March 4, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers, who advanced to the NCAA tournament last year, start the 1998 lacrosse season ranked fourth in the IWLCA Preseason Poll. This is the lowest start for the Cavaliers this decade. Virginia looks to improve on a 14-4 finish last season. In 1997, the Cavaliers ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense and return nine of twelve starters, including three All-Americans. The 1997 captains, Kara Ariza, Peggy Boutilier, and Beth Potter were all All-Americans last year while Boutilier was named Player of the Year.
The Cavaliers travel to William and Mary for a tournament on Saturday where they will face 1997 Division III Runner-up College of New Jersey, 1990 Division I Champion Harvard, #12 Brown, and Syracuse, a new program. The Cavaliers will also face off against the 1997 World Champion United States squad. All of these games are exhibitions and will not count in records.
The Preseason IWLCA Poll is as follows (with 1997 records, poll points, and first place votes)
1. Maryland 21-1 180 (9) 2. North Carolina 14-4 161 3. Temple 14-3 155 4. Virginia 14-5 152 5. Princeton 7-7 138 6. Penn State 10-6 133 7. Loyola 15-3 132 8. William & Mary 10-6 116 9. James Madison 13-4 106 10. Georgetown 9-8 98 11. Dartmouth 10-4 91 12. Brown 10-4 70 13. Yale 12-5 67 14. Duke 8-8 58 15. Rutgers 12-5 50 Also receiving votes: Old Dominion, Delaware, Towson, Harvard, Vanderbilt
Blundin Joining Elite Group at UVAFootball10/28/16At halftime Saturday at Scott Stadium, Matt Blundin will become the 24th former UVA football player to have his jersey retired.Success Won't Change Cavaliers' MentalityMen's Basketball10/27/16Virginia, which reached the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight in 2015-16, was picked to finish third in the ACC this season.Morse Making Seamless Transition at UVAWomen's Soccer10/26/16Midfielder Zoe Morse has played the most of any freshman for No. 8 Virginia, which closes the regular season Thursday night at Louisville.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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