April 21, 1997

UVa Travels to Bucknell for First-Ever Meeting

HEAD COACH: Dom Starsia (Brown '74) is in his fifth season at Virginia.

CURRENT RECORD: Starsia's UVa mark stands at 57-18.

1997 RECORD: UVa is 10-2, 3-0 ACC.

LAST WEEK: Virginia played North Carolina (ACC 17-13 won) and Duke (12-6 won).

THIS WEEK: This week, UVa plays Bucknell (Sat., Apr. 26, 1:00 PM, away).

NOTES: UVa leads the Duke series (39-12, including 3-1 in the ACC Tournament). UVa leads UNC 32-22 and trails 5-1 in the Tournament. UVa is 5-8 overall in the Tournament. UVa won the tournament for the first time.

The Cavaliers are 7-0 at home this season.

UVa and Bucknell have never met before. UVa vs. the Patriot League is 7-10 (3-10 vs. Army, 4-0 vs. Colgate)

Several UVa players are in UVa charts now. Doug Knight has now set the UVa career goal mark (161) The old mark was set by Kevin Pehlke in 1993, 138. The 161 goals puts him second in the ACC. He became the seventh player in UVa history to top 200 points (161+81=242). His six assists against UMass is a career high for him. Michael Watson now has 135 goals (third). Knight 242 (second) and Watson (228, fourth ) are now in the UVa career points top five. Watson is also sixth in career assists, UVa, with 93. Knight is eighth in assists (81). The point record for UVa (244) and for the ACC is 280 (Knight is fourth).

UVa has now scored in double figures for the 43rd straight time, a school mark.

Rookie Jason Hard (Cicero/North Syracuse HS) has made a big impression already.

He has won 157 of 253 faceoffs (62.1 %). He also leads the team in ground balls with 86. Another rookie, Drew McKnight (Norfolk Academy) has made some big numbers also, 19 goals and 17 assists in 12 games, and the game winner vs. Maryland in overtime. Rookie Jay Jalbert had a career high (3+3=6) game against Duke, for which he was named ACC Player of the Week.

Mark Murphy (4+4=8 vs. VMI) and Doug Knight (3+5=8 vs. UNC) have had the big point games of the season. Goalie Chris Sanderson (12 saves, 3 goals allowed vs. UNC in 50 minutes of play) earned ACC Player of the Week honors. Sanderson's game vs. Duke (16 saves, 6 goals allowed) was s bg plus for UVa.

Five Cavaliers earned All ACC honors. Attackmen Michael Watson (fourth time) and Doug Knight (third time) were chosen. Middies David Wren and David Curry made the list along with defender Tommy Smith (second time).

The All ACC Tournament team was chosen, and Cavaliers Doug Knight (MVP), David Wren, David Curry, Tommy Sm ith, and Chris Sanderson were UVa honorees. This week, the ACC will name its Player, Rookie, and Coach of the Year.

INDIVIDUAL STATS: Doug Knight (35+30=65), Michael Watson (25+25=50), Chris Sanderson (127 saves, 107 goals allowed), David Curry (30+5=35), Drew McKnight (19+17=36), Jay Jalbert (18+4=22), David Wren (22+5=27), Tucker Radebaugh (20-8=28), Jason Hard (157 of 253 faceoffs).

TEAM STATS: Goals 222-122, shots 684-428, ground balls 729-581, faceoffs 218-165, clearing 296 of 344, 211 of 355, saves 153-219, EMO goals 18-18.