No. 8 UVA Hosts No. 14 Loyola in 2016 Season Opener
Feb. 12, 2016
|No. 8 Virginia vs. No. 14 Loyola (Md.)
|Date/Time||Sat., Feb. 13, 2015 | 1 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | KlÃ¶ckner Stadium (8,000)|
|Radio||WINA 1070 AM|
|Multimedia||| Cavaliers Live (Subscription Video Stream)|
|Game Notes||Virginia Game Notes | Loyola Game Notes|
|Additional Information||Tickets | Facebook | 2016 Fact Book | 2015 Statistics|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Men’s Lacrosse team, ranked No. 8 in this week’s USILA coaches poll and No. 7 in this week’s Cascade/Maverik media poll, opens the 2016 campaign on Saturday at home against Loyola, ranked No. 14 in the coaches poll and No. 11 in the media poll. The game will be contested at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium with faceoff slated for 1 p.m.
Live stats will be available at VirginiaSport.com. There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM and it will be simulcast as a video webcast available through the Cavaliers Live subscription package at VirginiaSports.com. Luke Neer will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the analysis.
Saturday marks the 19th all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and Greyhounds in a series that began in 1938. The series took a 23-year hiatus before being rekindled for the 2014 season. Saturday marks the second time in three seasons these teams have met at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium
The last time UVA and Loyola met in Charlottesville was when the rekindled series started the 2014 season off with a bang as the Cavaliers escaped with a 14-13 overtime win at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium. UVA was cruising with a 12-4 lead through three quarters. The fourth quarter started with UVA’s Greg Danseglio serving a one-minute slashing penalty, which helped jump-start a nine-goal run by Loyola. The Greyhounds took a 13-12 lead with 18 seconds remaining in regulation when Tyler Albrecht capped the run. UVA’s Mick Parks won the ensuing faceoff and James Pannell found Ryan Tucker, who scored with one-tenth of a second to force overtime. Parks won the overtime faceoff and Pannell tallied the game-winning goal with 2:16 left in the overtime period in the instant classic.
The Cavaliers are 49-32-1 (.603) all-time in season openers, including a mark of 28-16-1 (.633) when opening up the season at home. Saturday’s game will mark the 11th time in the last 16 seasons the Cavaliers have opened at home.
Virginia enters 2016 after finishing with a 10-5 record with an appearance in the 2015 NCAA Tournament’s first round, falling to Johns Hopkins at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium.
With 32 returning lettermen, including six starters, Dom Starsia’s squad is ranked in four preseason polls between No. 7-9. Lacrosse Magazine has UVA at No. 9, while Inside Lacrosse‘s Face-Off Yearbook places the Cavaliers at No. 7. The media poll has UVA at No. 7, while the coaches poll has the Cavaliers at No. 8.
UVA returns to action on Feb. 20 when the Cavaliers travel to the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ to face the Drexel Dragons. Faceoff is set for 1 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.