midfielder Chris Young managed to trickle a shot just past Johnson as the Irish regained the lead at 5-4. Rotelli tallied his second goal of the day 40 seconds later with an extra-man goal to tie the score at five with 10:22 to play in the third.
Rotelli’s goal forced the fourth tie of the game, but from then on it was all Notre Dame. Flandina’s final goal, a backhanded shovel of a loose ball in front of the cage with 8:45 left in the period, started a three-goal run that saw the visitors push their lead to 8-5. David Ulrich scored 16 seconds later on a behind-the-back shot following an Irish win on the ensuing faceoff and Steve Bishko ended the run with his second goal of the game with 7:36 remaining.
Shannon’s second extra-man goal of the game at the 6:47 mark of the third quarter cut the Notre Dame lead to 8-6, but the Cavaliers were never able to get any closer.
Irish goalie Kirk Howell stopped 14 shots, including seven in the second quarter, while Johnson recorded eight saves for Virginia.
Tom Glatzel scored two goals for Notre Dame and assisted on another to join Flandina in leading the Irish offense. Virginia was led in scoring by Rotelli and Shannon with three goals apiece.
Virginia returns to action against Denver on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Kl?ckner Stadium. Notre Dame’s road trip continues as the Irish travel to Baltimore to face Loyola on Sunday.
score by qtr
ND 14 (Kirk Howell)
VA 8 (Tillman Johnson)
ND 16 of 23
VA 18 of 23
ND 1 of 2
VA 4 of 7
Goals Flandina 4, Glatzel 2, Bishko 2, Young, D. Ulrich, Wells. Assists Glatzel, Ryan, Harvey, T. Ulrich, Bishko.
Goals Shannon 3, Rotelli 3, Shure, Justin Mullen. assists Gill 3, Holcomb, Shure.