No. 6 UVa Opens ACC Slate Against No. 10 Maryland in Scott Stadium on Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (7-2, 0-0 ACC) are ranked No. 6 this week in the USILA coaches and No. 4 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media polls after the recent setback against Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, 12-11, this past Saturday. UVa is set to host the No. 10 Maryland Terrapins (6-2, 0-2) in the Cavaliers’ ACC opener on Saturday. The game will be contested inside Scott Stadium, marking the first time since 1995 the men’s lacrosse program has played inside its former home venue. Faceoff is slated for noon.
There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM, which will be simulcast as an audio webcast on VirginiaSports.com through Virginia Sports Online Radio. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the analysis. ESPNU will televise the game live with Rob Simmelkjaer calling the play-by-play and Paul Carcaterra providing analysis. There will be a live simulcast of the game on ESPN3.com.
The Orange-Blue spring football game will start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the lacrosse game and that event will be also be streamed lived on ESPN3.com. John Sadak will provide play-by-play and Danny Kanell will bring the color analysis.
Scott Stadium for years served as the home to the UVa men’s lacrosse program, but with the building of Klöckner Stadium in 1993. The Cavaliers only returned to the football edifice to play on the artificial turf when inclement weather deemed Klöckner unplayable. Saturday’s game marks the first time the men’s lacrosse program has played inside Soctt Stadium since beating Penn State, 20-12, on March 8, 1995. Following the game the artificial turf was torn up and grass was layed in time for the 1995 football campaign.
2011 marks the 63rd straight-season the Cavaliers and the Terripans have clashed in a series that began in 1926. Maryland holds the all-time advantage with a 44-41 mark, however Virginia has won nine of the last 10 meetings, including the ACC title game, 10-6, last season at Byrd Stadium. Virginia’s current five-game winning streak is the longest by either team in the series since Maryland won 10 in a row during the 1950s.
Maryland returns to Charlottesville for the first time since the historic seven-overtime game at Klöckner Stadium in 2009. Virginia won 10-9 for what still stands as the NCAA DI record for the longest lacrosse game after Brian Carroll scored 1:00 minute into the seventh overtime. Just this past Saturday Queens University of Charlotte topped Feiffer with 18 seconds left in the seventh overtime, as the game finished up to be 2:38 longer than UVa and Maryland affair, snatching the current collegiate record, spanning all divisions.
Steele Stanwick is leading the way for the Cavaliers, ranking No. 4 in the nation in both assists and points. The junior has 39 total points, with 20 goals and 19 assists. Chris Bocklet has a team-best 23 goals, helping to pace UVa. Adam Ghitelman, currently is tied for No. 6 all-time in NCAA history with 44 career goalie wins and is saving 55.9 percent of shots and holds a 8.86 goals against average.
Maryland head coach John Tillman is in his first season after a successful three-year run at Harvard and inherits a program that returns 32 letterwinners and nine starters off last year’s 12-4 squad which lost in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Terrapins only have two setbacks, both coming in their other two ACC contests.
Grant Catalino is the top scorer for Maryland, leading the team with 18 goals and 25 total points. Ryan Young has the team lead with 11 assists, while Joe Cummings has chipped in 15 goals for the Terrapins. Niko Amato currently is No. 6 in the nation with a 6.27 goals against average, while ranking No. 10 in the nation while saving 60 percent of shots on him in the cage.
Tickets for the men’s lacrosse game will be $7 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff for General Admission seating. General Admission seating will be available on the east and west sides of the stadium in the lower level. Men’s lacrosse and all-Lacrosse Reserved Seat season ticket holders will be assigned Reserved Seating in section 125 at Scott Stadium. Tickets 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.
Admission to the Orange-Blue spring football game is free at the conclusion of the lacrosse game.
Scott Stadium’s East, West and South lots and the North D lot off Alderman Road will be available for free parking starting at 8 a.m. Free public parking will also be available in the Emmet / Ivy Parking Garage and University Hall parking lots. Hourly rates will apply at the Central Grounds Garage. Scott Stadium’s gates will open at 11 a.m.