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May 9, 2003

Charlottesville, Va. –

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Game 14

NCAA Tournament First Round
#2 Virginia (11-2, second seed) vs. Mount St. Mary’s (10-7)
May 10, 2003 * 1 pm
Kl?ckner Stadium * Charlottesville, Va.

Game Info

The Records:
11-2/2-1 ACC
Mount St. Mary’s: 10-7/7-1 MAAC

The Rankings: (USILA/Inside Lacrosse)

Virginia: 2/2
Mount St. Mary’s : not ranked

The Series vs. Mount St. Mary’s:

Overall: first meeting

UVa in the NCAA Tournament:

Appearances: 27
Years as #2 Seed: 1972-95-97-2000-03
Overall: 27-24
Home: 11-5
First Round Record: 4-3
Current Streak: L1
Biggest UVa Win: 19, Notre Dame 1994 (23-4)
Biggest UVa Loss: 11, Cornell 1988 (17-6)
Most UVa Goals: 23 vs. Notre Dame ’94 1st; vs. Harvard ’96 QF
Fewest UVa Goals: 2 vs. North Carolina `84 QF
Most Opp. Goals: 20 by Syracuse `95 SF
Fewest Opp. Goals: 3 by Army `72 QF
UVa Goals: 589
Opp. Goals: 552
Starsia (UVa) in NCAAs: 13-9

The Series vs. the Mountaineers

This is the first meeting between the two schools. Mount St. Mary’s is Virginia’s only first-time opponent so far this season. The last time the Cavaliers played an opponent for the first time was Denver back in 2001 (a 15-5 win). Curiously, Denver is Virginia’s most recent opponent.

Mount St. Mary’s has been playing lacrosse since 1970 and has been a Division I program since 1989. The Mountaineers are one of nine lacrosse-playing members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (along with Canisius, Manhattan, Marist, Providence, St. Joseph’s, Siena, VMI and Wagner). Among MAAC members, VMI is the only school the Cavaliers have faced. Virginia is 12-0 all-time vs. the Keydets, but hasn’t played VMI since 1997.

No Common Opponents

Virginia and Mount St. Mary’s don’t have any common opponents this season. In fact you have to go back to last season to find the last time they played a common opponent-Maryland.

The Mountaineers played 15 different opponents this season and Virginia has only ever played six (Bucknell, Delaware, Loyola, Pennsylvania, UMBC, VMI). Virginia’s combined record against these six schools is 47-10.

Virginia in the NCAAs

This is Virginia’s 27th NCAA Tournament appearance. Only Johns Hopkins has been to the tournament (32 times) more than the Cavaliers. Maryland is third with 26 appearances.

Virginia has a 27-24 all-time playoff record and is fourth in tournament wins behind Johns Hopkins (47), Syracuse (42) and Maryland (32).

The Mount is one of five teams making its first tournament appearance.

Wahoos Make 11th Consecutive NCAA Appearance

This is Virginia’s 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the longest streak in school history.

Previously, Virginia made nine straight trips to the NCAAs under head coach Jim Adams from 1978-86.

Virginia’s 11-year run is the fourth-longest current streak in the nation. Schools with longer streaks are Johns Hopkins (32), Syracuse (21), and Princeton (14).

Cavaliers Earn NCAA Second Seed

Virginia is the second seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000 and the fifth time overall (1972-95-97-2000-03).

The Cavaliers have had pretty good success throughout the years living up to their second seed. They have advanced to the semifinals three previous times (1972-95-2000) and won the first NCAA title in the program’s history as the second seed in 1972.

11 Regular Season Wins

Virginia has won 11 games so far, its most going into the national playoffs in three years. In 2000 the Cavaliers had 12 wins going into the playoffs and finished with a 13-2 record. That season is also the most recent time the Cavaliers have won at least 12 games.

Overall the 11 wins are tied for eighth most in school history.

A win over Mount St. Mary’s would tie for the fourth-most wins in school history. The record is 13 wins (1994, `99, `00).

Playoffs Return to Charlottesville

With the expansion of the tournament field from 12 to 16 teams and a return to several schools getting home playoff games, this is the first time since 1995 Virginia has hosted an NCAA Tournament game. The Cavaliers defeated Brown 16-13 in the quarterfinals that season.

In 1993 and 1994 UVa hosted first round games-both wins over Notre Dame-at Kl?ckner Stadium.

Virginia has hosted many playoff games through the years. The Cavaliers were 8-5 at Scott Stadium and are undefeated in three games at Kl?ckner.

Green Grass of Kl?ckner Bodes Well

As the weather gets warmer and the grass greener, perhaps the Cavaliers will benefit from playing at Kl?ckner Stadium in the first round of the national playoffs.

Virginia is a combined 32-4 (.889) in April and May since moving to Kl?ckner in 1993. The Cavaliers have won 20 of the last 22 games in April and May at Kl?ckner since 1997.

The Cavaliers have a little bit of history on their side for this game. You have to go back more than a decade for the last time UVa has lost at home in April or May to a non-conference opponent. Towson’s 14-13 win at Scott Stadium on May 15, 1991 in the first round of the playoffs is the last time UVa lost at home to a non-conference team in April or May.

Close Calls in Playoffs

Virginia has given fans their money’s worth in the NCAA Tournament recently, although for followers of the Cavaliers that hasn’t necessarily been a good thing. UVa’s last five NCAA Tournament games have been decided by one goal each. In fact, the last time the Cavaliers won a playoff game by more than a goal occurred in the finals of the 1999 tournament when they won the title with a 12-10 win over Syracuse.

UVa’s run of five straight one-goal games is the longest in tournament history. Syracuse can tie the mark if the Orangemen and Dartmouth play a one-goal game in the first round.

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