CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (2-0) hit the road for the first time in 2021 when they head to Baltimore on Saturday to face the Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds (1-0). Faceoff is set for 5 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex. UVA is ranked No. 3 in this week’s USILA coaches and Inside Lacrosse media polls. Loyola is ranked No. 11 in both polls.
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Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be televised live on ESPN+. Glenn Glark will call the play-by-play, while Chris Gunkel will provide analysis. ESPN+ can be viewed on the WatchESPN app, or by logging onto http://ESPN.com/watch for a subscription cost.
• Last time out against No. 12 Army, UVA had five players with 3+ points in the win, highlighted by Payton Cormier’s high of five points. Charlie Bertrand (1-2-3), Matt Moore (3-0-3), Ian Laviano (2-1-3) and Connor Shellenberger (1-2-3) also added three points in the win.
• Bertrand has at least one goal in all 60 game of his college career. His active goal streak and point streak are the longest in the nation among all DI players.
• UVA is No. 1 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (13.5), opponent clearing percentage (.579) and ground balls per game (51.50).
• Ian Laviano’s 1.5 caused turnovers per game is the most in the nation among attackmen.
• FO Petey LaSalla is No. 1 in the nation with 11.5 ground balls per game and No. 3 in faceoff winning percentage with a 79.5 percent success rate.
• Saturday marks the 25th all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and Greyhounds in a series that began in 1938. The series took a 23-year hiatus before being rekindled for the 2014 season. Saturday’s marks the fifth time in seven seasons these teams have met in Baltimore, which includes 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
• Virginia leads the all-time series, 16-8, including winning six of the last nine meetings dating back to 1991.
• UVA is 2-2 all-time at the Ridley Athletic Complex against Loyola. After winning in 2015 and 2017, UVA has lost two straight at the venue. The two loses came in back-to-back games, including the 2018 NCAA Tournament’s first round and the 2019 season opener.
• Loyola head coach Charley Toomey is in his 16th season at the helm of his alma mater. He led the Greyhounds to a 4-2 record in 2020 before the season was canceled due to COVID-19.
• Loyola is led by Kevin Lindley, who scored the game’s last three goals (including in overtime) to push Loyola past No. 20 Richmond, 8-7, last Sunday. Sam Shafer saved 10 shots on goal to pick up the goalie win against the Spiders.
No fans or spectators will be admitted into the Ridley Athletic Complex for the game.
UVA stays on the road to open ACC play at No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday, March 27. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m. inside the Carrier Dome. The contest will be broadcast live on the ACC Network.