No. 1 UVa and No. 5 Stony Brook Are Set to Clash Saturday on Long Island
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia hits the road for its first road contest of the season as the No. 1 team in the USILA coaches poll and No. 2 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. The Cavaliers (2-0) head to Long Island on Saturday to face the Stony Brook Seawolves (0-0), who are ranked No. 5 in the coaches poll and No. 6 in the media poll. The Cavaliers and Seawolves are set to clash inside LaValle Stadium. Faceoff is slated for noon. Virginia, who went undefeated in road games in 2010, is looking to win its seventh-straight road opener on Saturday. UVa lost its first true road game of 2004 at Denver.
Saturday’s contest with Stony Brook is the ninth all-time meeting. Virginia holds an 8-0 advantage in the all-time series, including a 10-9 triumph in the 2010 NCAA quarterfinal round at LaValle Stadium in the last meeting of the series. Chris Bocklet had three goals and two assists in the victory to lead Virginia.
The Cavaliers enter the contest with the Seawolves on the heels of a 22-6 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday afternoon. Bocklet, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week, scored four goals in the win. Bocklet has now scored at least three goals in six-straight games dating back to last season’s home contest with Robert Morris on May 1. During the streak Bocklet has scored 24 goals and six assists for 30 points.
Goalie Adam Ghitelman made nine saves and picked up his 39th career win between the pipes for the Cavaliers in Tuesday’s win. The nine saves give Ghitelman 417 for his career, moving him to 10th all-time in the UVa annals. The senior is one victory away from becoming the 17th player all-time in the country to amass 40 career wins in goal. The next victory for Ghitelman will tie him for the UVa record with Kip Turner and the Long Island native will be afforded the opportunity to attempt the feat in front of hometown crowd from nearby Cold Spring, N.Y.
Bocklet leads all Cavaliers with eight goals, while Stanwick has a team-best six assists – both leading the team with nine total points. Rhamel Bratton and Matt White each have four goals, while Shamel Bratton and Connor English round out the top scorers with three goals apiece in the young season.
Stony Brook head coach Rick Sowell is in his fifth season at the helm of Stony Brook as the Seawolves open up their 2011 campaign against UVa on Saturday. The Seawolves won the America East title for the second time in program history in 2010 and made Stony Brook’s second all-time NCAA appearance. Stony Brook returns six starters and 22 letterwinners off of a 2010 squad that went 13-4, with two of those losses coming at the hands of the Cavaliers.
Returning for Stony Brook is its starting attack and midfield, two units that combined to tally 189 goals and 101 assists. The Seawolves’ four preseason All-Americans, senior Jordan McBride, senior Tom Compitello and senior Adam Rand are part of an offense that ranked fourth in the country with more than 13 goals per game in 2010.
Virginia returns home on Monday to host VMI inside Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Tickets for Virginia home lacrosse games can be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com, by phone at (800) 542-8821 or in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Virginia lacrosse season tickets for 2011 are $30 (adult general admission) and $20 (youth, senior, faculty/staff general admission). Single-game tickets to lacrosse games are $7 (adult general admission), and $5 (youth, senior, faculty/staff general admission).
All reserved seats are sold out for the 2011 season.