Virginia Men’s Lacrosse || Virginia hosts North Carolina in Saturday’s rematch – Natural Self Esteem

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— No. 7 Virginia (7-2, 3-0 ACC) takes on No. 15/16 North Carolina (7-3, 0-2 ACC) in a regular-season rematch – presented by UVA Health – at Kloeckner Stadium on Saturday ( 9th April). The opening faceoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on ESPNU. The two teams previously met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on March 10 as UVA took the best of the Tar Heels 15-11.

At halftime, Virginia honors its 1972 and 2011 national championship teams. The 1972 team celebrates its 50th birthdayth Anniversary of his championship run, which was also UVA’s first NCAA championship (third overall). The 2011 team, which won the program’s fifth NCAA tournament (seventh overall), was originally scheduled to be honored last season but was unable to do so due to COVID-19 protocols.


PARK

  • Fans planning to attend Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game should park on the JPJ South Lot as normal. Parking is also available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage.
  • The JPJ Garage, West Lot and East Lot will not be open to men’s lacrosse-goers on Saturday.

ACTIONS

  • The Gus Bus, The Spot’s official food truck, will be on site serving the famous “Gus Burgers”.
  • Fans are invited to stay with the team for an autograph session after Saturday’s game has ended.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

3. Virginia is aiming to become only the third NCAA men’s lacrosse program to win three consecutive national titles in 2022, which would place it in a category with Princeton (1996-98) and Johns Hopkins (1978-80).

14 Virginia has won its last 14 games after losing in the same season. UVA is 18-2 under Lars Tiffany after one loss. Virginia’s only straight loss came in 2017, Tiffany’s first year at UVA.

16 Graduate attacker Matt Moore needs just 16 points to become the all-time points leader in program history. Moore currently has 254 career points (133 goals and 121 assists). Steele Stanwick currently holds the program record with 269 career points.

THE SERIES VS. NORTH CAROLINA

  • Saturday’s competition marks the 89thth All-time meeting between the Cavaliers and North Carolina.
  • Virginia leads the all-time series on the Tar Heels, 56-32.
  • The Cavaliers’ 56 victories over UNC is UVA’s most over any other program of all time.
  • Virginia has won six of their last seven meetings, including the last three.
  • The two teams faced each other three times last season, with Virginia winning 2 of 3, including in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, which the Cavaliers won 12-11 on May 29, 2021.
  • Despite five unanswered UNC first-half goals in a 3:38 span, Virginia limited the Tar Heels to just one goal in the second half as the Cavaliers won 15-11 in the two teams’ last meeting on March 10, 2022 in Chapel Hill.

LAST TIME-OUT

  • The Cavaliers fell 5:13 in Richmond last Saturday (April 2).
  • Virginia was led by attackers Payton Cormier (5g) and Connor Shellenberger (1g, 3a).
  • Petey LaSalla won the first seven faceoffs and finished the game 9-of-10 before exiting the game late in the first quarter with an upper-limb injury.
  • The win marked the Spiders’ first win over UVA in series history. The Cavaliers lead UR 7-1 in the all-time series.

UVA ON THE GREEN LAWN OF THE KLOCKNER STADION

  • Virginia holds a record of 163-43 (.791) at Klöckner Stadium, including a 5-0 mark in 2022, and has won 21 of the last 25 games played at the historic building. UVA is also 13-3 all-time at Klöckner Stadium in NCAA tournament games.
  • Virginia is 37-11 all-time at Kloeckner Stadium under head coach Lars Tiffany.
  • Lacrosse made its debut at Kloeckner Stadium in 1993.

VIRGINIA’S 7-2 START TO THE SEASON

  • Virginia got off to the best start since 2012 ahead of their second loss of the season in Richmond (April 2).
  • Virginia, now 7-2, also won seven of its first nine games in 2018, 2019, and 2021. In 2019 and 2021, UVA won its eighth and ninth national championships, respectively.

TEAMS GRAINED BY LARS-TIFFANY REACT AFTER A PUBLISHERS

  • Virginia is 18-2 under Lars Tiffany in games after a loss (same season).
  • Tiffany and the Cavaliers are also winners of their last 14 games from a loss (same season), a streak that began on March 6, 2018.
  • Tiffany’s only straight loss that same season was in his freshman year as head coach in 2017.

CONNOR SHELLENBERGER IS ELITE

  • Connor Shellenberger is currently third in the nation in assists (3.56/gm) and points (6.00/gm).
  • Shellenberger, who has at least a point in all 27 career games, ended his 12-game streak with at least five points after scoring four points (1g, 3a) in Richmond (April 2).
  • Shellenberger has multiple assists in 22 of his 27 career games, including all nine of UVA’s games this season.
  • Shellenberger has had at least one assist in 26 of his 27 career games.
  • He is the only player in Division I to average at least 2.4 goals per game and 3.6 assists per game.
  • Shellenberger and North Carolina forward Chris Gray are the only two active Division I players to have averaged at least 2.2 goals per game and 2.7 assists per game in their careers.

HOOS IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS

  • Virginia is currently second in the nation in ground balls (38.44/g) and opposing clear percentage (.749), fourth in points (24.56/g) and scoring offense (15.67/g), fifth in shot percentage (.337) , seventh in assists (8.89/gm) and tenth in win rate (.778).
  • Next to Shellenberger (see above), Cole Kastner is in third place in terms of turnover (2.78/g). Payton Cormier is ninth in goals (3.33/gm) and Petey LaSalla is 10thth in faceoff win percentage (0.601).

AT THE HORIZON

  • Virginia travels to Duke on Thursday, April 14 for its second ACC road competition of the season.
  • The opening game from Koskinen Stadium is scheduled for 18:00 on ACC Network.

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