No. 6 UVa Heads North Saturday Afternoon to Face Rutgers
Feb. 19, 2015
|No. 6 Virginia at Rutgers
|Date/Time||Sat., Feb. 21, 2015 | 12 p.m.|
|Location||Piscataway, N.J. | High Point Solutions Stadium (54,454)|
|Multimedia||| Big Ten Network Plus (Subscription Video Stream)|
|Game Notes||Full Virginia Game Notes|
|Additional Information||Tickets | Facebook | 2015 Fact Book | 2015 Statistics|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (2-0) heads north on Saturday to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-1) at High Point Solutions Stadium. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m. UVa is ranked No. 6 in the USILA coaches poll and the No. 5 in the Cascade/Maverik media poll.
Live stats of the game will be available at VirginiaSports.com. There will be a live video webcast available through the Big Ten Network Plus for a subscription fee. Danny Breslauer will bring the play-by-play and Rick Mercurio will provide the analysis.
UVa and Rutgers are meeting for the 10th 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 three, all of which were played under current head coach Dom Starsia and own the all-time series lead, 5-4. Saturday marks Virginia’s first visit to High Point Solutions Stadium since Championship Weekend in 2002 when the Cavaliers lost to Syracuse in the NCAA semifinal round in overtime, 12-11.
Sophomore Ryan Lukacovic leads UVa with eight points (four goals, four assists), while junior Greg Coholan has a team-high five goals. Coholan and sophomore Zed Williams (four goals, three assists) each are tied for second on the team with seven points. Senior Ryan Tucker rounds out the top scorers with six points on three goals and three assists. Sophomore Matt Barrett is posting a 11.00 goals against average and saving 48.8 percent of shots against him in between the pipes.
Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht is in his fourth season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights program, and returns 32 letterwinners and five starters off last year’s 8-8 team. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 15-7 setback at Richmond after opening the season with a 10-8 win at St. John’s. Christian Trasolini leads Rutgers with four goals and five points. Scott Bieda and Jeff George round out the top scorers with three goals apiece. Kris Alleyne is recording a 12.57 goals against average and saving 47.6 percent of shots against him in the cage.
The Cavaliers return to action on Sun., March 1 when they open up ACC play at No. 2 Syracuse. Faceoff is set for noon and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.