CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (12-3) hosts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-5) on Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium for 2019 ACC title. Faceoff is set for 2 p.m. UVA is ranked No. 5 in this week’s USILA coaches poll and No. 4 in the Inside Lacrosse/Maverick media poll. Notre Dame is ranked No. 9 in the coaches poll and No. 8 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.
Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena parking lots. Parking is also available at the Emmet/Ivy Garage.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be televised live on ESPNU. Anish Shroff will call the play-by-play, while Matt Ward will provide analysis and Meghan Triplett will be on the sidelines. ESPN will also simulcast the broadcast on the WatchESPN app, or by logging onto ESPN3.com.There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM and 98.9 FM. Zealand Shannon will provide the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will add analysis. The radio broadcast can also be heard on SiriusXM ACC Radio channel 371.
• UVA is gunning for its 18th ACC title and seventh ACC Tournament championship.
• Dox Aitken became the 17th Cavalier all-time with 100 career goals after scoring two last time out at North Carolina.
• Aitken also broke Shamel Bratton’s (129) program record for career points by a midfielder. Aitken’s program record now sits at 130.
• Michael Kraus has at least one point in all 44 career games he has appeared in. The active streak is currently No. 6 in the nation.
• UVA is No. 1 in the nation with 42.40 ground balls per game.
• UVA is No. 1 in the nation in clearing defense. UVA is limiting its opponents to a 70 percent clearing, which is 6.0 failed clears per game by UVA opponents.
• UVA has scored 214 goals through 15 games this year and has assisted 131 of them. That means UVA has recorded an assist on 61.2 percent of its goals in 2019.
UVA IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
• UVA is 22-20 all-time in the ACC Championship and 6-10 all-time in the final round.
• Virginia is 11-5 all-time as the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
• With the addition of Syracuse and Notre Dame to the league in 2014, UVA played in the now defunct “Showcase Game” four times between 2014-17.
• This is the 15th all-time meeting between UVA and Notre Dame and the second-straight year for the ACC title.
• Notre Dame leads the all-time series with UVA, 8-6, and have won seven of the last eight meetings.
• Saturday is a rematch of the 2018 ACC Championship game, which the Irish won at Klöckner Stadium, 17-7.
• Four of the first seven meetings in the series came in the NCAA Tournament (1993, 1994, 2006, 2012).
• UVA snapped a seven-game losing streak to Notre Dame on March 16 by two goals, 13-11.
• Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan, a UVA alum, is in his 31st season with the Fighting Irish after spending two seasons as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers under former head coaching legend Jim Adams. Corrigan played on three Cavalier squads that made the NCAA Tournament from 1979-81.
• Notre Dame is coming off back-to-back wins over North Carolina and Duke.
• Bryan Costabile leads Notre Dame with 36 goals and 39 points. Brendan Gleason is second on the team with 23 goals and 35 points. Wheaton Jackoboice leads the team with 13 assists. Connor Morin is third on the team with 32 points, while Brian Willetts rounds out the top scorers with 23 goals and 31 points.
• Matt Schmidt is saving 49.1 percent of shots between the pipes and is posting an 9.90 goals against average.
Tickets for Saturday’s ACC Championship game 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). Students of a participating school will be admitted free of charge with the presentation of a valid student ID.
UVA will await its NCAA Tournament fate. The NCAA Selection Show is set for 9 p.m. on Sun., May 5 and will be broadcast on ESPNU.