November 10, 2006
Virginia (10-7-2) vs. West Virginia (14-3-3)
NCAA 1st Round Game
The Cavaliers open play in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with a first round matchup with West Virginia Friday night at Spry Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest. Virginia is making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 13th consecutive appearance. The game against the Mountaineers is a rematch of a regular season matchup in Morgantown, which ended in a 1-1 tie.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS
Virginia enters the game with a 10-7-2 record, 5-4-1 in the ACC, following a 2-1 loss to Wake Forest in the ACC quarterfinals. Jess Rostedt leads the Cavaliers in scoring with eight goals and three assists for 19 points this season. Christina de Vries has a 0.80 goals against average, while posting six shutouts in net this season.
ABOUT THE MOUNTAINEERS
West Virginia enters the game with a 14-3-3 record, after reaching the semifinals of the Big East Tournament last weekend. Deana Everrett leads the Mountaineers in scoring with 18 goals, which ranks fourth nationally. Lana Bannerman has a 0.53 goals against average, while posting 12 shutouts this season.
VIRGINIA-WEST VIRGINIA SERIES
Friday’s game is the eighth all-time meeting between the schools with Virginia holding a 5-1-1 edge in the series. The teams played to a 1-1 tie earlier this season, when they met on September 17 in Morgantown. That tie snapped a four-game Virginia win streak in the series, with all four wins coming by a 1-0 score. The teams have met once before in the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, the Cavaliers defeated the Mountaineers 1-0 in a second round game in Morgantown.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Cavaliers are making their 19th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance, and their 13th consecutive appearance. Only North Carolina, Connecticut, Notre Dame, and Santa Clara have longer streaks of consecutive NCAA appearances than Virginia. The Cavaliers have an all-time NCAA record of 13-16-3. During the Steve Swanson era, Virginia’s NCAA record is 10-5-2.
THE DIFFICULT ROAD
Not only do the Cavaliers open the NCAA Tournament with a game against a top-ten opponent in West Virginia, they could possibly meet a top-ten opponent in every round of this year’s tournament. If the seeds hold and the Cavaliers keep winning, each game would be played against a team ranked in the top ten of one of the four major polls (West Virginia, Wake Forest, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Texas, Notre Dame).