April 13, 1999
HEAD COACH: Dom Starsia(Brown ’74) enters his seventh season at Virginia.
CURENT RECORD: Starsia’s UVa mark stands at 72-26. [Career: 173-72].
1999 RECORD: 6-2, 2-0–ACC
LAST WEEK: UVa played North Carolina(17-14 won).
THIS WEEK: UVa goes to Duke(Sun., Apr. 18, 2:00 PM). Admission(at home) is $4 adults and $2 for 18-under.
THE SERIES: UVa leads Duke 41-12(including 18-7 away). UVa has won the last five games in the series and eight of the last ten). UVa won last year 12-11 and 11-9, both games at UVa. UVa won the last game in Durham, 17-14 in 1997. The last time Duke won at home was in 1987, 15-12, and that is the only time that has happened since 1955. Two of the three Duke wins since 1987 were at UVa, and the third was at Chapel Hill. In ACC regular season play, Duke trails UVa 33-4, and in ACC Tournament play, the Cavaliers lead 4-1.
THE RATINGS: UVa is fourth(coaches; fifth media) this week. Duke is ranked second(both polls).
NOTES: Top returning players are Drew McKnight(3rd, A, HM AA, 19+2 4=43 in 98), Jay Jalbert(3rd, A HM AA, 34+14=48), Tucker Radebaugh(4th, A, HM AA, All ACC, 30+26=56), Ryan Curtis(3rd, D, 2nd AA). All four will start this season. The 1999 captains are McKnight, Radebaugh(second time), and Doug Davies(4th, D). Jalbert will play midfield. Those four will start, plus Davies and Michael Leahy(4th, M, 13+3=16). New starters are Conor Gill(1st, A, St. Paul’s(MD), John Harvey(2nd, D), and Jamison Mullen(2nd, M, 4+2=6), plus a new goalie Derek Kenney(1st, G, Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, NY). When Kenney started against Syracuse, it was the first time a UVA goalie started his 1st game since 1979 (Brian Gregory). . UVa has four players on pre-season All American teams: Curtis on first team and McKnight, Jalbert, and Radebaugh made HM choices. Other Cavaliers receiving pre-season recognition are middie David Baruch(4th, 6+3=9), Davies, middie Jason Hard(3rd, 3+1=4), and long-pole Peter Ragosa(3rd, D, 2+1=3). Baruch’s five goals vs. Syracuse is a career high for him. Rookie attackman Conor Gill scored five goals vs. Rutgers, his season high. UVa scored nine times vs. Rutgers within 30 seconds of a previous faceoff, including three only six seconds after a goal. Hanley Holcomb had a career high of four goals vs. UMass. Radebaugh’s five goals vs. OSU and JHU is a career high. UVa is 29-5 at Klckner Stadium, since using the facility for the first time in 1993(all under Starsia). UVa is 45-7 at home under Starsia(86.3 %). Starsia is 16-4 in ACC regular season games(and 9-1 at home in league games). The Maryland game was Virginia’s best defensive effort in the series since 1970 (UVa 9-3 won). The UVa attack unit of Gill, Radebaugh,and McKnight scored nine goals on just 12 shots(each missed once). Against UNC, eight different players scored in the first half. Two defenders(Curtis from Harvey) scored their first career points on the same play, UVa’s first goal vs. UNC.
STATS(99): Tucker Radebaugh(24+11=35) Jay Jalbert(9+4=13, David Baruch(11+2=13), Drew McKnight (12+11=23), Conor Gill(12+17=29), Hanley Holcomb(13+3=17).
TEAM STATS(98): Goals(123-64), shots(367-241), ground balls(453-339), faceoffs(125-85), clearing 158 of 186 and 157 of 231), saves(65-128), EMO goals(14-10).