April 28, 1997

Men's Lacrosse Idle This Week, Waits for 21st NCAA Bid

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

CURRENT RECORD: Starsia's UVa mark stands at 58-18 (.763%).

1997 RECORD: UVa is 11-2, 3-0 ACC.

LAST WEEK: Virginia played Bucknell (24-4 won)

THIS WEEK: This week, UVa is idle.

NOTES: UVa leads the Bucknell series 1-0. UVa's current win streak (10) is the longest since 10 in 1980 and is second only to 1972-73 (11). It is only the third time UVa has had a win streak as long. UVa's class of 1997 is now the winningest of UVa's history (48-13). The old mark is the 1996 group (47-16).

Several UVa players are in UVa charts now. Doug Knight has now set the UVa career goal mark (164) The old mark was set by Kevin Pehlke in 1993, 138. The 164 goals puts him second in the ACC. He became the seventh player in UVa history to top 200 points (164+83=247). His six assists against UMass is a career high for him. Michael Watson now has 138 goals (second tie). Knight 247 (first) and Watson (236, fourth ) are now in the UVa career points top five. Watson is also sixth in career assists, UVa, with 98. Knight is ninth in assists (83). The point record for UVa is now 247 and for the ACC it is 280 (Knight is third). Watson's 3+5=8 represents a new career high in points for him.

UVa has now scored in double figures for the 44th straight time, a school mark. Rookie Jason Hard (Cicero/North Syracuse HS) has made a big impression already.

He has won 167 of 265 faceoffs (63.1 %). He also leads the team in ground balls with 93. Another rookie, Drew McKnight (Norfolk Academy) has made some big numbers also, 22 goals and 20 assists in 13 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), Doug Knight (3+5=8 vs. UNC), and Michael Watson (3+5=8, Bucknell) 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 (II) (16 saves, 6 goals allowed) was a big 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 (third time). The All ACC Tournament team was chosen, and Cavaliers Doug Knight (MVP), David Wren, David Curry, Tommy Smith, and Chris Sanderson were UVa honorees. Last week, the ACC named its Player (Michael Watson), Rookie (Jason Hard), and Coach of the Year (Dom Starsia).

UVa now awaits its 21st NCAA bid (more than any other school except for Maryland and Johns Hopkins). UVa received a first round bye last year and should do so again this year. Bids will be announced Sunday, May 4. UVa's first NCAA game would be the weekend of May 17-18.

INDIVIDUAL STATS: Doug Knight (38+32=70), Michael Watson (28+30=58), Chris Sanderson (131 saves, 108 goals allowed), David Curry (31+5=36), Drew McKnight (22+20=42), Jay Jalbert (19+4=23), David Wren (25+5=30), Tucker Radebaugh (23+8=31), Jason Hard (167 of 265 faceoffs).

TEAM STATS: Goals 246-126, shots 755-451, ground balls 785-631, faceoffs 238-176, clearing 322 of 374, 229 of 384, saves 165-240, EMO goals 22-20.