No. 1 UVa Returns to Action on Tuesday Night Against Vermont
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (5-0) are ranked No. 1 this week in both the USILA coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse media polls after topping then-No. 3 Syracuse on Sunday afternoon. The turnaround is quick, as UVa hosts its final midweek contest Tuesday night when the Vermont Catamounts (0-3), out of the America East Conference, invade Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m. Live stats are available at VirginiaSports.com
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 are looking to start the season at 6-0. UVa has started four of the last five seasons with a 5-0 record. In 2008 UVa started 9-0, in 2009 they started 12-0 and in 2010 the Cavaliers posted an 11-0 record before suffering a loss.
Chris Bocklet is leading the team with 11 goals, while Steele Stanwick has team highs with 12 assists and 19 points. Colin Briggs rounds out the top scorers with 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points. Chris LaPierre has scoped up a team-best 24 ground balls and goalie Rob Fortunato is saving 63.7 percent of shots and posting a 6.90 goals against average inside the pipes.
Tuesday night marks the fifth-straight season the Cavaliers have hosted the Catamounts in a series where UVa holds the all-time 4-0 advantage. Former UVa All-American Ryan Curtis coaches Vermont. A four-year letterwinner under Virginia head coach Dom Starsia, Curtis won the Schmeisser Cup as the nation’s outstanding defenseman in 1999 when the Cavaliers won their first national championship in 27 years.
A.J. Masson leads Vermont with five points (1 goal, four assists). Geoff Worley and Connor McNamara are tops on the squad with three goals apiece. Andrew Muscara has a team-best 12 ground balls. David Barton is saving 49.2 percent of shots and posting an 11.78 goals against average inside the goal.
UVa is back action on Saturday in the Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic, hosted by Inside Lacrosse. The Cavaliers return to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, the site of UVa’s 2011 NCAA title run, to face the No. 3 Cornell Big Red. Faceoff for the game televised on ESPNU will be 1:30 pm.
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.