No. 7 UVa Travels to the City of Brotherly Love for Sunday Tilt at Drexel
Feb. 13, 2014
| No. 7 Virginia at Drexel
|Sun., Feb. 16, 2014 | 12 p.m.
|Philadelphia, Pa. | Vidas Field (1,500)
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s lacrosse team returns to action on Sunday afternoon as the Cavaliers (2-0) travel to Philadelphia to face Drexel in the Dragons’ season opener. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m. at Vidas Field.
Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
UVa looks to make it seven-straight wins against the Dragons after dropping its only contest in the series when the Cavaliers opened up 2007 with a setback against Drexel in Charlottesville. UVa owns preseason rankings of No. 7 in the USILA coaches poll and No. 8 in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media poll. Drexel is receiving votes in both polls. The next poll from both outlets will be released on Monday.
With a UVa and ACC record 249 career wins, head coach Dom Starsia will be going for win No. 250 on the same field and against the same opponent he registered win No. 200 in 2010.
The Cavaliers bring a 12-1 all-time record against the Dragons into Saturday’s contest, including a 6-0 mark in Philadelphia. UVa’s lone loss in the series was a season-opening setback to the Dragons on the University Hall Turf Field in 2007, a contest moved out of Klöckner Stadium due to weather.
Despite UVa’s dominant series record, all of the recent matchups against Drexel have been strongly contested beginning with Drexel’s surprising victory in Charlottesville to open the 2007 season. UVa used an overtime goal from Matt White 11 seconds into the extra period to secure a 13-12 win at Klöckner Stadium in the most recent meeting last season. Virginia broke a 5-5 second-half tie in Philadelphia in 2012 and edged out the Dragons for a 9-8 win. In 2011, during a 12-9 triumph in Charlottesville, UVa and Drexel were knotted at 8-8 heading into the final quarter. Virginia scored four goals in the fourth quarter and goalie Rob Fortunato made several clutch saves in the end to preserve the victory. Virginia rode three goals and five points from Steele Stanwick as the Cavaliers took home an 11-8 victory during UVa’s 2010 trip to Vidas Field.
UVa’s 20-5 win in 2002 was the first meeting with Drexel in more than 50 years. The first meeting of the two schools occurred in 1947, Virginia’s first season following World War II. The Cavaliers gained a 7-2 victory in Philadelphia. Barry Robertson was high man for UVa with four goals, while goalie Bob Catzen registered 12 saves.
Sophomore James Pannell leads the UVa offense with eight goals and 10 points. Senior Mark Cockerton has five goals and six points, while sophomore Greg Coholan rounds out the top scorers with three goals and six points. Freshman Matt Barrett is posting a 12.33 goals against average and saving 34.2 percent of shots against him.
Drexel head coach Brian Voelker is in his fifth season in charge of the Dragons, and returns 25
letterwinners and six starters off last year’s 11-4 team. Ben McIntosh is the Dragons’ top returning scorer with 56 total points, including leading the team with 38 goals. Ryan Belka (27 goals, 17 assists) and Frank Fusco (23 goals, 9 assists) also return.
The Cavaliers return to action on Feb. 22 when UVa welcomes Rutgers to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff against the Scarlet Knights is set for 5 p.m.
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.
Reserved seats for men’s home games are on sale for $10. Single-game general admission adult tickets for men’s home games are $8, while youth (18 and under), seniors (60 and over), and UVa faculty and staff tickets are $6 each. General admission tickets for groups of 20 or more are priced at $4.