CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (5-1, 0-1 ACC) return to ACC play on Thursday night when they welcome the North Carolina Tar Heels (6-0, 0-0 ACC) to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. UVA is ranked No. 8 in this week’s USILA coaches and Inside Lacrosse media polls. UNC is No 1 in the coaches poll and No. 2 in the media poll.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be televised live on ACC Network. Chris Cotter will call the play-by-play, while Paul Carcaterra will provide analysis. ACC Network will also simulcast the broadcast on the WatchESPN app, or by logging onto ESPN.com/watch. 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.
• UVA is hosting the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time since 2011 (Syracuse). UVA last played the No. 1 team in the nation in a 2013 meeting for the ACC title at No. 1 UNC.
• Matt Moore needs five goals to become the 19th Cavalier in program history to reach 100 career goals.
• Charlie Bertrand has at least one goal in all 64 game of his college career. His active goal streak and point streak are the longest in the nation among all DI players. His 64 goal-scoring streak is a collegiate record spanning DI, DII and DIII lacrosse.
• UVA is No. 7 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (11.0), No. 2 in the nation in opponent clearing percentage (.683) and No. 1 in the nation in ground balls per game (46.76)
• FO Petey LaSalla is No. 14 in the nation with 7.67 ground balls per game and No. 22 in faceoff winning percentage with a 63.0 percent success rate.
• Payton Cormier leads UVA with 14 goals in just six games. He had 12 goals in UVA’s six games in 2020. Cormier also has at least a hat-trick in six of his 12 career games.
• Thursday marks the 85th all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and Tar Heels, a series the Cavaliers own a 53-31 advantage in since 1938. UVA faced the Tar Heels every year from 1964-2019 until the pandemic shutdown the 2020 season.
• 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.
• After losing seven of eight meetings with the Tar Heels, UVA has won the last three games with UNC. The last time UVA and UNC met was in the 2019 ACC Tournament, which also serves as the Tar Heels’ last loss. UNC is 13-0 since.
• Joe Breschi is in his 13th season at UNC and is coming off a 7-0 season in 2020 before the pandemic shutdown everything.
• Chris Gray leads UNC with 40 points on 24 goals and 16 assists. Nicky Solomon is next with 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points. Tanner Cook rounds out the top point scorers with 18 on 12 goals and six assists. William Perry and Cook are second on the team with 12 goals.
• Collin Krieg is saving 48.5 percent of shots between the pipes and posting a 9.87 goals against averge.
Due to health and safety considerations, in addition to the current guidelines for sports venues set by the Commonwealth of Virginia, attendance for UVA home lacrosse competitions will be limited to the family of student-athletes and coaching staff until further notice.
UVA returns to action on Sat., March 20 when Robert Morris comes to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ACCNX.