Game Notes for the Division I First-Round Games on Sunday

Virginia in the NCAAs
This is Virginia's 35th NCAA Championships appearance.
Only Johns Hopkins has been to the tournament (41 times) more than the Cavaliers (Maryland has also made 35 appearances).
Virginia has a 47-29 all-time playoff record and is third in tournament wins behind Johns Hopkins (66), Syracuse (59).
Head coach Dom Starsia is 33-14 (.702) all-time at UVa in the NCAA Tournament, he went 2-5 in the NCAA Tournament at Brown for an overall record of 35-19 (.648) in his career.
Steele Stanwick has 49 career points in 10 career NCAA Tournament games for an average of 4.9 points per game in NCAA Tournament play.
Stanwick has 20 goals and 29 assists in NCAA Tournament play, and has at least one NCAA game in each of his three seasons where he has registered five assists - 2009 vs. Johns Hopkins in quarterfinals, 2010 vs. Mount St. Mary's in the first round and 2011 vs. Bucknell in the first round.
Chris Bocklet has 21 goals in 7 NCAA starts and has six hat tricks in seven NCAA starts.

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#7-Seed Lehigh vs. Maryland [notes from Lehigh]

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Following a historic regular season, Lehigh will play its first-ever NCAA Tournament game on Sunday night when the seventh-seeded Mountain Hawks host Maryland at 7:30 p.m. at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

The game will air live nationally on ESPNU and ESPN3.com with Joe Beninati and Ryan Boyle on the call. Lehigh is the first Patriot League team to host a first round game since Navy in 2005. Sunday's winner will face the winner of #2 Johns Hopkins and Stony Brook next Saturday in Annapolis, Md.

Sunday's game is sold out. The Ulrich Sports Complex record came this season vs. Bucknell (2,096) while Sunday has a chance to shatter that mark.

The Mountain Hawks wrapped up their first Patriot League Tournament Title with a thrilling 16-14 win over Colgate last Sunday, April 29. Lehigh's offense has come alive of late, scoring 45 goals over its last three games to up its season average to 10.50. That figure is more than last season's 10.44 average which led the Patriot League.

Junior Dante Fantoni has been a big reason why, posting 14 points over his last three games, including nine in the Patriot League Tournament to earn Tournament MVP honors. He's all the way up to 41 points for the season (22 goals, 19 assists), second on the team behind classmate David DiMaria's 44 (22 goals, 22 assists).

DiMaria was also named to the All-Tournament Team, along with fellow juniors Mike Noone and Ryan Snyder. Lehigh avenged a heartbreaking 11-10 overtime loss to Colgate during the regular season, going up 16-11 with 11:03 remaining to erase much doubt. The Raiders scored the final three goals, but didn't pull within two until 23 seconds to go. The win came over a strong Colgate team, who went on to beat Sunday's opponent (Maryland) in its regular season finale to earn an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Lehigh is 1-0 against the ACC this year, earning an 9-8 victory over then fourth-ranked North Carolina back on Mar. 3. That pushed the Mountain Hawks into the national rankings for the first time as they've stayed there ever since, coming in as high as #4 in this week's USILA Coaches Poll. The Mountain Hawks are 6-0 in night games this season, all against foes ranked - in one or both of the national polls at the time of the game - Penn, UNC, Penn State, Navy, Bucknell and Army.

If Lehigh beats Maryland on Sunday, it would give the school an NCAA Tournament win in football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse during the 2011-12 academic year. Football defeated Towson, 40-38 before falling in the National Quarterfinals while men's basketball earned a historic 75-70 upset over #2 seed Duke, becoming only the sixth-ever 15 seed to win a tournament game and first to lead its ensuing game at the half (Mountain Hawks led Xavier 37-33 after 20 minutes).

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