Mess with the Bull, You Get the Horns: No. 4 Texas Reaches National Title Game with 13-3 Win Against No. 5 Miami
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Hunter Henderson (Sr., Ft. Worth, Texas) turned away 10 shots to earn Player of the Game honors while 10 players found the back of the cage as the No. 4 ranked Longhorns of the University of Texas stopped No. 4 University of Miami 13-3 in the semifinals of the 2010 Men's National Collegiate Club Championship at Southern Utah University.
The Longhorns, who become the first Texas Division team to qualify for the title game, will face No. 2 ranked and defending National Champion the University of California-Los Angeles at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 14 with the national championship plaque on the line.
Texas wasted no time in setting the tempo for the contest as Alex Hacopian (Sr., Houston, Texas) converted a man-up chance into a 1-0 lead with 5:19 left in the first period. Bobby Woolweaver (Fr., Houston, Texas) added to the margin with a man-up goal of his own at 4:00 before Matthew Johnson (Sr., Houston, Texas) tallied the 'Horns third advantage goal of the opening period at 3:04 for a 3-0 lead.
Ricardo Bello (So., Houston, Texas) cushioned the margin further with a five-meter penalty shot with 5:58 to go in the second period. Miami finally broke through with a marker by Juan Lopez (So., Miami, Fla.) at 3:20, but Texas responded 29 seconds later with a strike by Kieran Kapila (Fr., Houston, Texas) to return the lead to four at 5-1.
The teams traded goals to the halftime horn as Andrew Fitzpatrick (Jr., Melbourne, Australia) tossed in a tally at 1:32 and Hacopian registered another man-up goal with 16 seconds on the clock to stake the Longhorns to a 6-2 lead at the break.
Texas continued to expand the margin in the third period as John Littlepage (Gr., Trinidad) fired home a shot at 3:58 and Kapila added his team's sixth score off a man-up chance/penalty shot at 1:05 to make it an 8-2 game with seven minutes of action to play in the fourth period.
Following goals by Littlepage and Benny Berezin (Fr., Nassau Bay, Texas) at 6:12 and 5:32 to make it 10-2, Bryan Byrnes (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) posted another man-up marker at 3:29 to inch the lead out to nine goals.
Ian Dixon (Jr., Miami, Fla.) broke up the scoring run with a strike at 2:42, but the Longhorns closed out the game with consecutive goals by Jonathan Berezin (Jr., Nassau Bay, Texas) and Sam Wolfsohl (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) at 1:25 and 41 seconds, respectively, for the 13-3 final score.
The key to the contest was Texas' ability to draw ejections and convert on their advantage chances as the Longhorns shot seven-of-nine with more personnel.
For the Hurricanes, Alan Groll (So., Miami, Fla.) concluded the night with five saves as Miami will have a chance to continue a string of recent success by the Florida Division.
Tomorrow, Miami will meet No. 1 ranked Michigan State University, which fell to UCLA 9-5 in the other semifinal game, for third place at 11:30 a.m. The Hurricanes, who can finish no lower than fourth in the final tournament standings, will ensure that a Florida Division team finishes among the Top Four programs for the third year in a row. Previously, Florida Division squads placed second (2009), fourth (2008) and sixth (2007) since the division split from the Southeast Division following the 2006 season.
|No. 4 University of Texas
|No. 5 University of Miami
Miami Goals: Ian
Dixon, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Juan Lopez
Texas Goals: Alex Hacopian (2), Kieran Kapila (2), John Littlepage (2), Bobby Woolweaver, Sam Wolfshol, Matthew Johnson, Ricardo Bello, Benny Berezin, Jonathan Berezin, Bryan Byrnes,
Saves: Miami - Alan Groll (5) ; Texas - Hunter Henderson (10)
Exclusions: Miami - 9 ; Texas - 7
Advantage Opportunities: Miami - 0-for-7 ; Texas - 7-for-9
Sprints: Miami - 4-for-4 ; Texas - 0-for-4
Officials: Bruce Morehouse, Dave Alberstein