No. 2 UVa hosts No. 18 Stony Brook in Men's Lacrosse on Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Cavaliers, ranked No. 2 this week in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and USILA coaches poll, host the Stony Brook Seawolves, ranked No. 18 in the USILA coaches poll, Saturday in UVa’s home opener at the University Hall Turf Field. Faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will also be broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA AM 1070 with John Freeman calling the action and Doug Tarring doing the color broadcast.
Virginia remained at No. 2 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll this week, while jumping one spot to No. 2 in the USILA coaches poll after an 11-8 victory at Drexel on Feb. 20, coinciding with Duke’s 11-7 setback with Notre Dame. The Cavaliers currently sit behind two-time reigning national champions Syracuse in both polls.
Sophomore Chris Bocklet led UVa with four goals and one assist in the Cavaliers’ most recent contest, a 15-7 triumph at Mount St. Mary’s, on Tuesday. Virginia was a perfect 18-of-18 on clear attempts on the afternoon, marking the first time the Cavaliers succeeded on every clear attempt in a game since they also went 18-of-18 against Massachusetts in the 2006 NCAA championship game, May 29, 2006.
On the season, Bocklet leads the way for the Cavaliers with six goals, three assists and nine points. Steele Stanwick, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, has notched four goals, four assists and eight points to help pace the UVa attack. Ken Clausen leads the team with 10 ground balls and has six of the team’s 12 caused turnovers.
Virginia returns home after starting the season with two games on the road, marking the first time that has happened since the 1999 campaign. Until this season, the Cavaliers haven’t opened a season winning their first two games while on the road since 1989.
The Cavaliers are 12-5 all-time under head coach Dom Starsia in home openers and will be playing their first game at the UHall Turf Field since the 2007 season opener against Drexel. UVa is 16-2 all-time when playing at the UHall Turf Field.
Stony Brook jumped into the USILA coaches poll this week after beating Siena, 21-14, on Feb. 20. Leading the way for the Seawolves is attackman Jordan McBride who tallied eight goals and two assists for 10 points against Siena. Kevin Crowley added four goals and five assists in the offensive barrage against the Saints.
Saturday’s contest marks the seventh all-time meeting between these two programs and it’s the fifth straight season the series has been played.
Attackman Garret Billings tied a school record with eight goals to lead Virginia to a 20-10 victory over Stony Brook in the last meeting, Feb. 21, 2009, in Stony Brook, N.Y. Billings tied the record set by Butch McCleary vs. Navy in 1958 and Doug Knight against Syracuse in 1996.
The victory last season moved UVa to 6-0 all-time against Stony Brook in a series that started in 1999. The Cavaliers defeated Stony Brook, 15-13, in the Seawolves’ last visit to Charlottesville in 2008, the closest contest in the series. In that game, UVa scored the game’s final two goals in an 11 second span to break a 13-13 tied. Garett Ince won the final faceoff and the Cavaliers maintained possession the rest of the way.
Virginia is in the middle of a three-game homestand. No. 1 Syracuse will come to Charlottesville on March 7. That game will be broadcast live on ESPN360 and delayed on ESPNU.
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