May 9, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s lacrosse team continues its season as the Cavaliers (10-5) host the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (10-4) on Sunday in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. UVa is ranked No. 7 in the final regular season USILA coaches poll and No. 8 in the final regular season Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media poll. In the same polls Johns Hopkins is ranked No. 8 in the coaches poll and No. 7 in the media poll.
There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play, Doug Tarring will provide the game analysis and Jack Bird will be on the sideline. ESPN2 will televise the game live in HD with Joe Beninati providing the play-by-play and Paul Carcaterra providing color analysis.
Parking for Sunday’s game is $5 in the University Hall and McCue Center lots. This charge applies to fans attending Sunday’s baseball, men's lacrosse, and women’s lacrosse games. Free parking will be available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage. The John Paul Jones Arena parking lot and garage will not be available for lacrosse and baseball parking on Sunday (May 11) because of events at the arena.
This is Virginia's 36th tournament appearance overall, third behind Johns Hopkins (42) and Maryland (37). Virginia has won five NCAA titles and has received a bid in 20 of head coach Dom Starsia’s 22 seasons on Grounds.
Virginia is 29-57-1 all-time against Johns Hopkins. Sunday’s game will be the 15th time in NCAA Tournament history UVa and Johns Hopkins have met. No two teams have faced each other more in the tournament than the Cavaliers and Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins holds an 8-6 advantage over UVa in NCAA Tournament action, but the Cavaliers have won four of the last five meetings in the tournament.
The 2014 season marks the 68th straight year the Cavaliers and the Blue Jays have clashed in an all-time series that began in 1904. Virginia’s 87 all-time games against the Blue Jays equals the most games the Cavaliers have played against any opponent in their history. During the regular season meeting on March 22, UVa came out on top in overtime, 11-10. Ryan Lukacovic scored back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter to help UVa force overtime. Greg Coholan scored the game-winner for the Cavaliers with 1:09 left in the extra frame.
All-ACC honoree Mark Cockerton leads UVa with 45 goals, while James Pannell is No. 2 on the team with 39 scores. Cockerton is No. 6 in the nation in goals scored and Pannell is No. 13. Cockerton leads UVa with 60 points, which ranks No. 11 nationally. Ryan Tucker rounds out the top goal scorers with 23, while Owen Van Arsdale has a team-best 25 assists along with 35 points. Mick Parks leads UVa with 59 ground balls, while Scott McWilliams has 23 caused turnovers. Matt Barrett is saving 47.1 percent of shots between the pipes and is posting an 11.21 goals against average.
JHU head coach Dave Pietrmala is in his 14th season with the Blue Jays and is coming off a 9-5 season in 2013. JHU is returning to the NCAA Tournament after failing to make the NCAA Tournament in 2013, the first time that has happened in 42 years, snapping the longest such streak in all of college sports. Ryan Brown leads Johns Hopkins with 38 goals. Wells Stanwick has team-highs with 40 assists and 57 points. Brandon Benn rounds out the top scorers with 35 goals and 40 points. Drew Kennedy is winning 60.3 percent of his draws at the faceoff X and has a team-best 120 ground balls. Eric Schneider is saving 56.5 percent of shots he has faced in between the pipes and is posting an 8.16 goals against average.
Fans may purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com, by calling (800) 542-8821, or in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth 18-and-under and students of the participating schools with a valid student ID.