April 27, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers (7-7), seeded No. 4 in the 2013 ACC Championship, will face the No. 2 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (11-3) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the ACC Championship game at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia is making its 15th appearance in the ACC Championship final and is playing for its seventh ACC Tournament championship and 18th overall ACC title.
There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM, which will be simulcast as an audio webcast for a subscription cost on VirginiaSports.com through Cavaliers Live. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the game analysis. ESPNU will televise the game live in HD with Mike Corey bringing the play-by-play and Matt Ward adding color commentary. There will be a web simulcast on ESPN3.
Virginia is receiving votes this week in the USILA coaches poll, while North Carolina is ranked No. 3 in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and No. 1 in the USILA coaches poll.
Virginia is 20-18 all-time in the ACC Tournament since the inception of the event in 1989. The Cavaliers are 5-6 against North Carolina all-time in the ACC Tournament and are facing the Tar Heels for the first time in the ACC title game for the first time since 1996 and the third time overall. The Cavaliers are 0-3 all-time against the Tar Heels in the final round of the ACC Tournament, with all three games played in Charlottesville. Virginia is 1-2 all-time inside North Carolina's Kenan Stadium in ACC Championship play. Sunday marks the 12th time UVa and North Carolina have met in the ACC Tournament and fourth time in the final round.
Sunday marks the 76th all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and the Tar Heels, a series the Cavaliers own a 49-26 advantage in since 1938. Facing the Tar Heels every year since 1964, UVa fell to North Carolina 10-7 at Klöckner Stadium earlier this season. UNC ended up snapping a nine-game losing streak to UVa with a 9-7 triumph in the ACC Tournament's semifinal round last season in Charlottesville.
Nick O'Reilly's 31 assists and 53 points (22 goals) lead Virginia, while Mark Cockerton leads the nation with 46 goals. Rob Emery and Matt White round out UVa's top scorers with 22 goals each. Scott McWilliams is No. 2 in the nation with 36 caused turnovers, while Tanner Scales leads the nation's freshmen with 23 caused turnovers. Rhody Heller has started the last seven games in the cage and is posting a 10.94 goals against average and saving 49.4 percent of shots against him.
North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi is in his fifth season at North Carolina and returns 30 letterwinners from last year's 11-6 squad. Marcus Holman leads the Tar Heels with 36 goals, 33 assists and 69 points. Joe Sankey has 34 goals and Jimmy Bitter and Chad Tutton round out the leading scorers with 27 and 21 goals, respectively. Kieran Burke is saving 55.0 percent of shots against him inside the pipes and is posting a 9.93 goals against average.
A win for UVa will guarantee the Cavaliers a .500 or better record for the season and they will await their NCAA fate. The field of 16 will be announced on the NCAA Championship Selection Show on Sunday, May 5. The show will be televised live on ESPNU at 9 p.m.