Stage Is Set for Battle Between No. 8 UVa and No. 3 Cornell

The Virginia Cavaliers (5-1) are ranked No. 8 in this week's USILA coaches poll and are coming off a home win on Tuesday over Vermont. Next up for UVa is the Cornell Big Red (4-0), ranked No. 3 in the coaches' poll.

The 2013 edition of the series returns the match-up to campus sites after the last two regular-season meetings were played in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium as part of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. Faceoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Series vs. the Big Red

The 2013 season marks the fifth-straight season the Cavaliers and Big Red have faced each other in a series in which UVa holds a 9-3 all-time advantage. The series began during the regular season in 1971, a game contested in Charlottesville. The next five meetings took place in the NCAA Tournament before the next regular season match-up, a 2009 contest at Klöckner Stadium.

Ben DeLuca is in his third season as the Big Red's head coach, taking over a program in 2011 that he spent 16 years with as a player and assistant coach. DeLuca is 27-7 so far as a collegiate head coach, guiding the Big Red to the 2011 Ivy League title. Of his seven career losses, three have come at the hands of the Cavaliers.

Five Things You Need to Know

• While UVa and Cornell have met four previous times in Charlottesville, Sunday will only be the second meeting at Klöckner Stadium, the first was in 2009. The previous three games in Charlottesville all took place prior to the venue's creation in 1993.

• Cornell's Connor English was a two-year letterwinner at UVa (2010 & 2011) - UVa's James Pannell is the younger brother of CU's Rob Pannell.

• Mark Cockerton has 20 goals in five games this season, which comes out to 4.00 goals per game and ranks No. 1 in the nation.

• Scott McWilliams is No. 2 in the nation with 17 caused turnovers and a 2.8 caused turnovers per game average.

• Chris LaPierre is the first solo captain at Virginia since 1981 when Steve Kraus was captain for head coach Jim Adams.

The Series vs. Cornell

• Virginia holds a 9-3 advantage in the all-time series vs. Cornell.

• Virginia holds the 5-0 lead in the all-time series when its played during the regular season.

• All three of Cornell's wins against UVa have come in the NCAA Tournament where UVa holds a narrow series advantage, 4-3, in postseason play.

• UVa's 11-9 win over Cornell in 2011's Face-Off Classic and its 9-8 overtime win in the 2012 Face-Off Classic are the only two regular season neutrual site meetings in the series.

• The other four neutrual site meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament.

• The two teams met for the first time during the 1971 regular season with the Cavaliers winning 10-9 at home.

• Besides the 2011 & 2012 Face-Off Classics, the 2010 game in Ithaca and the 2009 meeting at Klöckner Stadium, all the other match-ups have occurred in the NCAA Tournament (1974, '79, '80, '88, '02, '09, '11), including the 2011 NCAA quarterfinal round.

• The 1988 and 2009 games occurred in the semifinals, while all remaining NCAA meetings were quarterfinal match-ups.

• Of the eight other programs to win the NCAA title, Virginia has faced Cornell the fewest times. Only Loyola (Md.) is close with 16 meetings.

• Virginia gained an 11-10 win in the '02 quarterfinals at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

• Conor Gill was the star that day for Virginia. He scored the team's first goal and assisted on the final nine. His nine assists are an NCAA Tournament record.

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2013-03-08



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