Jan. 23, 1997

Virginia concludes 1996 season with 16-3-3 record

VIRGINIA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Cavaliers made their 16th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their 18th appearance overall in 1996. Virginia has the longest current streak of NCAA appearances in the nation, not having missed the tournament since 1980 (UCLA has the second longest current streak with 14 straight appearances). The Cavaliers have an all-time record of 30-13-2 in the NCAAs. Virginia's all-time NCAA winning percentage of .689 is the fourth-best in tournament history. Prior to the loss to George Mason, Virginia had won 17 straight NCAA games at home. The Cavaliers now stand 11-1-0 in NCAA games at Kloeckner Stadium.

FISHER RECEIVES HERMANN TROPHY AND MAC AWARD: Following the conclusion of the 1996 season senior midfielder Mike Fisher was honored as the National Player of the Year, as he received both the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Award. Fisher received the Hermann Trophy for the second consecutive season and joins Al Trost of Saint Louis (1969 and '70), Mike Seerey of Saint Louis (1971 and '72) and Ken Snow of Indiana (1988 and '90) as the only players to ever win the award twice. He is also only the sixth player to ever win both the Hermann Trophy and the MAC Award, joining John Kerr of Duke (1986), Snow (1988 and '90), Alexi Lalas of Rutgers (1991), and the Cavaliers' Tony Meola (1989) and Claudio Reyna (1993). Overall, Fisher is the fourth player in school history to earn National Player of the Year honors, along with Meola, Reyna (who also won the MAC Award in 1992) and John Harkes (1987 MAC Award).

GELNOVATCH NAMED ACC COACH OF THE YEAR: In only his first season as the head coach of the Cavaliers, George Gelnovatch was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. The 10th head coach in the history of the Virginia men's soccer program, Gelnovatch had the most successful inaugural season in school history. Prior to Gelnovatch, no Cavalier coach had ever taken his team to the NCAA Tournament or recorded more than nine victories in his first season (Bruce Arena's 1978 team had nine wins). Gelnovatch's team advanced to the 1996 NCAA Tournament and recorded 16 victories on the year. He also coached 18 games before picking up his first loss, the longest such streak at the beginning of a Virginia head coach's career. Previously no coach had gone more than four games before picking up his first loss (Bruce Arena's 1978 team opened the year 4-0-0 and Wilson Fewster's 1955 squad started out 2-0-2). Gelnovatch also had the best winning percentage by a Cavalier coach in his first season at .795, breaking Arena's mark (9-2-2 / .769 winning percentage in 1978).

FISHER NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: For the second consecutive season, Mike Fisher was chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. Fisher led both Virginia and the ACC in scoring this year with 42 points on 11 goals and a national-best 20 assists. On the year, he had at least one goal or one assist in 17 of the Cavaliers' 22 games, with the five games he did not scored in being three losses and two ties. Fisher becomes only the third player in conference history to capture Player of the Year honors more than once, joining Clyde Brown of Clemson (1972, '73, '74 and '75) and Henry Gutierrez of North Carolina State (1990 and '91).

FISHER ON THE ALL-TIME DIVISION I LISTS: Mike Fisher is among the top players in Division I history in terms of both points and assists. He finished his career with 55 assists, to tie for fifth place all-time with Chris Ogu of North Carolina State. For points, Fisher had 167 and wound up in a tie for 20th place with Nezid Hasanoglu of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Jim Tersey of Portland. The all-time Division I leader in points is Thompson Usiyan of Appalachian State with 255 (109 goals and 37 assists), while Dante Washington of Radford holds the all-time assist record with 66.

FISHER AND CHULIS EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Mike Fisher and Matt Chulis were both selected to this season's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America teams. Fisher was a first team selection selection for the second straight season (he also earned second team honors in 1994) while Chulis earned All-America honors for the first time. The Cavaliers have now had at least two NSCAA All-Americans for six consecutive seasons and 10 of the last 11 years.

SIX CAVALIERS EARN ALL-STATE HONORS: Virginia had six players selected to this year's Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State team. Mike Fisher, Ben Olsen, Matt Chulis and Scott Vermillion all earned first team All-State honors, while Matt Leonard and Billy Walsh were both named to the second team. With the four first team and six overall selections, Virginia had more players on the teams than any other school in the state.

FOUR VIRGINIA PLAYERS EARN ALL-ACC TOURNAMENT HONORS: The Cavaliers placed four players on the all-tournament team at this year's ACC Championship. Matt Chulis, Mike Fisher, Matt Leonard and Billy Walsh were all selected to the squad. Walsh tallied two goals, Fisher had two assists and Leonard scored one goal during the tournament, while Chulis was the leader of the Cavalier defense.

CAVALIERS FALL TO GEORGE MASON IN NCAA FIRST ROUND: Virginia fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1986, as it was defeated by George Mason 1-0 at Kloeckner Stadium. The Cavaliers dominated the game on the offensive end, taking eight shots to the Patriots four and having three corner kicks to George Mason's zero. Virginia also kept possession of the ball for the majority of the second half. The only goal of the game came at the 77:40 mark, when Virginia defender Matt Chulis attempted to clear a crossing pass and inadvertently knocked the ball into his own net.

CAVALIERS ON TELEVISION & RADIO: Virginia had three games carried live on television this season, all carried by College Soccer Weekly (shown on Home Team Sports in Virginia) with Dave Johnson handling the play-by-play and Richard Broad offering color commentary. The Cavaliers' ACC Tournament games against Duke and Maryland were both shown on television, as well as the NCAA First Round game with George Mason. Virginia also had 10 games this season carried live over the airwaves by WINA / 1070 AM. Mike Waddell handled the play-by-play, while Myron Ripley provided color commentary.

LEONARD COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH: Over the Cavaliers' last 13 games, junior forward Matt Leonard scored 11 goals and five assists while developing into the top offensive threat on the team. He scored six game-winning goals during that span, while assisting on one other game-winner. In the win over Duke in the ACC Semifinals, Leonard scored a huge goal for the Cavaliers to earn himself a spot on the All-ACC Tournament team. With 7:44 remaining in the first overtime period and the score tied 2-2, Leonard took a cross from Bill Lanza and headed it in from 12 yards away to give Virginia the victory. Against VCU, Leonard scored the Cavaliers' second goal, taking a pass from Brian West in the left side of the penalty box and nailing it home from 10 yards away. In the Georgetown game, he hit the game winner at the 14:15 mark, knocking in a rebound from two yards away after a shot by Bill Lanza had been deflected. He later added a second goal from 10 yards out in the right side of the box, after receiving a perfect feed from Mike Fisher. For the season, Leonard was third on the team in scoring with 31 points on 12 goals and seven assists.

CAVALIERS PLACE FIVE ON ALL-ACC TEAMS: Five Virginia players were named to the 1996 All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams, including four first team selections. Mike Fisher earned first team honors for the second straight season, while sophomores Matt Chulis, Ben Olsen and Scott Vermillion were also first team selections. Matt Leonard was Virginia's other all-conference choice, as he earned second team honors. No other team in the conference had more than three All-ACC selections and Wake Forest was the only other team with more than one player on the first team. Virginia has now had at least four players earn All-ACC honors in each of the last six seasons.

WALSH HITS THE SPOT AGAINST DUKE: After scoring only three goals during the regular season, junior forward Billy Walsh came up big against Duke in the ACC Semifinals. Walsh had the Cavaliers' first two scores of the game, both times erasing one goal deficits. His first goal came at 28:34, when he took a pass from Brian West in the upper right corner of the box and drilled it home from 15 yards away to make the score 1-1. After the Blue Devils had recaptured the lead, Walsh headed in a corner kick by Mike Fisher from eight yards out to tie the score at 2-2 before halftime. Walsh also made a key defensive play with 20 minutes left in the second half, when he saved a shot by Duke's Eric Otto by heading it away from the goal line. A member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, Walsh had 18 points this season on five goals and eight assists. All of his scores were key for Virginia, as he has one game-winning goal, two overtime goals and the two goals which both tied up the game against Duke.

THE ACC TOURNAMENT: The Cavaliers advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the seventh consecutive season before falling to Maryland 2-0 in the title game. Pierre Venditti scored the Terrapins first goal off a pass from Judah Cooks, then Shane Dougherty put in a rebound off a shot from Venditti for the final score. The loss to Maryland was Virginia's first in the ACCs since a 2-1 setback against North Carolina State in 1990. The Cavaliers made it to the championship game with a 3-2 overtime victory over Duke. The Blue Devils opened the scoring on a goal by Troy Garner at the 20:59 mark, but Billy Walsh put in a cross by Brian West to tie up the game at 25:34. Duke took a 2-1 lead at 29:51 on a goal by Josh Henderson, before Walsh once again tied up the score by heading in a Mike Fisher corner kick at 41:42. After a scoreless second half, Matt Leonard headed home a cross by Bill Lanza at 97:17 to propel the Cavaliers to victory.

SWEEPING THEM AWAY: Although he was only a sophomore this season, defender Matt Chulis has established himself as one of the top defensive players in the nation and earned second team All-America honors. He was an All-ACC Tournament selection after making many key defensive plays, including one against Maryland where he headed a shot off the goal line. Earlier in the year, Chulis was an All-Tournament selection at both the Cavaliers' in-season tournaments, the adidas Invitational and the Coca-Cola Classic. The regular sweeper for Virginia, Chulis also played right fullback twice early in season when Scott Vermillion was injured. He played every minute of 20 games this year, sitting out only the final 29 minutes against VMI and the last 21 minutes of the VCU game. Chulis led the Cavalier defense to a team goals against average of 0.83 and 10 shutouts. In 1995, Virginia had a team goals against average of 0.85 when Chulis was in the game, compared to 2.80 when he was not playing.

FEARY FINISHES SECOND ON GAMES PLAYED LIST: Senior midfielder Sean Feary ended his career in second place on the all-time Virginia list for games played. Feary appeared in 96 games during his four years in Charlottesville, and trails only Damian Silvera, who played in 98 games from 1992-95. By playing in the Cavaliers final game of the season against George Mason, Feary passed Erik Imler, who had played in 95 games during his career from 1989-92, for sole possession of second place. Over his four year career, Feary played in 96 of the team's 97 games.

CAVALIERS CLAIM 12TH ACC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: With the victory over Duke on Oct. 26, Virginia won its 12th ACC regular season championship and its 10th in the last 14 years. The only schools with more regular season ACC titles than Virginia are Maryland with 17 and Clemson with 13. The Terrapins won the title 16 straight times from 1953 through 1968, but have not won a conference title since 1971. The Tigers earned eight consecutive ACC titles from 1972 to 1979 and last won the conference championship in 1993. The Cavaliers previous ACC championships came in 1969, '70, '83, '84, '86, '87, '88, '89, '91, '92 and '95.

WEST HEATS UP ON OFFENSE: Late in the season, freshman forward Brian West re-emerged as a top offensive threat for the Cavaliers. In the ACC Semifinal win over Duke, he had an assist on Billy Walsh's first goal, taking a pass from Mike Fisher on the right wing and crossing the ball to Walsh for the score. Against Virginia Commonwealth, West assisted on Matt Leonard's goal, sending the ball to Leonard in the left side of the penalty box. In the win over Georgetown he totaled one goal and two assists. He assisted on Leonard's game-winning goal, sending a pass to Bill Lanza in the left side of the penalty box before Lanza's shot was deflected by a defender and knocked in by Leonard. He scored a goal of his own just over four minutes later, knocking in a loose ball from eight yards out following a scramble in front of the Georgetown goal. West also assisted on Leonard's second goal against the Hoyas, passing to Mike Fisher before Fisher hit Leonard in the right side of the box. In the first meeting with Duke he scored the game-winning goal while also recording an assist. He finished fourth on the team in scoring with 22 points on five goals and 12 assists. An All-Tournament selection in the Coca-Cola Classic, West was an All-American and Maryland state Player of the Year at Centennial High School in Columbia, Md.

CLEANING HOUSE AT KLOCKNER: The Cavaliers concluded their fifth season of play at Klockner Stadium in 1996. Virginia has an all-time record of 68-7-2 (.896) at Kloeckner, and had a school record home unbeaten streak of 34 games ended by Maryland in the ACC Championship Game. Prior to that game, UVa had not lost at home since falling to Duke 2-1 in overtime in 1994. The $3.4-million facility offers seating for approximately 3,600 fans in the grandstand, while hillside seating is available for another 3,000. Prior to the 1995 season lights were installed, allowing the Cavaliers to play night games. UVa has a perfect 14-0-0 record under the lights.

THE FINALISTS: While Mike Fisher won both the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Award this season, there other Cavaliers also received serious consideration for National Player of the Year honors. Ben Olsen was among the 10 finalists for the Hermann Trophy, while Billy Walsh and Scott Vermillion both made the list of candidates for the MAC Award. Both Walsh and Vermillion were among the 15 initial candidates, while Walsh also made the list of 10 finalists. Walsh, Olsen, and Vermillion, who are all underclassmen, will be among the top candidates for National Player of the Year honors next season, along with All-America defender Matt Chulis.

ANOTHER UNBEATEN YEAR IN THE ACC: With its victory over Duke on Oct. 26, Virginia finished its ACC season with a mark of 4-0-2. After also posting a 4-0-2 record in conference games in 1995, the Cavaliers have now gone two years without a loss in regular season ACC games. Since 1983, the Cavaliers have now gone unbeaten in conference play seven times. The only other school to have accomplished the feat in that time span is Clemson, with a 5-0-1 ACC record in 1993. Other than Virginia, which also went four straight seasons without a loss in ACC regular season games from 1986-89, no school has gone unbeaten in conference action in consecutive years since Clemson (eight straight years from 1972 through 1979).

OLSEN AMONG TOP SCORERS: Sophomore midfielder Ben Olsen was one of the top scoring threats for the Cavaliers this season, with either a goal or an assist in 16 of the 21 games he has played. In the ACC Semifinal win over Duke, Olsen assisted on the game-winning goal, sending a pass to Bill Lanza in the right corner, before Lanza crossed the ball to Matt Leonard for the score. Olsen also recorded two goals and an assist in the first game with Duke, all coming in a span of five minutes during the second half. His first goal came at the 65:14 mark, when he headed in a pass from Billy Walsh, who had received the ball from Mike Fisher. A little more than three minutes later, Olsen gathered a loose ball and chipped it over Duke Goalkeeper John Morton from 20 yards away. He then assisted on the next goal, sending a long pass to Tim Prisco for a breakaway goal. Olsen scored two game-winning goals on the year while assisting on six others. With 35 points (nine goals and 17 assists) in 21 games this year, Olsen shattered his 1995 total of 20 points, which he amassed in 24 games.

LANZA CLOSES OUT CAREER STRONG: After missing almost a month in late September and early October with a knee injury, senior forward Bill Lanza turned in some key performances over the last few weeks of the season, assisting on the game-winning goal in each of the Cavaliers' final three wins. Against Duke in the ACC Semifinals, he assisted on the game winner by Matt Leonard. Lanza took a pass from Ben Olsen in the right corner, then sent a cross which Leonard headed in from 12 yards away. In the VCU game, he had an assist on Mike Fisher's game-winning goal. Lanza worked a give-and-go with Olsen in the left side of the box, then sent a cross to the far post which Billy Walsh headed to Fisher for the score. Against Georgetown, he again assisted Leonard's game winner. Lanza received a pass from Brian West in the left side of the box and took a shot which hit off a Hoya defender in front of the goal, then Leonard knocked in the rebound for the score. Despite playing in only 15 of Virginia's 22 games this season, Lanza ranked seventh on the team in scoring with 17 points on five goals and seven assists.

FISHER HITS 40 AGAIN: Mike Fisher was the Cavaliers leading scorer with 42 points this season on 11 goals and 20 assists. Fisher has scored 40 or more points three straight seasons, after totaling 43 points (15 goals and 13 assists) in 1994 and 57 points (21 goals and 15 assists) in 1995. Other than Fisher, the only player in school history to have 40 points in a season more than once is Ben Crawley with 40 points (16 goals and eight assists) in 1991 and 43 points (17 goals and nine assists) in 1992. Along with Fisher and Crawley, only three other players have recorded 40 points in a season at Virginia. A.J. Wood had 54 points (23 goals and eight assists) in 1994, Jeff Gaffney scored 44 points (21 goals and two assists) in 1983 and Nate Friends totaled 43 points (16 goals and 11 assists) in 1994.

FISHER GETS THIRD STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DOUBLE, OLSEN CLOSES IN: With his goal against Georgetown, Mike Fisher reached double figures in both goals and assists for the third consecutive season. Fisher finished the season with 11 goals and 20 assists, after recording 15 goals and 13 assists in 1994 and 21 goals and 15 assists in 1995. Other than Fisher, only two other players in school history has ever recorded a double-double (Kris Kelderman had 10 goals and 10 assists in 1989 and Nate Friends had 16 goals and 11 assists in 1994). Fisher was one of only three players in the nation to reach double figures in goals and assists in both 1995 and 1996.

FISHER BREAKS SCORING RECORD: With his two assists in the Clemson game, senior midfielder Mike Fisher moved into first place on the all-time Virginia scoring list. Fisher ended his career with 167 points (56 goals and 55 assists), breaking the record of Jeff Gaffney. Gaffney, who played for the Cavaliers from 1982-85, had held the record with 155 points on 69 goals and 17 assists. In addition to breaking the scoring mark, Fisher has become only the third player in school history with 50 career goals as he has 56 over his four years. He ended up tied with A.J. Wood (56 goals / 1991-94) for second place, behind only Gaffney (69 goals / 1982-85). Fisher ranks first all-time at Virginia in both points and assists, and second in goals scored. He also stands fourth on the all-time ACC points list and tied for first all-time in the ACC in assists.

THE 10 ASSIST CLUB: Mike Fisher, Ben Olsen and Brian West all reached double figures in assists this season, marking the first team the Cavaliers have ever had three players with 10 or more assists. Overall, only nine players in school history have recorded 10 or more assists in a single season. In addition to Fisher, Olsen and West, they are Damian Silvera (12 in 1993 and 15 in 1995), Brad Agoos (10 in 1991 and 17 in 1992), Mike Slivinski (11 in 1993), Brian Vernon (11 in 1983), Nate Friends (11 in 1994) and Kris Kelderman (10 in 1989).

THE DYNASTY: Since 1989, UVa has won five NCAA titles (1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994), advanced to at least the NCAA quarterfinals seven times, and compiled an overall record of 154-21-17 (.846). From the beginning of the 1991 season until now, Virginia has lost just 13 games, going 121-13-9 (.878), including 81-5-4 (.922) against teams from outside the ACC. In the last seven years, UVa has won five ACC Championships and had the Hermann Trophy Player of the Year winner four times (1989 -- Tony Meola; 1993 -- Claudio Reyna; 1995 & 1996 -- Mike Fisher).

THE 50-50 CLUB: With two assists in the first Duke game, Mike Fisher became the first player in Virginia history and only the third Division I player ever with 50 goals and 50 assists in a career. The only other players to have accomplished the feat are Dante Washington of Radford (82 goals and 66 assists / 1988-92) and Chris Ogu of North Carolina State (51 goals and 55 assists / 1980-83). Fisher had previously become the first Cavalier with 40 goals and 40 assists and only the sixth player from the ACC, joining Ogu, Tom Kain of Duke (51 goals and 45 assists / 1982-85), Bruce Murray of Clemson (48 goals and 46 assists / 1984-87), John Kerr of Duke (42 goals and 43 assists / 1983-86) and Pearse Tormey of Clemson (40 goals and 41 assists / 1983-86). Overall, Fisher is the 21st Division I player to have totaled 40 goals and 40 assists.

FISHER BREAKS ANOTHER ASSIST RECORD: With three assists against Georgetown, Mike Fisher broke the Virginia single season record for assists. He ended up with 20 assists on the season, breaking Brad Agoos' record of 17 which was set in 1992. A few weeks earlier, Fisher became Virginia's all-time assist leader, recording his 45th career assist against Princeton. He totaled 55 career assists, breaking the record of Damian Silvera who had 44 assists from 1992-95. Fisher has also reached double figures in assists for the third straight season, and is the first player in school history to have three seasons with 10 or more assists. Most of Fisher's assists this season have come at key moments, as he has a UVa single season record nine game-winning assists on the year. With his assist on Matt Leonard's game winner at Clemson, he broke Silvera's single-season record of seven (set in 1994). He wound up in second place on the Virginia career game-winning assist chart with 16 (Silvera holds that record with 18).

VERMILLION CONTINUES STRONG PLAY: After missing five weeks with a sprained right knee, sophomore defender Scott Vermillion has made his presence felt over the final 12 games, both on offense and defense. Against Georgetown he scored his second goal of the season, taking a pass from Mike Fisher in the right side of the penalty box and drilling it home from 15 yards away. Earlier this year, Vermillion earned All-Tournament honors at the adidas Invitational, after scoring a goal and two assists and leading the Cavalier defense to a pair of shutouts. Although he appeared in only 13 games on the year, six of Virginia's 10 shutouts came when Vermillion played. With his return, the Cavaliers shored up a defense which had a team goals against average of 0.83 on the season. Vermillion was a preseason All-America selection by Soccer America.

CAVALIERS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Four Virginia players ranked among the best in the nation in various statistical categories this season. Mike Fisher led the nation in assists with 20 and was 18th in points with 42. Ben Olsen was also among the national leaders in both assists and points, as he finished fourth in assists with 17 and 36th in points with 35. The Cavaliers other players to rank among the nation's elite were Yuri Sagatov (25th in goals against average at 0.97) and Brian West (21st in assists with 12).

ELEVEN CAVALIERS NAMED TO 1995-96 ACC ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL: The UVa men's soccer team placed 11 players on the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll. The list is comprised of all athletes in the conference who achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. Current players Tom Baker, Matt Chulis, Mike Fisher, Sam Franklin, Matt Leonard, Yuri Sagatov, Andriy Shapowal and Joaquin Targhetta were all named to the Honor Roll, along with departed seniors David Fitzmaurice, Mark Peters and Key Reid. Overall, Virginia had 241 student athletes named to the Honor Roll, second in the conference to only Duke (276).

THE OVERTIME KINGS: In the 1996 season, Virginia went to overtime six times but avoided the loss on each occasion. In fact, UVa has lost just once in overtime since the start of the 1991 season, going 13-1-7 in OT during that span. The Cavaliers have not lost in their last 11 overtime games, going 5-0-6. The last time Virginia lost an overtime contest was in 1994, when it was defeated by Duke 2-1 at Kloeckner Stadium.

FREE KICKS: By defeating Duke in the ACC Semifinals, the Cavaliers posted two victories over the Blue Devils in a single season for the first time ever ... Virginia went 8-0-0 in October this year, the first time it has been perfect in the month since 1991 ... The 6-1 win over Duke on Oct. 26 gave the Blue Devils their worst loss since they fell to Connecticut 6-1 in 1980 ... The Cavaliers are 5-1 all-time in postseason games that have been decided by penalty kicks (2-1 in the NCAAs).

UVa in the Polls

Virginia finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation by Soccer America, No. 10 by the NSCAA and No. 1 by Soccer News. Since the beginning of the 1984 season, the Cavaliers have been the top-ranked team in 69 of 147 Soccer America polls and 55 of 139 NSCAA polls (formerly the ISAA poll). Overall, Virginia has now been ranked in 150 consecutive NSCAA polls dating back to September of 1983 and 145 consecutive Soccer America polls, since September of 1984. For the year, the Cavaliers are the only team to be ranked in the top 10 of all three polls all season. Here is a look at where UVa has been ranked in each of the polls this year:
              NSCAA   Soccer America  Soccer News
Preseason       --        No. 1          No. 1
September 2   No. 1       No. 1          No. 1
September 9   No. 3       No. 2          No. 2
September 16  No. 4       No. 3          No. 4
September 23  No. 2       No. 2          No. 2
September 30  No. 1       No. 1          No. 1
October 7     No. 1       No. 1          No. 1
October 14    No. 1       No. 1          No. 1
October 21    No. 1       No. 1          No. 1
October 28    No. 1       No. 1          No. 1
November 4    No. 1       No. 1          No. 1
November 11   No. 1       No. 1          No. 1
November 18   No. 10      No. 3          No. 1

Updating the Record Books

Where the 1996 Cavaliers stand on the Virginia all-time lists:
Mike Fisher 1st in points (167)
              Old Record: Jeff Gaffney (155)
              1st in assists (55)
              Old Record: Damian Silvera (44)
              2nd in goals (56)
              next: Jeff Gaffney (69)
              2nd in game-winning goals (14)
              next: Ben Crawley (21)
              2nd in game-winning assists (16)
              next: Damian Silvera (18)
              4th in games played (94)
              next: Erik Imler (95)
Sean Feary  2nd in games played (96)
              next: Damian Silvera (98)
Billy Walsh 4th in game-winning goals (12)
              next: Mike Fisher (13)
              7th in assists (22)
              next: Brian Vernon (23)
              9th in points (74)
              next: Kris Kelderman (76)
Ben Olsen   5th in assists (25)
              next: Brad Agoos and Ben Crawley (33)   
              5th in game-winning assists (7)
              next: Brad Agoos (10)
Matt Leonard 9th in goals (28)
              next: Jay Meaney (33)

UVa Record Breakdown

When scoring first                                15-0-2
When leading at halftime                          12-0-0
When trailing at halftime                         0-1-1
When tied at halftime                             4-2-2
When game goes into overtime                      3-0-3
When attempting more shots than opponent          15-2-2
When attempting fewer shots than opponent         1-1-1
When attempting more corner kicks than opponent   14-2-3
When attempting fewer corner kicks than opponent  1-1-0
vs. Atlantic 10 Conference                        1-0-0
vs. Big East Conference                           1-0-0
vs. Big South Conference                          1-0-0
vs. Colonial Athletic Association                 3-2-0
vs. Conference USA                                1-0-0
vs. Ivy League                                    2-0-0
vs. Mountain Pacific Sports Federation            0-0-1
vs. Southern Conference                           2-0-0
When wearing white jerseys                        13-2-2
When wearing orange and blue striped jerseys      2-0-0
When wearing orange jerseys                       1-1-1
vs. ranked opponents                              3-1-1

1996 ACC Standings

School           ACC    Pct  Overall   Pct
Virginia        4-0-2  .833   16-3-3  .796
Maryland        2-2-2  .500   14-6-3  .674
Duke            3-3-0  .500   12-7-0  .632
Wake Forest     3-3-0  .500   12-7-1  .625
Clemson         2-3-1  .417   10-7-2  .579
North Carolina  2-3-1  .417    8-8-1  .500
N.C. State      1-3-2  .333    9-6-3  .583
ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAMS FIRST TEAM
Name School Pos Yr. Kyle Campbell N.C. State G Sr. Matt Chulis Virginia D So. Leo Cullen Maryland D Jr. Scott Vermillion Virginia D So. Mike Fisher Virginia M Sr. Ben Olsen Virginia M So. Carey Talley North Carolina M Jr. Josh Timbers Wake Forest M Sr. Serge Daniv Wake Forest F So. Brian Kelly Duke F Sr. Paul Stalteri Clemson F Fr.
SECOND TEAM
Name School Pos Yr. Matt Jordan Clemson G Jr. Danny Care Clemson D Sr. Ihor Dotsenko Wake Forest D Jr. Evan Whitfield Duke D So. Keith Beach Maryland M So. Jay Heaps Duke M So. Pablo Mastroeni N.C. State M Jr. Temoc Suarez North Carolina M Sr. Matt Leonard Virginia F Jr. Chris Welling N.C. State F Fr. Jeff Yenzer Clemson F Sr. Player of the Year: Mike Fisher, Virginia Rookie of the Year: Paul Stalteri, Clemson Coach of the Year: George Gelnovatch, Virginia