UVa Heads to Syracuse Friday for Clash of Titans

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - This week Syracuse and Virginia became the second duo to ever share the No. 1 ranking in the USILA Coaches' Poll. On Friday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. they meet as co-No. 1's at the Carrier Dome in their annual regular-season clash. It's the fourth straight year the Orange and Cavaliers carry perfect records into the pairing. Syracuse is 2-0 with wins over Denver and Army. Virginia is 4-0 and coming off a 22-6 thrashing of VMI on Monday.

Tickets are available online (SUathletics.com), over the phone (1-888-DOMETIX), or in person at the Carrier Dome Box Office during normal business hours. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 12 and under. Students and 'Cuse Kids Club members get in free will valid ID cards. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and arrive to Dome on Friday as a large crowd is expected.

Fans that do not have a season or individual game parking pass are strongly encouraged to park in the Manley Field House North and South lots ($10 per car) and take a free shuttle to and from College Place to avoid delays in attending the game. Manley lots will open at 3:00 p.m. (Take Route 81 to the Brighton Ave. exit or Route 481 to the Brighton Ave./Rock Cut Rd. exit and follow the signs.)

The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU. Fans can also hear the action live on the radio home of the Orange - TK 99 (99.5 FM). Live streaming audio is available on SUathletics.com as part of Orange All-Access.

Tied at the Top

Syracuse and Virginia both received 175 points to tie for the top spot in the latest USILA Coaches Poll released on Feb. 28. It's just the second time since 1973 that there has been a tie atop the coaches' rankings. The only other occasion was in 1985 when Syracuse and Johns Hopkins were both ranked No. 1 at the end of the regular season. A little more than two weeks later, the Orange and Blue Jays squared off as co-No. 1's for the national championship. Johns Hopkins won the game 11-4 and the Blue Jays claimed the top spot in the season's final poll. Syracuse was second.

Desko vs. Starsia

SU head coach John Desko and Virginia head coach Dom Starsia are two of the top active coaches in the game. Desko is first among active Division I coaches in career winning percentage (.772). Starsia is fourth on that list (.739). Starsia owns the second-most wins by an active head coach (320). Desko is 13th with 149. Desko and Starsia are two of the four active coaches that have won at least three NCAA titles and they have combined for eight total (Desko - 5, Starsia - 3). Desko is 7-9 in head-to-head meetings with Starsia since taking the Orange reigns in 1999.

Winningest Active Goalies Go Head-To

Friday's game is also a matchup of the two winningest active goalies in Division I lacrosse. SU senior John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) has 46 career victories, tops among active netminders, and the fourth-highest total in NCAA history. Virginia senior Adam Ghitelman is second on the active list with 41 wins, which ties him for eighth all-time. Both players have started since their rookie season of 2008. Ghitelman is 3-1 head-to-head against Galloway, but Galloway has led Syracuse to two national championships in three seasons.

Desko Coming of Age

Redshirt junior Tim Desko (Syracuse, N.Y.) is stepping up offensively in his third season. Desko is tied with sophomore JoJo Marasco for the team lead this season with five goals. After notching 10 career two-goal games, Desko broke through with his first career hat trick against Army on Feb. 27. Desko's third goal of the contest snapped an Orange scoring drought that had reached more than 26 minutes and made the score 10-7 in the fourth quarter.

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