No. 1 UVa Hosts In-State Rival VMI in 2012 Home Opener
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 1 in the USILA coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse media polls, the Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) return home on Tuesday to host the VMI Keydets (0-2) at Klöckner Stadium. UVa has won four home openers in a row and is 14-5 all-time under Dom Starsia in home-opening games. Faceoff for the in-state rivalry is slated for 7 p.m.
Due to the performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday evening, parking for the men’s lacrosse game will be limited to the University Hall lot and the Emmet/Ivy Garage.
There will be a live audio and video webcast on VirginiaSports.com through Cavaliers Live. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the analysis.
The Cavaliers own an 18-0 all-time record against the Keydets and 2012 is the seventh-straight season the two programs have met in a series that started in 1949. Virginia head coach Dom Starsia is 11-0 all-time against VMI. The Cavaliers’ average victory margin in the series is 17.5 goals.
Chris Bocklet led the way with six goals and one assist in UVa’s 22-6 triumph in Charlottesville last season. Steele Stanwick added three goals and four assists and Mark Cockerton chipped in three goals and one assist of his own.
Virginia returns home on the heels of an exciting 9-8 victory at No. 20 Drexel on Saturday. Virginia took only 24 shots, the fewest in a UVa win during the Dom Starsia era. Owen Van Arsdale led the way with his first two collegiate goals and his first collegiate assist. Rob Emery’s goal off a Colin Briggs pass with 4:48 left in the game sealed the one-goal victory for the Cavaliers.
VMI and second-year head coach Brian Anken brings a 0-2 Keydets team into Klöckner Stadium with setbacks to Navy and Army.
Chris Kitchen leads VMI with five goals, while Mike Deblasio has three goals and two assists. Both Kitchen and Deblasio lead VMI with five points. Kelly McMinn is saving 56.9 percent of shots, while posting a 14.00 goals against average inside the pipes.
Virginia concludes the two-game home stand on Saturday, hosting the Stony Brook Seawolves. Faceoff is slated for noon, and the game will be broadcast on WINA 1070 AM and webcast live on ESPN3.
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 2012 are $50 (adult general admission) and $40 (youth, senior, faculty/staff general admission). Single-game tickets to lacrosse games are $8 (adult general admission), and $6 (youth, senior, faculty/staff general admission).
All reserved seats are sold out for the 2012 season.