Men's Lacrosse Faces Maryland in National Semis
May 23, 2003
Baltimore, Md. –
NCAA Tournament Semifinals
#2 Virginia (13-2, second seed) vs. #3 Maryland (12-3, third seed)
May 24, 2003 * ~2:15 pm
M&T Bank Stadium * Baltimore, Md.
Virginia: 13-2/2-1 ACC
Maryland: 12-3/2-1 ACC
The Rankings: (USILA/Inside Lacrosse)
Maryland : 3/3
The Series vs. Maryland:
NCAA Tournament: 0-3
Current Streak: L1
Biggest UVa Win: 11, 1981 (23-12)
Biggest UM Win: 19, 1929 (22-3)
UVa Goals: 670
UM Goals: 808
Starsia (UVa) vs. UM: 11-7
UVa in the NCAA Tournament:
Years as #2 Seed: 1972-95-97-2000-03
Semifinal Record: 6-9
Current Streak: W2
Biggest UVa Win: 19, Notre Dame 1994 (23-4)
Biggest UVa Loss: 11, Cornell 1988 (17-6)
Most UVa Goals: 23 on two occasions
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: 620
Opp. Goals: 567
Starsia (UVa) in NCAAs: 15-9
The Series vs. the Terrapins
Maryland leads the all-time series with Virginia by a 40-30 margin. The rivalry between the two schools goes all the way back to 1926, the second year of the Virginia program. The teams have met at least once every season since 1950, making this the second-longest current series of any Virginia opponent (behind Johns Hopkins, 1948).
This is the seventh time in the last eight years the teams have met twice in a season (by virtue of the ACC or NCAA Tournaments). The teams have split the series three times during this span (`96, `97, `01). Virginia took both meetings in 1999 and 2000, while Maryland won both in 1998.
This is the fourth time the teams have met in the NCAA Tournament and the first since 1997. Maryland has won every previous meeting including a 10-9 quarterfinal win in College Park six years ago.
All three previous meetings have occurred in the quarterfinals. In addition to the 1997 match-up, Maryland also won in 1978 (15-10) and 1983 (13-4).
The teams also have a lively history of facing each other in the ACC Tournament. Overall they have met seven times in the tourney with UVa winning three times.
Maryland won the season’s first meeting 8-7 in Charlottesville on March 29. It was the Terps’ first regular season win since 1998. Overall Virginia has won six of the last eight meetings going back to 1999.
Throughout the early 1990s the series was characterized by many tight games, including one stretch from 1991-1997 where 10 of 11 games were decided by one or two goals.
The trend of tight games was interrupted between 1998-2001 when eight straight were decided by at least three goals, including six in a row that were all decided by four-or-more goals.
However, the last two games have resurrected the close game trend. Virginia won in College Park 11-10 last season, while as mentioned, Maryland won this year’s game 8-7 in Charlottesville. In both cases the losing team had a chance to tie the score in the waning seconds, but wasn’t able to get the needed goal to do so.
Maryland’s 40 wins over Virginia are the second-most wins by any school over the Cavaliers. Johns Hopkins has defeated UVa 52 times.
Meanwhile, Virginia’s 30 wins in the series make the Terps fourth on UVa’s list of most beaten opponents (UVa has defeated Duke 47 times, Washington & Lee 42 times and North Carolina 40 times).
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 29-24 all-time playoff record and is fourth in tournament wins behind Johns Hopkins (49), Syracuse (44) and Maryland (34).
Senior Class Makes Third Final Four Appearance
Virginia is appearing in the final four for the fourth time in the last five years and the seventh time under head coach Dom Starsia. It’s the second year in a row the Cavaliers have reached the national semifinals, the first time that’s happened since going three straight years from 1994-96.
Overall the Cavaliers have reached the final four 16 times-twice under Glenn Thiel (1972-73), seven times under Jim Adams (1979-80-81-82-85-86-88) and seven times under Starsia (1994-95-96-99-2000-02-03).
Virginia has played in the finals on six occasions (1972-80-86-94-96-99) and won the championship in 1972 and 1999.
11th Consecutive NCAA Appearance
This is Virginia’s 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the longest streak in school history.
Previously, the Cavaliers 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.
13 Wins Tie School Record
Virginia has won 13 games this spring for the fourth time in history, tying the school record for most wins in a season. The Cavaliers also won 13 games in back-to-back seasons in 1999-2000.
The 1994 squad was the first to win 13 games in a season.
The Cavaliers join Johns Hopkins and Massachusetts for the most wins in the nation this spring.