CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (8-2, 2-0 ACC) return to ACC play on Saturday, hosting the North Carolina Tar Heels (7-3, 1-0 ACC) at Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. UVA is ranked No. 4 in this week’s USILA coaches Inside Lacrosse/Maverick media polls. North Carolina is ranked No. 18 in the coaches poll and No. 19 in the media poll.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
There is a “Clear Bag” policy in place at Klöckner Stadium. Please click here to view Klöckner Stadium FAQs regarding bag and entry policies.
Due to the Alabama and Charlie Daniels Band concert at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday, the JPJ surface lot and garage must be vacated by 4 p.m. The University Hall parking lot will have to vacate by 5 p.m. Parking is also available at the Emmet/Ivy Garage without a vacate time.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra, which can be viewed on the WatchESPN app, or by logging onto ESPN3.com. Jason Patterson will call the play-by-play and Doug Tarring 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 provide the play-by-play. The radio broadcast can also be heard on SiriusXM ACC Radio channel 371.
• UVA owns its first seven-game winning streak since starting the 2012 season 8-0.
• A win over UNC on Saturday will clinch the No. 1 seed for UVA in the ACC Tournament.
• Dox Aitken is No. 3 all-time at UVA among midfielders in career goals with 91. He needs four goals to pass Brian Carroll (94) and Pete Eldredge (94), who share the program record for career goals by a midfielder.
• Michael Kraus has at least one point in all 42 career games he has appeared in. The active streak is currently No. 4 in the nation.
• Kraus has been on fire during UVA’s current seven-game winning streak. He boasts 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 total points.
• In 10 games this season, UVA is limiting its opponents to a 71.6 clearing percentage (143-of-202), which is 5.9 failed clears per game by UVA opponents.
• UVA has scored 136 goals through nine games this year and has assisted 84 of them. That means UVA has recorded an assist on 62 percent of its goals in 2019.
• Saturday marks the 83rd all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and Tar Heels, a series the Cavaliers own a 51-31 advantage in since 1938. The 51 wins over UNC are the most UVA has over any opponent in program history.
• UVA has faced the Tar Heels every year since 1964.
• After winning 19-of-21 meetings dating back to 1997, UVA dropped four straight against UNC until beating them 13-11 at the ACC Showcase Game in April 2014. UNC’s four-game winning streak was the longest in the series for the Tar Heels since winning four straight during the 1990-92 seasons.
• UVA took the 2018 meeting at Kenan Stadium, winning 15-12 in the rain. The ACC win snapped an 18-game losing streak in league play. Counting the 2018 win over UNC, UVA has won three of its last four games in ACC play.
• North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi is in his 11th season at UNC and is 7-3, winners of four of its last five games.
• UNC is coming off a stellar 10-8 win over Tobacco Road-rival Duke last time out.
• Timmy Kelly leads UNC with 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists.
• William Perry has a team-high 17 goals, while Andy Matthews has a team-best 14 assists.
• Nicky Solomon rounds out the top goal scorers with 13 goals.
• UNC has played three goalies through the year, most recently Caton Johnson, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Week. Johnson made 21 saves in his first collegiate start against Duke.
• Johnson in four career games is saving 72.7 percent of shots between the pipes and posting an 8.06 goals against average.
• Alex Bassil is saving 51.2 percent of shots against him and posting a 9.33 goals against average, while Jack Pezzulla is saving 42.4 percent of shots against him and posting a 10.68 goals against average.
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. Advanced tickets are $8 (reserved) and $5 (general admission). Tickets at the gate will be $10 (reserved) and $8 (general admission).
Virginia concludes ACC play on Sat., April 13 at No. 6 Duke. Faceoff is set for noon and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.