March 22, 2018
|No. 10 Virginia vs. No. 9 Johns Hopkins – #GoHoos|
|Date/Time||Sat., March 24, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium (8,000)|
|Television||ESPNU | WatchESPN|
|Radio||WINA 1070 AM | 98.9 FM|
|Game Notes||Virginia Game Notes|
|Additional Information||Tickets | Clear Bag Policy | 2018 Fact Book | 2018 Statistics ||
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s lacrosse team continues its three-game home stand when the Cavaliers (7-2) host the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (5-2) for a non-conference tilt in the battle for the Doyle Smith Cup. Faceoff at Klöckner Stadium is set for 11:30 a.m. UVA is ranked No. 10 in this week’s USILA coaches and Inside Lacrosse/Maverick media polls. The Blue Jays are No. 9 in both the coaches and media polls.
At halftime UVA will honor a pioneer in the sport of lacrosse, former head coach Jim “Ace” Adams. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will also get a free foam finger.
Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU in HD. Chris Cotter will call the play-by-play and Paul Carcaterra will provide analysis. There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM and 98.9 FM. Luke Neer will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the analysis.
Saturday marks the 72nd 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 60-31-1 mark, however Virginia has won nine of the last 15 meetings, including a streak of six in a row before dropping six of the last nine matchups. Virginia’s 92 all-time games against the Blue Jays equals the most games the Cavaliers have played against any opponent in their history.
Michael Kraus leads UVA with 23 goals, 17 assists and 40 points. He needs four points on Saturday to reach 100 for his career. If he does it Saturday, it will be his 25th career game, tying him with two other Cavaliers for the second-fastest Cavalier to the 100-career point plateau. Ian Laviano is second on the team with 21 goals. Laviano and Dox Aitken are tied for second on the squad with 26 points. Aitken has 19 goals. Matt Moore rounds out the top scorers with 10 goals and six assists. Justin Schwenk is No. 1 in the ACC and No. 11 nationally at the faceoff X, winning 63.2 percent of his draws. Schwenk also has a team-best 57 ground balls, which is also tops in the ACC. UVA has been splitting time between two goalies. Griffin Thompson is saving 50.6 percent of shots and has posted a 9.81 goals against average. Alex Rode is saving 53.2 percent of shots between the pipes and is posting a 10.70 goals against average.
Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala is in his 18th season with the Blue Jays and is coming off an 8-7 season in 2017 and a loss to Duke in the NCAA First Round. Shack Stanwick, youngest brother of former UVA All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy winner Steele Stanwick, leads Johns Hopkins with 16 assists and 28 points. Cole Williams leads the Blue Jays with 16 goals and is fourth on the team with 20 points. Joel Tinney is second on the team with 14 assists and has 23 points. Kyle Marr rounds out the top scorers with 14 goals and 23 points. Faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland is No. 6 in the nation with a 68.4 percent winning mark at the faceoff X. Brock Turnbaugh is saving 51.6 percent of shots between the pipes and is posting an 8.53 goals against average.
The game is the 13th 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, 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.
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.
Virginia returns to action on Sat., March 31 when in-state foe Richmond comes to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m. and will follow UVA’s women’s lacrosse game against Boston College, which has a noon start. The UVA and Richmond contest will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.