Men's Lacrosse Prepares to Face Duke

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April 9, 1998

IN ITS LAST GAME , UVa(4-3, 1-1 ACC) played North Carolina (won 15-4 ) April 4 in the 1998 seventh game. Duke(now 8-1, 1-1 ACC) defeated Massachusetts(15-4) in its last game. Duke has defeated Navy 7-6, Harvard 18-6, Brown 19-6,Boston College 20-2, Canisius 22-2, UNC13-9, and Brown 19-6. The Duke squad has lost to Maryland , 15-9.

IN THE SERIES, UVa leads the Blue Devils 39-12, including 21-4 in games in Charlottesville. UVa won the last game in Charottesville in 1997 12-6(ACC Finals). Duke's last series win was in 1995, 17-10 ACC first round . UVa has won 11 of the last 14(including five of the last six and eight of the last 11)

IN THE NEXT GAME, UVa plays Duke(April 18, 8:30 PM, at Klockner Stadium in the ACC first round). Duke next plays (see above).

THE COACH. UVa's head coach Dom Starsia heads into his sixth season, and he hails from Brown University, where he had coached for ten years. He now has a 163-68(70.6%) career record, including 62-22(73.8%) at UVa. Ironically, his first college foe as a head coach here was a team whose name began with the letter V--Virginia(a 10-6 Brown loss at Hofstra), and his first game at UVa was against another V-team, Villanova(21-6 win).

Starsia is 20-18 vs. the ACC(1-6 vs. UVa, 7-2 vs. Duke, 7-5 vs. UNC, and 5-5 vs. Maryland). He is 8-5 vs. the Ivy League since coming to UVa(3-5 vs. Princeton, 2-0 vs. Brown,1-0 vs. Harvard, and 2-0 vs. Penn). Starsia is twice a winner of the Morris Touchstone award(Division I Coach of the Year, 1985 and 1991). His 100th win came in 1992, when his Bruins topped Cornell to wrap up an NCAA bid. His Brown teams were Ivy League champions twice(1985 and 1991) and went to the NCAA's four of his last six seasons(he is 9-10 overall in NCAA play). He has a 50-23 record vs. Ivy league teams, including 8-5 while at UVa. He had never played lacrosse prior to attending Brown. In 1992, Starsia was honored by the Rhode Island Organization of Sportswriters and Sportscasters with the Frank Lanning Award(lifetime achievement of overall contribution to the Rhode Island sports community).

Starsia was named ACC co-Coach of the year for 1995, and he was picked as the 1997 ACC Coach of the Year. Four of his five UVa squads have finished the regular season in first place in the ACC. Starsia is 7-2 vs Duke, lifetime(including 6-2 5 at UVa), and he is 6-2 vs. Duke mentor Mike Pressler.

RANKINGS: UVa is seventh behind Syracuse(three) and Maryland(one), Princeton(two), JHU (six), Duke(three, best ever), and Loyola(five).

UVA vs. NUMBER ONE: UVa defeated #1 Princeton March 7th at home . UVa has often played the number one ranked team in the ratings. Syracuse March 2 in 1996 was number one(as was Princeton in the 1996 finals--May 27). The last number one team that UVa played was in a 14-13 loss to Princeton on March 8, 1997(and prior to 1996 it was in 1995(Syracuse on March 14, 1995, when UVA won at Syracuse 15-7). The previous last time a number one team played UVA at home was UNC in 1993, April 10, when UVa rallied from a four-goal deficit to beat the top-ranked Tar Heels on April 10, 1993, 13-12 on a Kevin Pehlke goal 1:13 in overtime at Scott Stadium. Princeton was ranked number one before the finals in 1996. Princeton was ranked first in 1997 when the Cavaliers played the Tigers.

UVA AS NUMBER ONE: UVa has been number one on a number of occasions, the last of which was much of March in 1996(March 23, after the Johns Hopkins game) . In 1996, UVa defended its top spot with a 12-9 win over Princeton, followed by a 16-15 overtime win at Hofstra with Brown and a 15-9 win over UMass. Plus JHU, 14-9, then Radford 23-3, and then lost it after bowing to Maryland(13-11 loss, March 30, 1996).

THE STARTING LINEUP the early season lineup looks like the medically impacted following(scoring to date)--- Drew McKnight(10+16=26, was injured, now playing again), Jay Jalbert(16+8=24), and Tucker Radebaugh(20+14=34) on attack; David Wren(8+0=8, out, illness; now, back playing), Drew Melchionni(14+5=19), and Hanley Holcomb(Salisbury School,and Ridgewood, NJ, out, illness, Michael Leahy , 2nd, 6+1=7 replaced him) on midfield; and Penn Leachman(0 ), Ryan Curtis(0, was injured, playing again), and Doug Davies(Episcopal(PA) School, and St. David's, PA) on defense. The goalie should be Chris Sanderson(76 saves and 57 goals allowed); injured, Princeton, did not dress vs. UMass, played vs. JHU and Maryland. Ben O'Neil started in his place vs. Penn(19 saves, 8 goals allowed).

The faceoff man used the most often has been Jason Hard(60 of 142). Peter Ragosa(2nd, Deerfield Academy and Milton, MA; 1+1=2) is the first long stick defender on the field). Holcomb has missed the entire season to date due to illness. David Wren missed the Princeton game(illness) and he is now playing again. Henry Oakey(3+3=6) replaced Wren and himself missed the Penn game. He came back, but he is injured again.

For 1998 NEW FACES, watch for John Harvey(D, St. George's School and Darien, CT); Hanley Holcomb(M, Salisbury School and Ridgewood, NJ); David Jenkins(M, Taft School and Dedham, MA; 15 of 30 faceoffs); James Kenny(M, Garden City HS and Garden City, NY); Evan Mancini(M, Hotchkiss School and Gulph Mills, PA); Jamison Mullen(A, St. Mary's HS and Annapolis, MD; 3+1=3); Ian Shure(A, Boy's Latin School and Lutherville, MD; 2+1=3); and Aaron Vercollonne(M, Boy's Latin School and Lutherville, MD, 0+1=1). There will also be a transfer from Tufts(with three years of eligibility remaining): Court Weisleder(D, the Taft School via Tufts, and Bay Head, NJ).

SEASON OPENERS had been solidly UVa until 1997. UVa had won its previous 14 season openers, before losing at Syracuse 22-21 in February of 1997. UVa has won 15 of its last 17 home openers (Princeton,1994, 14-6 loss; and Syracuse in 1998).

Where HOME WAS A BIT OF HEAVEN for UVa in 1993(9-0 at home), UVa only posted a 4-3 mark at home in 1994. In 1993 UVa was 1-5 on the road. BUT, in 1994, the reverse was true. UVa played ten games away from home and won nine of them. UVa had not done anything like that since 1952(that year, UVa won its first national championship). In 1994, UVa was 4-3 at home and 9-1 away from Charlottesville. In 1995, UVa won all eight home games. UVa had won 15 straight games at home(UNC, ACC finals in 1994, 15-7). UVa finished with a 6-1 home record in 1996. UVa finished 7-0 at home in 1997(also the current home win string. Starsia is 34-5 at home at UVa(Princeton, Duke, North Carolina twice, and now Syracuse). Prior to the Syracuse loss, UVa was unbeaten on the U-Hall Turf Field. UVa is 24-4 at Klockner Stadium(1994 losses to Duke and North Carolina and 1996 loss to UNC; with the two UNC losses coming in the ACC finals, plus JHU lsat week). Duke's loss was the regular season game in 1996. UVa had won the last five games at Klockner and 15 of the prior 16 games there.

SCORING in each of the last four seasons is up. In 1994 five games saw UVa offense at or over the 20-goal mark, a UVa record. The team figure of 255 goals in 1997 had not previously been topped(1972, 213 was the old mark). The per-game average was 15 goals per game, and the UVa mark was 16.1(1982). UVa averaged 17.5 goals per game in 1995(another school mark and the top figure in Division I in the NCAA). In 1994, UVa scored 51 goals 30 seconds or less following a faceoff. In 1997, UVa had runs of 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 9, 9, 12, 13, and 16(Mercyhurst and Bucknell). The consecutive goals scored record is 24 vs. Radford in 1995. In 1998, UVa has scored 11 in under 30 second goal situations and has runs of 8 and12 straight scores(UNC,Mercyhurst) but no others longer than five.

UVa opened its 1995 and 1996 seasons with two straight 20-goal games, a school record. UVa scored more than 20 goals in five games in 1995 and 1997, which tied the school mark(1994). UVa did not score fewer than 10 goals in a game in 1995 or 1996(a record). UVa's 273 goals in 1996 was a new team mark. UVA had a school-record string of 44 straight games having scored 10 or more goals in a game snapped by Maryland in the NCAA quarterfinals in 1997. It was the longest such streak in ACC history. The string began in 1995, with the season-opener with Navy 24-13. During that string, UVa exceeded 10 goals 44 times, topped 20 goals 14 times, and surpassed the 30 goal mark three times(including the school mark of 38, set vs. VMI in 1996). UVa has scored 20 goals in a game 63 times(including 21 times under Starsia). UVa's 1997 average of 18.21 goals per game and scoring margin of 8.50 goals per game were not only school records but also NCAA leading marks for 1997.

MORE FIRSTS: UVa played its first men's lacrosse games under the Klockner lights in 1996. The first time was a March 22, 1996 14-9 win over Johns Hopkins. UVa has frequently played night games at home, but this was the first such occasion at Klockner. It(Harvard, 23-12 NCAA win) was UVA's second straight win at Homewood. UVa's 17-14 win at Duke(first game) in 1997 was the 400th for the program(64th season, 400-268-6, 59.8%)(now 406-272-6, 59.8%). It was UVa's first win over UNC in ACC tournament play. It was the first ACC Tournament title for UVa. The last ACC crown for UVa was in 1986.

In ONE-GOAL GAMES, Starsia is 7-10 at UVa(17-24 overall)----

1993  UMass.          10-9 hw
1994  Syracuse        15-14 nl ncaa  ot
1997  Syracuse        21-22 al
1993  Maryland        11-10 hw  ot
1994  Princeton       8-9 nl ncaa ot
1997  Princeton       13-14 al ot               
1993  No. Carolina    13-12 ot hw
1995  Maryland        12-11 hw ot
1997  Maryland        15-14 hw 2ot
1993  Hofstra         5-6  al ot
1996  Brown           16-15 nw
1997  Maryland        9-10  al ncaa
1993  Maryland        8-9 al acc ot
1996  No. Carolina    18-19 al
1998  Syracuse        17-18 hl ot
1994  Duke            8-9 hl
1996  Princeton       12-13 nl ncaa ot

This chart also includes overtime games(Starsia is 5-6 at UVa in overtime, 1-0 in two overtimes). He is 7-10 lifetime in overtime.

RECORDS; UVa set school marks of 38 goals vs. VMI in 1996 and for record margin of victory(33, 38-5). In that game, 25 assists and 105 ground balls were records also. The 31 goals in the VMI game in 1997 is UVa's third best of all time. The 12 goals in the first period duplicates 1996's record of 12 in the first period of the VMI game. UVa's 20 goals vs. UNC(1997 I)is a series high and the biggest margin in UVa ACC play.

DAVID WREN had a career day vs. Maryland(I, 1997). The fourth-year midfielder scored three times and added two assists. He was named ACC co-player of the week for those exploits. His assist set up the game-tieing goal(14-14) in the that game. He was named All ACC and All ACC Tournament for 1997. He was also named second team All American in 1997(his initial AA choice). Wren was out indefinitely(illness), but he has now returned.

DREW MELCHIONNI started the 1997 season with a prolific scooping stick. He finished with 68 ground balls (10 vs. Syracuse, 7 vs. Mercyhurst, 9 vs. UMass), second on UVa midfields. His 82 ground balls tied him for the team lead in 1996 with Michael Watson. The fourth year midfielder from Garden City was an HM All American in 1996, again in 1997, and both his father and uncle played college basketball. Melchionni is the top Cavalier defensive middie. He set a career mark vs. Syracuse with four goals.

DAVID BRUCE and JAMIE LEACHMAN set personal marks in 1996 . Bruce(4+3=7) and Leachman(1+7=8) set those standards vs. VMI. Bruce had four goals vs. Mercyhurst in 1997. Bruce had 4+2=6 vs. VMI in 1997. Bruce suffered a serious knee injury in a pre-season scrimmage and may miss the entire season.

MARK MURPHY and JOSH BRADSTREET scored the first goals of their UVa careers against VMI in 1996. Each had three. Murphy added three scores vs. Mercyhurst, 1997. Murphy set personal career marks vs. VMI in 1997, 4+4=8.

JASON HARD had a record-caliber faceoff day against his hometown rivals at Syracuse in the 1997 opening game. He took 29 of 40 faceoffs. The second year middie hails from Cicero/North Syracuse High School and Bridgeport, NY. He finished the season with 176 wins and only 109 losses. He was named ACC Rookie of the Year for 1997. He was 13 of 14 vs. Mercyhurst.

TUCKER RADEBAUGH set a new career standard for himself with a four goal performance against UMass in 1997. He also had one assist in that game. He scored 2+2=4 in the Duke(II) game, all four points coming in the last six goals of the game. He was named Honorable Mention All American in 1997, his first AA award. He may play a lot of attack in 1998. He started on attack vs. Syracuse and notched a career high seven points(3+4=7). He scored four times vs. Mercyhurst and Princeton, and UNC.

DREW McKNIGHT also had a fine rookie opening day vs. Syracuse in 1997. The (now) second year attackman from Norfolk Academy notched 2+4=6 vs. the Orangemen. He duplicated those numbers against Mercyhurst. He had a personal high of three goals vs. Penn. He scored the game-winner in the second overtime of the Maryland game in 1997. He had 3+3=6 vs. Bucknell. in 1998. He scored 3+3=6 vs. Penn.

JAY JALBERT also put up some good numbers in the first game of his career(Syracuse, 1997). He scored four goals. Jalbert's step-brother Steve Anderson was a Cavalier midfielder and captain in 1986-89. His career high is 3+3=6 vs. Duke(I), for which he was named ACC player of the week. He started on attack, with three goals vs. Syracuse and Princeton. His five goals vs. UNC was a career mark.

GOALIE CHRIS SANDERSON started each game in 1996(and all but one--JHU--in 1997). The fourth-year goalie is the first Canadian to play for UVa since Paul French in 1984. Sanderson hails from Orangeville, Ontario. His two big games with stats in 1995 were Radford(five saves, no goals allowed) and VMI(6/0). He played in five games in 1995. Against Syracuse(in 1996) he had 10 stops and gave up 15 goals. Vs. Princeton he was 13/9. Vs. Brown he was 13/15. Against UMass he was 15/9. He set a career mark of 20 vs. Maryland(I) in 1996. His best 1997 marks were (11/4) vs. JHU(second half) and 12/3(80.0% ) vs. UNC(I). He had 16 saves and gave up six goals in the Duke(II) ACC game. He was 6/1 vs. Bucknell. He received All ACC Tournament honors in 1997. His 21 saves vs. Syracuse is a career high for him. He was named ACC Player of the Week for March 7, 1998 for 19 saves/seven goals allowed vs. Princeton. He injured his shoulder vs. Princeton, and he did not dress vs. UMass. He played the entire game vs. JHU and Maryland. He notched 11 saves, and he gave up only four goals to UNC.

HOME GROWN HENRY OAKEY scored with abandon in 1996. He whistled a career high of three goals past Princeton goalies in 1996. He followed that hat trick with a four-goal effort vs. Brown. Oakey hails from Charlottesville, but he graduated(playing his final two prep seasons) from Deerfield Academy 1994. He had his first career assists vs. JHU. He had 23 goals in 1996. Although his rehabilitation(from a 1996 injury) was successful, he redshirted in 1997. He seems to be fully recovered for 1998, scoring 2+2=4 in his first outing vs. Syracuse. He has injured a hamstring, missing most of the Maryland game, and he may not play at all vs. UNC.

MORE HOME GROWN, second-year goalie BEN O'NEIL hails from Charlottesville, where he prepped at St. Anne's/Belfield. He played in seven games in 1997 ( Mercyhurst, Penn, Hopkins, VMI, North Carolina(I), and Bucknell). In his first two games he took three saves and allowed one goal. The Johns Hopkins game was his first(and only) career start. He started vs. Penn, due to an injury to Sanderson's shoulder, and he had 15 saves, giving up only seven goals. His father is a former President of the University of Virginia. Red-shirt rookie WILL QUAYLE is also a local talent. The Western Albemarle grad did not play last season. He should see midfield action in 1998. His father was an AA football and lacrosse player at UVa in the 1960's. PRE-SEASON ALL AMERICAN choices for UVa include WREN(first), CURTIS(second), MELCHIONNI(second), JALBERT(HM), McKNIGHT(HM), RADEBAUGH(HM), and ZELLER(HM), who are pre-season All-Americans for 1998.

CAPTAINS for 1998 are fourth-year middie DAVID WREN and third-year attack/midfield player TUCKER RADEBAUGH.


THE STARSIA LOG:
at Brown: 101-46; at Virginia 62-22
                        at Brown:                   at UVa:
Overall:                101-46(.643)                62-22(.738)
Ivy:                    42-18(.700)                 7-5(.583)
Ivy Overall:            42-18(.700)                 8-5(.615)
Virginia Schools:       1-6(.143)                   9-0(1.000)
ACC:                    2-9(.182)                   18-9(.667)
One-Goal  games:        10-14(.417)                 7-10(.412)
In Overtime:            2-4(.333)                   5-6(.454)
When Brown scores more                              
than 10 goals:          88-13(.872)                 59-12(.832)
When Opponents score
more than 10 goals:     21-33(.389)                 24-16(.600)
When Brown scores
fewer than 10 goals:    13-33(.283)                 3-10(.231)
When both teams score
more than 10 goals:     21-13(.618)                 24-11(.687)
When neither team
scores 10 goals:        12-13(.480)                 34-5(.286)
NCAA play:              2-5                         7-5(.583)
NCAA First Round:       2-3                         2-0(1.000)
NCAA Quarter-finals:    0-2                         3-2(.600)
NCAA Semi-finals        0-0                         2-1(.667)
NCAA Finals             0-0                         0-2(.000)
At home(UVa):                                       36-6(.857)
Away(UVa)                                           19-11(.633)
Neutral(UVa):                                       6-5(.545)

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