No. 5 UVa Returns Home to Host Rutgers for a Saturday Evening Tussle
Feb. 20, 2014
| No. 5 Virginia vs. Rutgers
|Date/Time||Sat., Feb. 22, 2014 | 5 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium (8,000)|
|Multimedia||Gametracker | Cavaliers Live (Subscription Video Stream)|
|Game Notes||Full Virginia Game Notes|
|Additional Information||Tickets | Facebook | Instagram | 2014 Fact Book | Parking Map|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s lacrosse team returns home on Saturday evening as the Cavaliers (3-0) host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0). Faceoff is set for 5 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium. UVa is ranked No. 5 this week in the USILA coaches poll, tied with Denver, while the Cavaliers are ranked No. 7 in this week’s Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media poll. Rutgers is receiving votes in the media poll.
Because of Saturday’s Virginia home men’s basketball game against Notre Dame (Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.), fans attending Saturday’s Virginia men’s lacrosse game should be aware of traffic exiting the men’s basketball game. Fans attending the men’s lacrosse game will be able to park in open spaces in the University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena surface lots. Parking for the men’s lacrosse game will also be available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage. Please check out Saturday’s parking map.
Live stats of the game will be available at VirginiaSports.com. There will be a live video webcast available through Cavaliers Live at VirginiaSports.com for a subscription fee. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the analysis.
UVa and Rutgers are meeting for the ninth time in a series that began in 1950. The Cavaliers and Scarlet Knights met five times in the regular season between 1950 and 1967 with Rutgers holding a narrow 3-2 advantage in the series. In 1990 UVa hosted Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament and lost. The Cavaliers have won the last two, both of which were played under current head coach Dom Starsia. Saturday marks Rutgers’ first visit to UVa’s revered edifice, Klöckner Stadium. Rutgers’ 1999 trip to Charlottesville was played at the UHall Turf Field.
Sophomore attackman James Pannell leads UVa with 10 goals and 12 points. Senior attackman Mark Cockerton is next on the team with seven goals and 10 points. Junior faceoff specialist Mick Parks leads UVa with 19 ground balls. Freshman goalie Matt Barrett is saving 45.3 percent of shots against him between the pipes, while posting an 11.56 goals against average.
Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht is in his third season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights program, and returns 36 letterwinners and nine starters off last year’s 2-13 team. Scott Klimchak leads the Scarlet Knights with nine goals and 10 points. Christian Trasolini is second on the team with six goals and eight points. Joseph Nardella is near perfect from the faceoff X, winning 87.8 percent (36-of-41) of his draws, while picking up a team-best 23 ground balls. Goalie Kris Alleyne is saving 70.6 percent of shots against him between the pipes and is posting a 5.71 goals against average.
Virginia hits the road again on Tuesday for a mid-week matinee at Mount St. Mary’s. Faceoff is set for 4 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.