Top-Ranked UVa Hosts In-State Rival VMI on Monday Night
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 1 in the USILA coaches poll, the Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) return home on Monday to host the VMI Keydets (1-2) at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia also entered the weekend ranked No. 2 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. New rankings will be out midday on Monday. Faceoff for the in-state rivalry is slated for 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers own a 17-0 all-time record against the Keydets and 2011 is the sixth-straight season the two programs have met in a series that started in 1949. Virginia head coach Dom Starsia is 10-0 all-time against VMI. The Cavaliers’ average victory margin in the series is 17.6 goals.
Matt White had four goals and three assists to pace UVa to a 20-6 triumph in Charlottesville last season. Chris Bocklet added four goals and an assist, while Steele Stanwick assisted five goals to go with one score of his own.
Virginia returns home on the heels of an exciting 11-10 overtime win at No. 5 Stony Brook on Saturday. Stanwick led the way for the Cavaliers with five goals and two assists, including the game-winning score with 44 seconds left in overtime, capping the victory.
Goalie Adam Ghitelman made nine saves and picked up his 40th career win between the pipes for the Cavaliers in the Saturday win. The senior became the 17th player all-time in the country to amass 40 career wins in goal. The next victory for Ghitelman will help him pass Kip Turner for the UVa record for goalie wins. The Cold Spring, N.Y., native has a 40-6 career record in between the pipes for the Cavaliers.
Stanwick leads UVa with 16 total points, eight goals and eight assists. Bocklet has a team-best nine goals, while White has five goals on 83 percent shooting. Rhamel Bratton is next with four goals, while Shamel Bratton and Connor English round out the top scorers with three goals apiece in the young season.
VMI and first-year head coach Brian Anken brings a Keydets team into Klöckner Stadium with a 1-2 record with setbacks to Navy and Army, while winning the first college lacrosse game in the state of Georgia at Mercer.
Russell East and Bobby Davis lead VMI with four goals apiece and one assist for five total points. Kelly McMinn is saving .529 percent of shots, while posting a 11.15 goals against average inside the pipes.
Virginia goes on the road Friday, facing the team they share votes with for the top of the polls, No. 1/2 Syracuse. Faceoff is slated for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on WINA 1070 AM and televised live on ESPNU.
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.