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May 5, 1997

UVa to Host Chesapeake Toyota in Exhibition Match

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

LAST WEEK: Virginia was idle

THIS WEEK: This week, UVa will host Chesapeake Toyota (exhibition game; Sat., May 10, 7:30 PM, Kloeckner Stadium).

NOTES: UVa was selected for an NCAA bid for the 21st time. Only Maryland (22nd) and Johns Hopkins (26th) have received more bids. UVa has a first round bye for the second year in a row. UVa will play the winner of Georgetown vs. Maryland, Sunday, May 18, at 3:45 PM, at Maryland. Maryland plays Georgetown, May 11, at Towson St. The winner of the UVa game plays in the semifinals at Maryland in the NCAA Championships, May 24. The finals are May 26, at Maryland. UVa beat Maryland in the regular season (UVA 15-14 2 OT at home). UVa trails the series with Maryland 35-24, with the last two games being wins. UVa has never played Georgetown before. UVa is 0-2 in NCAA play vs. Maryland. UVa is 3-4 in NCAA games at College Park.

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 class in UVa 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 leads the team in ground balls with 93.

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. The ACC named its Player (Michael Watson), Rookie (Jason Hard), and Coach of the Year (Dom Starsia).

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.

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