Virginia Lacrosse Notes
In its last game, UVa(6-3, 2-1 ACC, second) played Duke(10-9 ot loss ). Maryland(7-3, 1-2 ACC, third)played Johns Hopkins(13-3 loss) . This is the ACC tournament semifinal matchup for UVa.
IN THE SERIES, UVa leads Duke 41-13(5-1 UVa in ACC tourney play. Maryland leads UVa 38-25(including 3-1 in ACC tournament play. UNC leads in ACC tourney play(5-1) but the Cavaliers lead the overall series 34-22. UVa has never won an ACC Tournament game on the road and is 0-2 at UNC(see press guide for the full records). UVa has been in the ACC finals for three straight years(second best string in ACC history, UNC 7, Maryland 3). UVa won the tourney in 1997.
UVa is 16-5 under Starsia in ACC regular season games and 9-1 at home in that same category (Duke in 1994 is the only such loss). His seven Cavalier squads have finished first or tied for it in five of those years.
In the next game, the winners of the UVa-Md and Duke-UNC games play Sunday at 3:30 PM live on HTS-TV) fr the ACC championship. UVa’s next game after that is the last Cavalier home game of the season, Sat., May 1, vs. Stony Brook, 2:00 PM at Klckner Stadium.
THIS IS DOM STARSIA’S 100TH GAME AS HEAD COACH AT UVA
THE COACH: UVa’s head coach Dom Starsia finished his sixth season at UVa in 1998, and he hails from Brown University, where he had coached for ten years. He now has a 173-73(70.5%) career record, including 72-27(73.1%) at UVa. Ironically, his first college foe as a head coach was a team whose name began with the letter V–Virginia(a 10-6 Brown loss at Hofstra), and his first game at UVa was against another V-team, Villanova(21-6 win). Starsia is 24-20 vs. the ACC(1-6 vs. UVa, 9-3 vs. Duke, 8-5 vs. UNC, and 6-6 vs. Maryland). He is 9-5 vs. the Ivy League since coming to UVa(4-5 vs. Princeton, 2-0 vs. Brown,1-0 vs. Harvard, and 2-0 vs. Penn).
Starsia is twice a winner of the Morris Touchstone award(Division I Coach of the Year, 1985 and 1991). His 100th win came in 1992, when his Bruins topped Cornell to wrap up an NCAA bid. His Brown teams were Ivy League champions twice(1985 and 1991) and went to the NCAA’s four of his last six seasons(he is 9-10 overall in NCAA play). He has a 51-23 record vs. Ivy league teams. He had never played lacrosse prior to attending Brown. In 1992, Starsia was honored by the Rhode Island Organization of Sportswriters and Sportscasters with the Frank Lanning Award(lifetime achievement of overall contribution to the Rhode Island sports community).
Starsia was named ACC co-Coach of the year for 1995, and he was picked as the 1997 ACC Coach of the Year. Four of his six UVa squads have finished the regular season in first place in the ACC. Starsia is 6-6 lifetime vs. Maryland, including 6-5 at UVa. He is 22-11 vs. ACC teams overall while at UVa.
RANKINGS: UVa is fifth this week (in the coaches’ poll), while Duke is ranked 3rd; Maryland is eighth, while UNC is 14th. In NCAA stats, UVa(team is third in offense, ninth in defense, eighth in facing off, eighth in EMO, 19th in EMD and second in scoring margin. Radebaugh is 11th in points per game, ninth in goals per game; while Gill is 13th in assists, David Jenkins is 11th in winning faceoffs, Hard is 14th in faceoffs, and Kenney is 13th in goals against ave.
UVA vs. NUMBER ONE: UVa defeated #1 Princeton March 7th at home(1998). UVa has often played the number one ranked team in the ratings. Syracuse March 2 in 1996 was number one(as was Princeton in the 1996 finals–May 27). The last number one team that UVa played was in a 14-13 loss to Princeton on March 8, 1997(and prior to 1996 it was in 1995(Syracuse on March 14, 1995, when UVA won at Syracuse 15-7). The previous last time a number one team played UVA at home was UNC in 1993, April 10, when UVa rallied from a four-goal deficit to beat the top-ranked Tar Heels on April 10, 1993, 13-12 on a Kevin Pehlke goal 1:13 in overtime at Scott Stadium. Princeton was ranked number one before the finals in 1996. Princeton was ranked first in 1997 when the Cavaliers played the Tigers.
UVA AS NUMBER ONE: UVa has been number one on a number of occasions, the last of which was much of March in 1996(March 23, after the Johns Hopkins game). In 1996, UVa defended its top spot with a 12-9 win over Princeton, followed by a 16-15 overtime win at Hofstra with Brown and a 15-9 win over UMass. Plus JHU, 14-9, then Radford 23-3, and then lost it after bowing to Maryland(13-11 loss, March 30, 1996).
THE STARTING LINEUP: The middle of the season lineup looks like the following(99 scoring totals ) Drew McKnight (12+11=23), Conor Gill(A, St. Paul’s(MD), 14+17=31), and Tucker Radebaugh(26+12=38) on attack; Jay Jalbert(10+4=14), Jamison Mullen( 5+0=5), and Michael Leahy (5+2=7) on midfield; and John Harvey( 0+1=1), Ryan Curtis(1+0=1), and probably Mark Koontz(0+1=1)) on defense.
The goalie should be Derek Kenney(1st, goal,Stony Brook HS in NY, 68 saves, 67 goals allowed). Kenney started vs. Syracuse, the first start by a rookie goalie in his first game at UVa and in the first game of that season, since Brian Gregory in 1979(he had 10 saves vs. Princeton, including six in the last period).
The faceoff men used the most often will be Jason Hard(67 of 112 , including 11 of 12 vs. UMass , 7 of 11 vs. Maryland, and 14 of 21 vs. UNC) and David Jenkins( 67 of 110, including 12 of 14 vs. Rutgers, and 12 of 18 vs. JHU, and 7 of 9 vs. Maryland). Peter Ragosa(0+1=1) will be the first long stick defender on the field. 1999 NEW FACES, are Todd Estrin(M, Cold Spring Harbor HS and Syosset, NY),Tyler Gilbert(M, Episcopal(VA) School and Wayne, PA, 0+1=1), Conor Gill(A, St. Paul’s School and Timonium, MD, 14+17=31), George Greczmiel(G, Fairfax HS and Fairfax), Derek Kenney(G, Stony Brook HS, Stony Brook, NY, 57 saves, 57 goals allowed), Mark Koontz(D, Upper Arlington HS and Columbus, OH), Eric Leibowitz(A, Annandale HS and Annandale, injured), Jason Leneau(D-M, Boy’s Latin School and Eldersburg, MD), Brenndan Mohler(M, Catonsville HS and Catonsville, M, 0+2=2.), and Nick Russo(M, Comsewogue HS and Port Jefferson , NY, 0+1=1).
SEASON OPENERS had been solidly UVa until 1997. UVa had won its previous 14 season openers, before losing at Syracuse 22-21 in February of 1997. UVa has won 16 of its last 18 home openers (Princeton,1994, 14-6 loss; and Syracuse in 1998) . UVa is 4-2 in its last six openers on the road(both are to Syracuse).
Where HOME WAS A BIT OF HEAVEN for UVa in 1993(9-0 at home), UVa only posted a 4-3 mark at home in 1994. In 1993 UVa was 1-5 on the road. BUT, in 1994, the reverse was true. UVa played ten games away from home and won nine of them. UVa had not done anything like that since 1952(that year, UVa won its first national championship).
In 1994, UVa was 4-3 at home and 9-1 away from Charlottesville. In 1995, UVa won all eight home games. UVa had won 15 straight games at home(UNC, ACC finals in 1994, 15-7). UVa finished with a 6-1 home record in 1996. UVa finished 7-0 at home in 1997. At home Starsia is 45-7. Now UVa is 10-1, 90.9 %, on the U-Hall Turf Field.
UVa is 29-5(85.3%) at Klckner Stadium(1994 losses to Duke and North Carolina and 1996 loss to UNC; with the two UNC losses coming in the ACC finals, plus JHU and Maryland in 1998). The Duke loss was the regular season game in 1994. In 1999, UVa is 5-0 at home.
SCORING: in UVa’s games over Starsia’s seven seasons is up. In 1994 five games saw UVa offense at or over the 20-goal mark, a UVa record. The team figure of 255 goals in 1997 had not previously been topped(1972, 213 was the old mark). The per-game average was 15 goals per game, and the UVa mark was 16.1(1982). UVa averaged 17.5 goals per game in 1995(another school mark and the top figure in Division I in the NCAA).
In 1994, UVa scored 51 goals 30 seconds or less following a faceoff. In 1997, UVa had runs of 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 9, 9, 12, 13, and 16(Mercyhurst and Bucknell). The consecutive goals scored record is 24 vs. Radford in 1995. In 1998, UVa scored 26 times in under 30 second goal situations and had runs of 5,5,5,8, 8, 12. and 12 straight scores(Mercyhurst, and Bucknell). In 1999, UVa has runs in one game of five or more as follows: 5, 5, 5,5, 9, 11, and 21. And UVa has notched 26 quick goals.
UVa opened its 1995 and 1996 seasons with two straight 20-goal games, a school record. UVa scored more than 20 goals in five games in 1995 and 1997, which tied the school mark(1994). UVa did not score fewer than 10 goals in a game in 1995 or 1996(a record). UVa’s 273 goals in 1996 was a new team mark. UVA had a school-record string of 44 straight games having scored 10 or more goals in a game snapped by Maryland in the NCAA quarterfinals in 1997.
It was the longest such streak in ACC history. The string began in 1995, with the season-opener with Navy 24-13. During that string, UVa exceeded 10 goals 44 times, topped 20 goals 14 times, and surpassed the 30 goal mark three times(including the school mark of 38, set vs. VMI in 1996). UVa has scored 20 goals in a game 65 times(including 23 times under Starsia).
UVa’s 1997 average of 18.21 goals per game and scoring margin of 8.50 goals per game were not only school records but also NCAA leading marks for 1997. UVa’s six goals against Princeton was the lowest scoring game for UVa since 1994(14-6 to Princeton ), the lowest winning score since 1973(6-5 vs. Carling LC), and the combined score of ten goals was the lowest since 1969(eight, Alumni game, 5-3 win) and in a college game since 1969(7-3 win over UNC). The four goals allowed Maryland was one off the series low of three goals by Maryland (1964 and 1970).
MORE FIRSTS: UVa played its first men’s lacrosse games under the Klckner lights in 1996. The first time was a March 22, 1996 14-9 win over Johns Hopkins. UVa has frequently played night games at home, but this was the first such occasion at Klckner. UVa’s 17-14 win at Duke(first game) in 1997 was the 400th for the program(64th season, 400-268-6, 59.8%)(now 417-277-6, 60.0%). It (1997) was UVa’s first win over UNC in ACC tournament play. It was the first ACC Tournament title for UVa. The last ACC crown for UVa had been in 1986. UVa’s last shutout was in 1986 with OSU being the first shutout since Virginia Tech. UVa had never played ot with Duke before. It was only Duke’s second win at home over UVa since 1955.
RECORDS: UVa set school marks of 38 goals vs. VMI in 1996 and for record margin of victory(33, 38-5). In that game, 25 assists and 105 ground balls were records also. The 31 goals in the VMI game in 1997 is UVa’s third best of all time. The 12 goals in the first period duplicates 1996’s record of 12 in the first period of the VMI game. The 12 goals against Rutgers is the third time that has happened. UVa’s 20 goals vs. UNC(1997 I)is a series high and the biggest margin in UVa ACC play.
DAVID BRUCE and JAMIE LEACHMAN set personal marks in 1996 . Bruce(4+3=7) and Leachman(1+7=8) set those standards vs. VMI. Bruce had four goals vs. Mercyhurst in 1997. Bruce had 4+2=6 vs. VMI in 1997. Bruce suffered a serious knee injury in a pre-season scrimmage and missed the entire season. Leachman had a career best with five vs. Bucknell and then added four goals vs. Hobart.
MARK MURPHY and JOSH BRADSTREET scored the first goals of their UVa careers against VMI in 1996. Each had three. Murphy added three scores vs. Mercyhurst, 1997. Murphy set personal career marks vs. VMI in 1997, 4+4=8.
RYAN CURTIS , a third year defender, was named ACC Player of the Week, for the Princeton week. It was his first time, and he is second team All American from last year,and he was also picked as an All American for 1999. He attended the Landon School and is from Potomac, MD. Curtis scored his first career point, against UNC, taking a feed from John Harvey for the game’s first UVa goal.
MICHAEL LEAHY is in his fourth year, running on the first midfield this spring. He scored on the first three of his shots this season.. He scored on one of two in the final game of 1998, giving him four of five shots scoring goals. He hails from West Genessee High School and Camillus, NY. His career figures are 28+8=36, and his career best is three goals vs. Penn in 1998.
HANLEY HOLCOMB scored a career high four goals vs. UMass this season. The second-year middie from the Salisbury School and Ridgewood, NJ, missed much of last season with a serious knee injury. His rehabilitation seems complete, and he has 15 goals on the season(four goals scored in all of 1998, including two vs. Bucknell).
DAVD BARUCH is in his fourth year at UVa and seems to have sworn this is to be his breakout year. He pulled the trigger five times against Syracuse–result: five goals. A career high for the middie from the Lawrenceville School and Haverford, PA. He had scored twice last year against Syracuse. And, astonishingly, he has scored on each of his last SEVEN shots vs. Syracuse(over the last three games).
(ODD NOTE; the record for consecutive shots scored on in one complete game at UVa appears to be six(by Mark LaVerghetta, ironically in the last game a Cavalier scored six times in a game, VMI, 1996). His string snapped at six, going 0-3 vs. Princeton.
JASON HARD had a record-caliber faceoff day against his hometown rivals at Syracuse in the 1997 opening game. He took 29 of 40 faceoffs. The third year middie hails from Cicero/North Syracuse High School and Bridgeport, NY. He finished the season with 176 wins and only 109 losses. He was named ACC Rookie of the Year for 1997. He was 13 of 14 vs. Mercyhurst. His 1998 figures were 111 of 262. He had nine wins in 12 tries vs. Rutgers and seven of 11 vs. Maryland. He was named ACC co-player of the week for his 14 of 21 faceoff day and one goal vs. UNC. Seven of his faceoff wins vs. UNC game came in ten tries after UNC goals.
TUCKER RADEBAUGH set a new career standard for himself with a five goal, two assist performance vs. Ohio St., topping a four goal performance against UMass in 1997(also tied it in the 1999 game). He also scored five vs. JHU in 1999. He also had one assist in that game. He scored 2+2=4 in the Duke(II) game, all four points coming in the last six goals of the game. He was named Honorable Mention All American in 1997, his first AA award and again in 1998. He started on attack vs. Syracuse and notched a career high seven points(3+4=7).
He scored four times vs. Mercyhurst and Princeton, UNC, and Duke. His career high assists is four vs. Bucknell. He led the Cavaliers in scoring with 30+26=56 points, in 98. He had 2+3 vs. Rutgers and 4+0=4 vs. UMass. The ACC Player of the Week (MD)has now scored three goals in each of his last six games,26 on the season. (He only took five shots vs. Maryland).
He now is just outside the top ten in UVa career points(10th is 147) with 146, and he is ninth in career goals at UVa with 90. Eighth is 94. He has scored three game-winning goals this year(Princeton, UMass, and Maryland).
DREW McKNIGHT also had a fine rookie opening day vs. Syracuse in 1997. The (now) third year attackman from Norfolk Academy notched 2+4=6 vs. the Orangemen. He duplicated those numbers against Mercyhurst. He had a personal high of three goals vs. Penn. He scored the game-winner in the second overtime of the Maryland game in 1997. He had 3+3=6 vs. Bucknell. in 1997. He scored 3+3=6 vs. Penn. Against Duke(I)he had 1+5=6 and (II) he had 5+0=5. He was an HM AA in 1998. He has had three assists twice this year. He scored 4+1=5 vs. Maryland. He has now amassed 108 career points(53+55=105). His 55 assists career place him 28 away from 10th in UVa records.
CONOR GILL is a first year attackman form the St. Paul’s school and Timonium,MD. He scored five goals against Rutgers in the first period, believed to be a UVa record. He had a season high 5+1=6 for the game. He is regarded as one of the top rookies for the 1999 season. His five feeds vs. OSU is his top day. He tied that mark with five feeds vs. Maryland. He was ECAC rookie of the week for the Maryland game(his second honor of the year).
JAY JALBERT also put up some good numbers in the first game of his career(Syracuse, 1997). He scored four goals. Jalbert’s step-brother Steve Anderson was a Cavalier midfielder and captain in 1986-89. His career high is 3+3=6 vs. Duke), for which he was named ACC player of the week. He started on attack, with three goals vs. Syracuse and Princeton. His five goals vs. UNC was a career mark 1998. He scored 23 goals in the last seven games of the season, including four vs. Maryland(II) and five vs. Hobart, on 78 shots. He had four assists vs. JHU and three vs. Bucknell. He is playing midfield this season. He had a season high against UNC with three goals.
DEREK KENNEY became the first rookie goalie at UVa since Brian Gregory (in 1979) to start in his first game(and UVa’s first game, too. He tallied 13 saves in his first game, against Syracuse. He had ten saves vs. Princeton, with six coming in the fourth quarter against the defending NCAA champion Tigers. He had eight saves and only gave up four goals vs. Maryland. The first year goalie is from Stony Brook High School in Stony Brook, NY. His father played football at UVa.
HOME GROWN HENRY OAKEY scored with abandon in 1996. He whistled a career high of three goals past Princeton goalies in 1996. He followed that hat trick with a four-goal effort vs. Brown. Oakey hails from Charlottesville, but he graduated(playing his final two prep seasons) from Deerfield Academy 1994. He had his first career assists vs. JHU. He had 23 goals in 1996. Although his rehabilitation(from a 1996 injury) was successful, he redshirted in 1997. He was fully recovered for 1998, scoring 2+2=4 in his first outing vs. Syracuse. He injured a hamstring in 98, missing most of the Maryland game, and it nagged for the rest of the year. He had two scores vs. UNC(career 45).
MORE HOME GROWN, third-year goalie BEN O’NEIL hails from Charlottesville, where he prepped at St. Anne’s/Belfield. He played in seven games in 1997 . In his first two games he took three saves and allowed one goal. The Johns Hopkins game was his first career start. He started vs. Penn in 1998, due to an injury to Sanderson’s shoulder, and he had 15 saves, giving up only seven goals. He was 5/3 starting vs, Bucknell(played in five games in 1998). His father is a former President of the University of Virginia. Red-shirt second year middie WILL QUAYLE is also a local talent. The Western Albemarle grad did not play last season. He saw midfield action in 1998(one assist vs. Bucknell). His father was an AA football and lacrosse player at UVa in the 1966-68 period. He scored his first goal against UMass.
PRE-SEASON 1999 ALL AMERICAN choices are RYAN CURTIS(first), DREW McKNIGHT(HM), JAY JALBERT(HM), and TUCKER RADEBAUGH(HM). CAPTAINS for 1999 are fourth-year attackman TUCKER RADEBAUGH, fourth-year defender DOUG DAVIES, and third-year attackman DREW McKNIGHT.
THE STARSIA LOG:at Brown: 101-46; at Virginia 72-27 Brown UVaOverall: 101-46(.643) 72-27(.73.1)Ivy: 42-18(.700) 9-5(.643)Ivy Overall: 42-18(.700) 9-5(.643)Virginia Schools: 1-6(.143) 9-0(1.000)ACC: 2-9(.182) 16-5(.762) ACC Overall: 2-9(.182) 22-11(.667)One-Goal games: 10-14(.417) 8-12(.400)In Overtime: 2-4(.333) 5-6(.454)When Brown scores 10+ goals: 88-13(.872) 68-16(.811)When Opponents score 10+ goals: 21-33(.389) 25-21(.543)When Brown scores 10- goals: 13-33(.283) 4-11(.267)When both teams score 10+ goals: 21-13(.618) 27-16(.628)When neither team scores 10 goals: 12-13(.480) 4-5(.444)NCAA play: 2-5 8-6(.571)NCAA First Round: 2-3 3-0(1.000)NCAA Quarter-finals: 0-2 3-3(.500)NCAA Semi-finals 0-0 2-1(.667)NCAA Finals 0-0 0-2(.000)At home(UVa): 45-7(.865)Away(UVa) 20-14(.588)Neutral(UVa): 7-6(.538)
Previous years, 2-game series ACC Schools:MARYLAND1973 W, L1978 L, L1983 W, L1991 W,L1993 W, L1996 L, W1997 W, L1998 L, L1999 ????
DUKE1939 L, L1990 W, W1994 L, W1995 W, L1997 W, L1998 W,W1999 L, ??????????
UNC1938 l, W1939 L, L1980 L, W1984 W, L1986 W, L1989 L, L1990 W, L1992 L, L1994 W, L, W1996 L, L1997 W, W1999 ??????????