Virginia Men's Lacrosse Hosts Nation's Top-Ranked Team
March 22, 2002
Charlottesville, Va. –
#4 Virginia (4-1) vs. #1 Johns Hopkins (3-0)
March 23, 2002
Ticket information: Saturday’s game is a Family Day Doubleheader with the Virginia women’s team. The Cavalier women host ACC rival North Carolina at noon, with the Virginia men’s team facing off against Johns Hopkins at 3:00 p.m. You can buy two youth and two adult tickets together for just $10! Regular admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth 18 & under and senior citizens. Ticket booths open at 11:00 a.m.
Television:Satuday’s game is being televised in the Mid-Atlantic area on Comcast Sports Net.
Radio: You can listen to the game on the internet by clicking here for the Johns Hopkins broadcast.
The Series vs. the Blue Jays
Johns Hopkins holds a commanding 51-19-1 record in the all-time series with Virginia. The rivalry between the two schools goes all the way back to two meetings in 1904, well before lacrosse was recognized as a varsity sport at UVa. The next meeting didn’t occur until 1926, the second “official” year of the UVa varsity program. The teams have met at least once every season since 1948, the longest current series of any Virginia opponent.
John Hopkins’ 51 wins over Virginia are by far the most wins by any school over the Cavaliers. Maryland is next with 39 wins over UVa.
Virginia has also played more games against Johns Hopkins than any one else (71). Again, Maryland is second with 68 games vs. the Cavaliers.
The Blue Jays have had great success in Charlottesville, winning 17 of 26 match-ups on the Cavaliers’ home fields. However, Virginia has won five of the last six games in Charlottesville.This game features some historical patterns that could bode well for the Cavaliers.
Known as a team that likes the up-tempo pace, Virginia would certainly like to see its offense explode vs. the Blue Jays since the Cavaliers are 16-7 all-time against Johns Hopkins when scoring at least 10 goals. In fact, when UVa scores more than 13 goals they have won 11 of 14 games against Hopkins.
UVa can be successful if it is able to contain the Hopkins offense because it is 12-3-1 when allowing fewer than 10 goals.
Virginia vs. the Nation’s #1 Team
Following wins over Princeton and Syracuse, Johns Hopkins comes into this afternoon’s contest ranked #1 in the USILA coaches’ poll, while the Cavaliers are ranked fourth.
This is the second year in a row the Cavaliers have faced the #1 team. Last season they opened with a 13-7 loss to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, but rebounded to defeat top-ranked Maryland 7-2 three weeks later at Kl?ckner Stadium.
Virginia has played a top-ranked Johns Hopkins team 12 times before, winning twice. The Cavaliers downed Hopkins 15-9 in 1992 the last time the Blue Jays sat atop the poll at game time.
Virginia is 10-17 all-time vs. the #1 team, including a 6-3 mark under Dom Starsia. The Cavaliers are 2-0 at Kl?ckner Stadium against the top-ranked team. (Wins over Maryland in the 1996 ACC Tournament and last season.)
A look at UVa’s games against the #1 team are shown below. Virginia wins are listed in bold, while NCAA playoff games are indicated.
Year #1 Opp. UVa rank Site Winner, score1973 Md. #3 Towson UVa, 10-91973 JHU #2 A JHU, 14-91974 Md. #2 A Md., 25-131975 JHU #4 A JHU, 10-9 (OT)1976 Md. #6 A Md., 24-15 (OT)1979 JHU #4 A JHU, 13-81979 JHU (NCAA) #5 A JHU, 16-71980 JHU #8 H UVa, 12-91981 JHU #4 A JHU, 15-131981 JHU (NCAA) #4 A JHU, 10-61983 JHU #4 A JHU, 12-61985 JHU #4 A JHU, 12-51985 JHU (NCAA) #4 A JHU, 11-81986 Md. #7 A UVa, 8-7 (OT)1987 Md. #6 H Md., 12-51989 JHU #9T A JHU, 12-31991 UNC #5 H UNC, 11-101992 JHU #10 H UVa, 15-91993 UNC #7 H UVa, 13-12 (OT)1994 Syra. (NCAA) #5 Md. UVa, 15-14 (OT)1995 Syra. #2T A UVa, 15-71996 Syra. #2 H UVa, 17-151996 Md. #3 H UVa, 13-91996 Prince. (NCAA) #3 Md. Princeton, 13-12 (OT)1997 Prince. #3 A Princeton, 14-13 (OT)2001 Syra. #3 A SU, 13-72001 Md. #7 H UVa, 7-2
Rankings Don’t Mean Much in This Game
One of the characteristics of the Virginia vs. Johns Hopkins series since the late 1980s is the inability to use rankings as a predictor of victory.
The higher ranked team has lost 10 of the last 15 regular season meetings dating back to 1987. From 1990-1995, the higher ranked squad lost each time.
Things have turned somewhat the last few of years as the higher ranked team has claimed victory in four of the last six regular season contests.