CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (16-3) and the Yale Bulldogs (15-3) meet on Monday in the final round of the 2019 NCAA Stadium at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. UVA is ranked No. 4 in the USILA coaches poll and No. 3 in the Inside Lacrosse/Maverick media poll. Yale is ranked No. 3 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the media poll.
UVA, champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference, is the No. 3 national seed and earned an at-large bid. The Cavaliers advanced to their 10th NCAA title game with a 13-12 double-overtime win against Duke in the semifinal round. Yale also earned an at-large bid and is the No. 5 national seed. The Bulldogs are the defending national champions and advanced to the finals for the second year in a row after defeating the No. 1 seed Penn State, 21-17.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. Anish Shroff will call the play-by-play, while Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra will provide analysis. Don Zimmerman will join the crew as the rules expert. 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. Luke Neer 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 in the final round for the first time since 2011.
• UVA’s 23rd trip to Championship Weekend ranks No. 4 all-time in NCAA history.
• UVA has 16 wins for the first time since winning 16 games in 2010.
• UVA is playing game No. 20, which is a program high for a season.
•UVA is No. 1 in the nation with 41.21 ground balls per game.
• UVA is No. 2 in the nation in clearing defense. UVA is limiting its opponents to a 71.5 percent clearing, which is 5.7 failed clears per game by UVA opponents.
• UVA has scored 269 goals through 19 games this year and has assisted 169 of them. That means UVA has recorded an assist on 62.8 percent of its goals in 2019.
• With 18 assists, Ryan Conrad is tied for No. 4 on UVA’s single-season assist ledger for midfielders.
• Dox Aitken set UVA’s single-season goals record by a midfielder with 42.
• Ian Laviano is only the fourth Cavalier to score at least 50 goals in a season. Laviano is No. 4 with 50 scores.
UVA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• UVA is 51-33 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
• UVA is 5-4 all-time in the final round of the NCAA Tournament.
• UVA is making its 39th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh as the No. 3 seed.
• UVA is 12-5 all-time as the tournament’s No. 3 seed, including winning the 1999 NCAA title.
• UVA is 1-0 against Yale in the NCAA Tournament, winning in 1988.
• Virginia is 9-2 against teams in the 2019 NCAA Tournament field.
• Monday marks the eighth all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and the Bulldogs. Yale leads the series with a narrow 4-3 margin.
• UVA and Yale last met in 1991 when the Cavaliers won 13-6 in a game played at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville. Perry Frazer led UVA with four goals and three assists for seven points. Kevin Pehlke added three goals and two assists, while Andy Kraus, the uncle of current Cavalier Michael Kraus, added three goals.
• Yale head coach Andy Shay has brought his Bulldogs back to the NCAA title game after winning the school’s first title in 2018.
• Jackson Morrill leads Yale with 93 points on a team-best 47 assists to go with his 46 goals.
• Matt Gaudet leads the team with 49 goals and has 51 points. Matt Brandau has 47 goals and 22 assists for 69 points, which ranks No. 2 on the team.
• TD Ierlan leads the nation in faceoffs winning percentage (75.8) and ground balls (282).
• Jack Starr is saving 45.7 percent of shots between the pipes and is posting an 11.43 goals against average.
• This game concludes the 2019 season.