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May 4, 1999

HEAD COACH: Dom Starsia(Brown ’74) enters his seventh season at Virginia.

Current RECORD: Starsia’s UVa mark stands at 75-27. [Career: 176-73].

1999 RECORD: 9-3, 2-1–ACC(ACC Tournament champions).

LAST WEEK: UVa played Stony Brook(24-3 won).

THIS WEEK: UVa plays Butler (Wed., May 5, 2:00 PM, EST, away).

THE SERIES: UVa has never played Butler.

THE RATINGS: UVa is third this week. Butler is ranked 15th.

NOTES: The Butler game will be Dom Starsia’s 250th career game as a head coach.

A win would leave him with a career total of 177-73.

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, defender Doug Davies, middie Jason Hard, and long-pole Peter Ragosa. 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, as are his eight points vs. Maryland(2) and Stony Brook.

UVa is 30-5 at Klockner Stadium, since using the facility for the first time in 1993(all under Starsia). UVa is 46-7 at home under Starsia(86.8 %). Starsia is 16-5 in ACC regular season games(and 9-1 at home in league games). The Maryland (1)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. Jalbert was named Tournament MVP, and he was joined on the All Tournament team by Radebaugh, Curtis, and Holcomb. Radebaugh had personal highs vs. Maryland(six assists and eight points). Jalbert had 2+2=4 in the final game. Radebaugh was picked as ACC Player of the Year. Conor Gill was selected as ACC Rookie of the Year, and Starsia is the ACC Coach of the Year, marking UVa’s second such sweep(and only the second such sweep in ACC records). NCAA bids will be announced May 9, at 7:00 PM, EDT, live on HTS. UVa appears to be in good position for a first round bye in the NCAA’s, for the fourth time under Starsia(1993-5; 5; 2; 3; 2; 6 in 1998). UVa has made the tournament field 22 times(trailing only Johns Hopkins’ 27 and Maryland’s 23, in the 28 year history of the tournament. UVa’s mark of 22-21 is exceeded only by JHU(44-20), Syracuse(34-13), Maryland(31-21), and UNC(23-16). UVa has played ten games(including Butler) against teams ranked in last week’s poll ( 6-3 plus Butler), and UVa is 4-3 vs.the top 10). Under Starsia, UVa is 8-6 in NCAA play. This wi ll be UVa’s. 8th straight bid.

STATS(99): Tucker Radebaugh(32+23=55) Jay Jalbert(19+6=25, David Baruch(15+2=17), Drew McKnight (19+14=33), Conor Gill(15+23=38), Hanley Holcomb(20+5=25).

TEAM STATS(98): Goals(179-90), shots(545-339), ground balls(653-479), faceoffs(185-122), clearing 225 of 268 and 224 of 325), saves(99-179), EMO goals(17-17).

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