No. 5 UVa Heads to the Carrier Dome Sunday to Clash With No. 2 Syracuse
Feb. 27, 2015
|No. 5 Virginia at No. 2 Syracuse
|Date/Time||Sun., March 1, 2015 | 12 p.m.|
|Location||Syracuse, N.Y. | Carrier Dome (49,262)|
|Television||ESPNU | WatchESPN|
|Game Notes||Full Virginia Game Notes|
|Additional Information||Tickets | Facebook | 2015 Fact Book | 2015 Statistics|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s lacrosse team heads north for the second time in a week as the Cavaliers (3-0) make the trek to the Carrier Dome to face the Syracuse Orange (3-0) on Sunday in both team’s ACC opener. Faceoff is set for noon. UVa is ranked No. 5 in both the USILA coaches and Cascade/Maverik media polls. Syracuse is No. 2 in the coaches poll and No. 3 in the media poll.
Live stats of the game will be available at VirginiaSports.com. ESPNU will televise the game live in HD with Eamon McAnaney bringing the play-by-play and Paul Carcaterra adding color analysis.
The Cavaliers and Orange are meeting for the 31st time in series history, but are playing each other for only the second time as part of ACC play. Virginia has won nine of the last 12 regular season meetings, but two of the three losses have come at the Carrier Dome (2011 and 2013). UVa owns the narrow 16-14 margin in the all-time series between two programs that recently won four combined NCAA titles between 2006-11.
The Orange came away with a 9-8 overtime win the last time these teams got together at the Carrier Dome in 2013. It marked the first time that neither team reached double figures in goals scored in series history. James Pannell scored seven goals to elevate the Cavaliers to a 17-12 win at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium in 2014, the last time these teams played each other.
Greg Coholan and Zed Williams are tied for the team lead with eight goals, while Williams leads all Cavaliers with 12 points. Ryan Lukacovic has six goals and 10 points, while Ryan Tucker rounds out the top scorers with four goals and four assists. Matt Barrett is saving 55 percent of shots in between the pipes and is posting a 9.19 goals against average.
Syracuse head coach John Desko is in his 17th year at Syracuse where the Orange have won five NCAA national championships under his direction. Dylan Donahue leads the Orange with 11 goals and 15 points. Randy Staats is second on the team with 13 points on six goals and seven assists. Kevin Rice has 12 points (six goals, six assists) and Hakeem Lecky has 10 points (five goals, five assists) to round out the top scorers for Syracuse. Bobby Wardell is saving 57.8 percent of shots against him and is posting a 7.42 goals against average.
UVa returns home on March 7 when the Cavaliers host the Cornell Big Red. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.