No. 11 Virginia Welcomes No. 13 Penn to Klockner Stadium Saturday for Senior Day
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (8-5) dropped to the No. 11 spot in the USILA coaches poll and No. 10 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll this week after losing to Duke in the ACC Tournament. UVa returns to the friendly confines of Klöckner Stadium on Saturday, hosting the Pennsylvania Quakers (8-4) on Senior Day. Penn is ranked No. 13 in the USILA coaches poll and No. 15 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. The game is set to face off at 3 p.m. Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
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 Al Sadtler will provide the analysis. Also available through VirginiaSports.com is a live video stream.
The senior class will be recognized prior to the faceoff.
Saturday marks the fifth all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and the Quakers, and the first since 1998. The teams are tied 2-2 in a series that dates back to 1929, one that has never been contested outside of Charlottesville. UVa dropped the first two contests (1929 and 1931), before winning the past two (1997 and 1998), which both came under the watchful eye of Virginia head coach Dom Starsia.
Starsia brings 324 career victories into the contest, needing three more triumphs to pass Jack Emmer (326) for most victories by a head coach while at a NCAA Division I school.
ACC Player of the Year Steele Stanwick leads UVa with 44 points and 21 assists, while scoring 23 goals. Chris Bocklet is tops on the team with 31 goals and has 36 points. Bocklet enters the week with the nation’s longest active consecutive game goal streak, tallying at least one score in his last 31 contests. All-ACC pick Colin Briggs is next on the team with 22 goals. All-ACC honoree Chris LaPierre leads the team with 74 ground balls through the first 13 games, and through 11 games (65) bested UVa goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman’s 2010 team-best of 62 in 18 games.
Ghitelman has 45 career wins in the cage and is in a tie with Cornell’s Matt McMonagle (2004-07) for No. 5 all-time at the NCAA Division I level. Ghitelman is saving 51.7 percent of shots against him and registering a 10.39 goals against average this season.
Penn head coach Mike Murphy is in his second season as the head coach of the Quakers and he returns 19 letterwinners and eight starters off a 2010 team that went 5-8. Murphy served as an assistant on Starsia’s final Brown team in 1992 and his first five UVa teams from 1993-97. Al Kohart leads the Quakers with 22 goals, while Corey Winkoff has a team-best 25 assists and 32 points. Dan Savage and Rob Fitzpatrick round out Penn’s top scorers with 14 and 12 goals respectively. Brian Feeney is saving 48.8 percent of shots against him between the pipes and is posting a 7.28 goals against average.
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. 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.