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April 8, 2005

Charlottesville, Va. –

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Game 9
#3 Virginia vs. North Carolina
April 9, 2005 ** 1 pm
Klöckner Stadium ** Charlottesville, Va.

Starsia Needs One to Become All-Time Leader
In his 13th year at the helm of the Virginia program, head coach Dom Starsia has guided his Cavalier squads to many outstanding achievements, including two national championships.

With the team off to a 7-1 start this season, Starsia is now tied with Jim “Ace” Adams as the winningest coach in school history with 137 victories.

Starsia will become UVa’s all-time wins leader with his next win, perhaps Saturday vs. North Carolina. Starsia has a 137-51 (.729) record at UVa.

Curiously, Adams passed Glenn Thiel as Virginia’s career wins leader with his 64th win following a 12-11 overtime win over North Carolina in 1984.

Adams compiled a 137-60 (.695) record at Virginia from 1978-92.

In addition to nearing the school record for most wins, Starsia is moving up the list of winningest Division I coaches all-time. He and Bucknell’s Sid Jamieson are battling on a game-by-game basis for 10th on the all-time list. Jamieson, who will retire after this season, is currently 10th with 239 wins, one ahead of Starsia.

Starsia is also one of three coaches to win 100+ games at two different schools. In addition to his 137 UVa wins, he won 101 games at Brown from 1983-92. Jack Emmer won 100+ games at both Washington & Lee and Army, while Dave Urick topped the century mark at Hobart and Georgetown. It’s interesting to note all three coaches are active.

The list of the winningest all-time Division I coaches is below.

  Coach, school(s), years                            Wins
1. Jack Emmer, Cortland, W&L, Army, 1970-pres. 323
2. Dick Garber, UMass, 1955-90 300
3. Roy Simmons, Jr., Syracuse, 1971-98 290
4. Jim Adams, Army, Penn, UVa, 1958-92 287
5. Dick Edell, Baltimore, Army, Maryland, 1973-2001 282
6. Glenn Thiel, UVa, Penn State, 1970-pres. 262
Carl Runk, Towson, 1969-97 262
8. Richie Moran, Cornell, 1969-97 257
9. Roy Simmons, Sr., Syracuse, 1931-70 252
10. Sid Jamieson, Bucknell, 1968-pres. 239
11. Dom Starsia, Brown, UVa, 1983-pres. 238

The Series vs. the Tar Heels
Virginia leads the all-time series with North Carolina by a 41-24 margin. The Cavaliers’ 41 wins make the Tar Heels third on UVa’s list of most beaten opponents (UVa has defeated Duke 48 times and Washington & Lee 42 times). The series goes all the way back to two meetings in 1938 (when the teams split the contests). After a brief hiatus in the series in the `50s and `60s, the teams have met every season since 1964.

The Cavaliers have had remarkable success against North Carolina in Charlottesville, winning 19 times and losing 12. Curiously, Virginia has had even better success in Chapel Hill with a 19-10 record.

The teams split the two meetings last season. North Carolina captured an 11-9 win in a regular season meeting in Chapel Hill, but the Cavaliers reversed the outcome with a win by the very same score in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament (also played at UNC).

Overall Virginia has won 11 of the last 13 games dating back to 1997. The Tar Heels’ two wins in this span were both by two goals (7-5 in 2001 and 11-9 last year). Interestingly, North Carolina’s last four wins over UVa have been by either one or two goals; the Tar Heels haven’t won by more than two goals since a 15-7 win in the 1994 ACC Tournament.

The teams have locked up in several nailbiters recently, including the last four games that went down to the wire. Seven of the last eight meetings going back to UVa’s 17-16 double overtime victory in the 2000 ACC Tournament have been decided by three goals or less.

Experienced Offensive Players in Action Saturday
Saturday’s game features many of the top offensive players in the country, including Virginia attackmen John Christmas and Matt Ward, as well as Tar Heel attackmen Mike McCall and Jed Prossner, and midfielder Bryant Will among others.

Below is a list of the leading active ACC players, including ones playing Saturday who are listed in bold. This list does not include Maryland’s game vs. Navy Friday night.

Goals1. Jed Prossner, UNC, sr.    105
2. Joe Walters, Md., jr. 98
3. Mike McCall, UNC, sr. 88
4. John Christmas, UVa, sr. 87
5. Matt Ward, UVa, jr. 83

assists1. Bryant Will, UNC, sr. 54
2. Jed Prossner, UNC, sr. 49
3. Joe Yevoli, UVa, redshirting 48
4. John Christmas, UVa, sr. 46
Ryan Blair, UNC, jr. 46

points1. Jed Prossner, UNC, sr. 154
2. Joe Walters, Md., jr. 142
3. John Christmas, UVa, sr. 133
4. Joe Yevoli, UVa, redshirting 130
5. Matt Ward, UVa, jr. 123
Mike McCall, UNC, sr. 123

Christmas Named ACC Player of the Week
Attackman John Christmas was named the ACC Player of the Week for his play in the Cavaliers’ 10-2 win over Maryland last Saturday.

Christmas paced the Cavalier offense with two goals and two assists for a season-high four points. By having a hand in four goals, his play was more than enough to defeat the fourth-ranked Terrapins. The effort was also the first time in two years he multi-goals and multi-assists in the same game.

He opened the scoring after only 64 seconds elapsed on a nifty move from behind for UVa’s first first quarter goal in three games. He also scored late in the fourth quarter.

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