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

The 2010 game marked UVa's first trip to Ithaca, N.Y., since the 1974 NCAA Tournament, a 15-8 setback.

UVa had a balanced attack in the 2010 triumph, 12-4.

Colin Briggs had three goals to earn MVP honors of the Face-Off Classic contest against Cornell on March 12, 2011, then scored the overtime goal to beat the Big Red 9-8 during the 2012 Face-Off Classic.

Cornell Is No Stranger to Starsia

Virginia head coach Dom Starsia knows the Cornell program well dating back to his days as a player in the Ivy League at Brown.

As a player there from 1971-74 and later Brown's coach from 1983-92, he went up against the Big Red on an annual basis.

As a varsity lacrosse player from 1972-74, the Bears won once and lost twice to Cornell.

Starsia later led Brown to five wins against Cornell in 10 games as head coach at his alma mater.

He is now 6-1 against Cornell as the head coach at Virginia.

Starsia's 2011 NCAA meeting with Cornell was one of historic record - the 13-9 win in the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinal round gave him 327 career victories as a head coach, pushing him past the iconic Jack Emmer for most triumphs at a Division I school.

The win came at Hofstra, roughly seven miles from where Starsia grew up in Valley Stream, N.Y., and on the same field he coached his very first game as a college head coach at Brown - the game ironically was against Virginia on March 13, 1983.

No Middle Ground

One of the characteristics of the series between the two schools seems to be there is no middle ground-the games are either extremely tight or routs

Four of Virginia's nine wins have been by one goal (including Randy Natoli's extraman goal 47 seconds into overtime for a 9-8 win in 1980), while all three of Cornell's victories have been by at least seven goals. The Cavaliers' other wins were by seven (1979), four (2009), eight (2010), two (2011) and four (2011 NCAA QF).

Cornell's 17-6 win in the 1988 national semifinals represents Virginia's largest loss in NCAA Tournament play and stood as UVa's only loss by more than 10 goals until 2005.

Curiously, Virginia has won nine of the 12 games in the series but has only outscored Cornell 124-122 all-time.

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2013-03-08



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