No. 8 UVa Travels to College Park on Sunday to Face No. 4 Maryland
March 28, 2014
| No. 8/8 Virginia at No. 4/4 Maryland
|Date/Time||Sun., March 30, 2014 | 12 p.m.|
|Location||College Park, Md. | Byrd Stadium (54,000)|
|Multimedia||Gametracker | WatchESPN|
|Game Notes||Full Virginia Game Notes|
|Additional Information||Tickets | Facebook | Instagram | 2014 Fact Book | 2014 Season Stats|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s lacrosse team returns to ACC play on Sunday when the Cavaliers (8-2, 1-1 ACC) travel to College Park to face the Maryland Terrapins (7-1, 2-1 ACC). Faceoff is set for noon. UVa is ranked No. 8 in both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls. Maryland is ranked No. 4 in both the media and coaches poll.
ESPNU will televise the game live in HD with Eamon McAnaney bringing the play-by-play and Paul Carcaterra adding color analysis. The game will be simulcast via a web stream on WatchESPN. Live stats of the game will be available at VirginiaSports.com. There will be a live audio webcast for a subscription cost on VirginiaSports.com through Cavaliers Live. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the game analysis.
The 2014 season marks the 66th-straight season the Cavaliers and the Terrapins have clashed in a series that began in 1926. Maryland holds the all-time series advantage with a 46-44 mark. However, Virginia has won 12 of the last 15 meetings, including the 2011 NCAA title game, 9-7, at M&T Bank Stadium. Sunday will be the final ACC meeting between the Cavaliers and Terrapins as Maryland leaves for the Big Ten on July 1. Virginia’s 90 previous meetings against Maryland equal the most games the Cavaliers have played against an opponent in their history. The 87 all-time meetings with Johns Hopkins is the only series for UVa that is even close to the frequency of the Maryland series.
Mark Cockerton leads UVa with 32 goals, while James Pannell is No. 2 on the team with 29 goals. Cockerton is No. 2 in the nation in goals scored and Pannell is No. 3. Cockerton leads UVa with 43 points, which ranks No. 4 nationally. Ryan Tucker rounds out the top goal scorers with 16 scores, while Owen Van Arsdale has a team-best 22 assists and 29 points. Van Arsdale is also No. 4 nationally in assists. Mick Parks leads UVa with 39 ground balls, while Joseph Lisicky has caused 16 turnovers. Matt Barrett is saving 46.2 percent of shots between the pipes and is posting a 11.3 goals against average.
Maryland head coach John Tillman is in his fourth season after a successful three-year run at Harvard and returns 34 letterwinners and six starters off last season’s 10-4 NCAA Tournament team. Mike Chanenchuk leads Maryland with 22 goals and 31 overall points. Matt Rambo has 17 goals, while Jay Carlson and Connor Cannizzaro have scored 15 and 13 goals, respectively. Charlie Raffa is winning 61.5 percent of his faceoffs and owns a team-best 55 ground balls. Niko Amato is saving 57.8 percent of shots he is seeing between the pipes and posting a 7.10 goals against average.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday, April 5 when the Cavaliers continue ACC play at North Carolina. The game will be televised on ESPNU in HD. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m.