CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers (9-2, 2-2 ACC) continues ACC play on Thursday night against the Duke Blue Devils (10-1, 2-1 ACC) at Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. UVA is ranked No. 4 in this week’s USILA coaches poll and No. 3 in the Inside Lacrosse media poll. Duke is No. 3 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the media poll.
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Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be televised live on ACC Network. Anish Shroff will call the play-by-play, while Quint Kessenich 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 assists to become the fifth player in program history to join the 100-goal/100-assist career club.
• UVA is No. 16 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (8.64), No. 1 in the nation in opponent clearing percentage (.757) and No. 2 in the nation in ground balls per game (42.82)
• FO Petey LaSalla is No. 11 in the nation with 7.91 ground balls per game and No. 8 in faceoff winning percentage with a 65.9 percent success rate.
• Payton Cormier leads UVA with 32 goals in just 11 games. He had 12 goals in UVA’s six games in 2020. Cormier also has at least a hat-trick in 10 of his 17 career games. Cormier is No. 7 in the nation with 32 goals.
• Connor Shellenberger leads the nation’s freshmen with 47 points, which ranks No. 8 in the country overall. Shellenberger is also No. 4 in the nation with 28 assists.
• Kyle Kology is No. 6 in the nation with 19 caused turnovers.
• Thursday marks the 85th all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and Blue Devils, a series in which the Cavaliers own a 50-34 advantage since 1938. The 50 victories are the second most wins UVA has against an opponent in program history, but the Blue Devils have won 19 of the last 21 meetings, including the last 15 regular season meetings. Virginia’s two wins in the series came in the 2010 ACC Tournament and the semifinals of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
• UVA won the last meeting between these two programs in double-overtime at Lincoln Financial Field in the 2019 NCAA Tournament on an Ian Laviano game-winning goal.
• John Danowski is in his 15th season at Duke and is coming off a 6-2 season in 2020 before the pandemic shutdown everything.
• Michael Sowers leads Duke with 30 assists and 52 points. Brennan O’Neill has a team-high 30 goals, while Joe Robertson has 29 goals to pace the potent Blue Devils’ attack. Nakeie Montgomery rounds out the top scorers with 30 points.
• Mike Adler is saving 55.8 percent of shots between the pipes and posting an 8.96 goals against average.
Due to the limited number of tickets, the new attendance policy will include pre-sale ticket access for UVA students and each sport program’s donors and season ticket holders. Following the pre-sale process, remaining tickets will be made available to the general public at 10 a.m. on April 15.
Fans must purchase a pair of tickets. All tickets are general admission and will be $5 each. Tickets can be purchased on UVATix.com or from Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 434-924-8821.
UVA returns to action on Saturday when the Cavaliers host Utah. Faceoff is set for noon and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.