CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (6-2, 0-2 ACC) return to ACC play on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Indiana to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0, 0-0) at Arlotta Stadium. Faceoff is set for noon. UVA is ranked No. 9 in this week’s USILA coaches and Inside Lacrosse media polls. Notre Dame is No 6 in both the coaches and media polls.
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 Paul Carcaterra will provide analysis. ESPNU 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.
• Matt Moore needs two goals to become the 19th Cavalier in program history to reach 100 career goals.
• UVA is No. 15 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (9.25), No. 2 in the nation in opponent clearing percentage (.726) and No. 1 in the nation in ground balls per game (45.00)
• FO Petey LaSalla is No. 8 in the nation with 7.88 ground balls per game and No. 10 in faceoff winning percentage with a 66.7 percent success rate.
• Payton Cormier leads UVA with 22 goals in just eight games. He had 12 goals in UVA’s six games in 2020. Cormier also has at least a hat-trick in eight of his 14 career games. Cormier is tied for No. 7 in the nation with 22 goals.
• Connor Shellenberger leads the nation’s freshmen with 36 points, which ranks No. 5 in the country overall. Shellenberger is also No. 4 in the nation with 22 assists.
• Kyle Kology is No. 4 in the nation with 16 caused turnovers.
• Saturday marks the 16th all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and Fighting Irish.
• Notre Dame and Duke are the two ACC teams UVA plays only once during the regular season in 2021.
• Notre Dame leads the all-time series with UVA, 8-7, and have won seven of the last nine meetings. UVA has won the last two meetings, including the 2019 ACC title game.
• UVA’s 13-11 win at Klöckner Stadium in the 2019 regular season snapped a seven-game losing streak to Notre Dame. UVA later in 2019 beat Notre Dame at Klöckner Stadium 10-4 to capture the ACC Tournament title.
• Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan, a UVA alum, is in his 33rd season with the Fighting Irish after spending two seasons as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers under former head coaching legend Jim Adams.
• Notre Dame enters Saturday’s game with a 4-0 record and open ACC play against the Cavaliers.
• Pat Kavanagh leads Notre Dame with 26 points and 19 assists. Quinn McCahon leads the team with nine goals and is third on the team with 11 points. Griffin Westlin is second on the team with 12 points and seven assists.
• Kyle Gallagher is No. 1 in the nation with an 85.1 faceoff winning percentage. Liam Entenmann is saving 70.3 percent of shots between the pipes and posting a 5.11 goals against average.
UVA returns to action on Sat., April 3 when in-state foe No. 20 Richmond comes to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ACCNX.