Virginia Hosts No. 8 Johns Hopkins in Quest for the Doyle Smith Cup
March 24, 2016
|Virginia vs. No. 7/8 Johns Hopkins â€¢ #UVAMLAX #GoHoos
|Date/Time||Sun., March 27, 2016 | 1 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | KlÃ¶ckner Stadium (8,000)|
|Television||ESPNU | WatchESPN|
|Multimedia||| Cavaliers Live (Subscription Audio Stream)|
|Game Notes||Virginia Game Notes|
|Additional Information||Tickets | 2016 Fact Book | 2016 Statistics|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s lacrosse team returns home to KlÃ¶ckner Stadium Sunday when the Cavaliers (3-5) host Johns Hopkins (4-2) for a non-conference tilt in the battle for the Doyle Smith Cup. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.
UVA is receiving votes in both the USILA coaches and Cascade/Maverik media polls. Johns Hopkins is ranked No. 7 in the media poll and No. 8 in the coaches poll.
Live stats of the game will be available at VirginiaSports.com. There will be a live audio webcast through the Cavaliers Live subscription package at VirginiaSports.com. Luke Neer will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the analysis. ESPNU will televise the game live in HD with Mike Corey bringing the play-by-play and Ryan Boyle adding color analysis. The game will be simulcast via WatchESPN.
The game is the 11th 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.
Sunday marks the 70th 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 59-30-1 mark, however Virginia has won eight of the last 13 meetings, including a streak of six in a row before dropping five of the last seven matchups. Virginia’s 90 all-time games against the Blue Jays equals the most games the Cavaliers have played against any opponent in their history.
James Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.) leads UVA with 14 goals and 22 points. Zed Williams (Irving, N.Y.) is tied for the team lead with 14 goals as well. Ryan Lukacovic (Syosset, N.Y.) and Mike D’Amario (Niskayuna, N.Y.) round out the top goal-scorers for UVA with 11 and 10 goals, respectively. Greg Coholan (Rochester, N.Y.) leads UVA with nine assists. Jason Murphy (Vienna, Va.) is winning 64.1 percent (75-of-117) of his draws at the faceoff X. Michael Howard (Richmond, Va.) has a team-best 35 ground balls. Matt Barrett (Glenmoore, Pa.) is saving 45.8 percent of his shots between the pipes and posting a 10.39 goals against average.
JHU head coach Dave Pietrmala is in his 16th season with the Blue Jays and is coming off an 11-7 season in 2015. JHU beat UVA in the NCAA first round and later fell to Maryland, 12-11, in the NCAA semifinal round. Shack Stanwick leads Johns Hopkins with 28 points and 19 assists. Ryan Brown is tops on the team with 16 goals and second with 23 points. Brock Turnbaugh is saving 52.1 percent of the shots he has seen between the pipes and is posting a 9.60 goals against average.
Youth are invited to participate in an egg hunt after the game. The egg hunt will take place on Upper Grass, the practice field inside KlÃ¶ckner Stadium.
UVA next hosts VMI on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 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.