No. 7 UVa & No. 19 Johns Hopkins Toil Saturday for the Doyle Smith Cup
March 19, 2015
|No. 7 Virginia at No. 19 Johns Hopkins
|Date/Time||Sat., March 21, 2015 | 6 p.m.|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Homewood Field (8,500)|
|Television||ESPNU | WatchESPN|
|Game Notes||Full Virginia Game Notes|
|Additional Information||Tickets | Facebook | 2015 Fact Book | 2015 Statistics|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (5-2) heads to historic Homewood Field for a non-conference tilt with Johns Hopkins (3-4) in the battle for the Doyle Smith Cup. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m. UVa is ranked No. 7 in the USILA coaches poll and No. 8 in the Cascade/Maverik media polls. Johns Hopkins is ranked No. 19 in the coaches poll and No. 20 in the media poll.
Live stats of the game will be available at VirginiaSports.com. ESPNU will televise the game live in HD with Mark Dixon bringing the play-by-play and Ryan Flanagan adding color analysis. The game will be simulcast via a web stream on WatchESPN.
The game is the 10th annual battle for the Doyle Smith Cup, a spoil since 2006 that goes to the regular season winner in the series. Virginia and Johns Hopkins joined together to honor E. Doyle Smith, Jr., for his lifetime of contributions to the lacrosse programs at both schools and on the national level with the annual regular season winner laying claim to the cup. Smith served as team manager and statistician for Johns Hopkins under coach Bob Scott from 1963-68.
Smith enrolled at UVa to pursue a doctorate in the fall of 1968, and became the University’s first full-time assistant sports information director, a position he held for 31 years until his retirement in 1999, serving as the lacrosse team’s publicist for four head coaches: Buddy Beardmore, Glenn Thiel, Jim Adams and Dom Starsia. In 2000, he was elected to the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and is the only individual inducted who never played the game at some level.
Saturday marks the 69th straight season the Cavaliers and the Blue Jays have clashed in an all-time series that began in 1904. Johns Hopkins holds the all-time advantage with a 58-29-1 mark, however Virginia has won seven of the last 11 meetings, including a streak of six in a row before dropping three of the last four matchups. Virginia’s 88 all-time games against the Blue Jays is the most games the Cavaliers have played against any opponent in their history.
Greg Coholan leads UVa with 18 goals and is second on the team with 23 points. Ryan Lukacovic has a team-best 25 points on 13 goals and 12 assists. Zed Williams has 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists. Owen Van Arsdale rounds out the top scorers with 13 goals and 21 points. Matt Barrett is saving 54.2 percent of shots between the pipes and is posting an 11.68 goals against average.
JHU head coach Dave Pietrmala is in his 15th season with the Blue Jays and is coming off an 11-5 season in 2014. JHU beat UVa in the NCAA first round and later fell to the eventual national champions, Duke, in the NCAA quarterfinal round. Ryan Brown leads Johns Hopkins with 23 goals and 30 points. Well Stanwick has nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points. Shack Stanwick has 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points. Joel Tinney rounds out the top scorers with eight goals and three assists. Eric Schneider is saving 45.2 percent of shots between the pipes and is posting a 9.99 goals against average.
UVa returns to action on Tuesday, March 24 at VMI. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.