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March 12, 2002

Charlottesville, Va. –

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#4 Virginia (2-1) vs. #19 Notre Dame (1-2)

March 12, 2002
4:00 p.m.
Kl?ckner Stadium
Charlottesville, Va.

Ticket information: $5 for adults, $3 for youth and senior citizens. Ticket booths open at 3:00 p.m.

The Series vs. the Fighting Irish
Virginia holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series against the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame won last year’s game 11-8 in the first regular season match-up in the series. The Fighting Irish, ranked sixth at game time, became just the second team ranked fifth or lower to defeat the Cavaliers at Kl?ckner Stadium.

The other two contests have been NCAA Tournament contests played at Kl?ckner. The Cavaliers downed the Fighting Irish 19-9 in the first round of the 1993 playoffs and followed that with a 23-4 first round win the following year.

Virginia’s 23-4 win in the 1994 national playoffs represents its biggest win over a ranked team in the program’s history (Notre Dame was ranked 14th at game time.) The margin of victory also marks UVa’s greatest in NCAA Tournament action.

First Midfield Averages Six Goals Per Game
Virginia’s first midfield unit of Billy Glading, Chris Rotelli and A.J. Shannon have been playing well so far this season and are finding the back of the net with regularity.

The trio of juniors have scored six goals apiece, tying for second on the team.

Shannon has added four assists and is the group’s leading scorer with 10 points (6g, 4a).

The three combined to score five goals in the win over Princeton, including two each by Rotelli and Shannon.

So far this season they have scored 39 percent of the team’s goals. The first group last season scored 36 percent of UVa’s goals.

Offense Back to “Normal”
One of the Cavaliers’ deficiencies last season was an inability to score. In fact their 10.4 goals-per-game average is Virginia’s lowest scoring average since the 1969 team averaged 9.8 goals per contest.

Even though the season is young, this year’s squad has demonstrated that last year seems to be a one-year aberration. Through the first three games the Cavaliers are averaging 15.3 goals per game, an increase of almost five goals per game over last year. The Cavaliers are currently ranked fourth in the nation in offense.

The Wahoos have scored at least 13 goals in all three games-the first time in two years they have had such a series of offensive explosions.

In contrast, last year’s team scored as many as 13 goals on four occasions in 14 games, and reached double figures six times all season.

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