No. 4 UVa Hosts Sat. Clash with No. 8 Syracuse in ACC Opener

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia returns home on Saturday as the Cavaliers (5-0, 0-0 ACC) host the Syracuse Orange (2-1, 0-1 ACC) in UVa's ACC opener. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium. UVa is ranked No. 4 this week in both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls. Syracuse is No. 6 in the media poll and No. 8 in the coaches poll.

Fans attending Saturday's Virginia men's lacrosse game against Syracuse (March 1 at 7:30 p.m.) should be aware of traffic exiting the men's basketball game. Fans attending the men's lacrosse game will be able to park in open spaces in the University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena surface lots. Parking for the men's lacrosse game will also be available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage.

Live stats of the game will be available at VirginiaSports.com. There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM, which will be simulcast as an audio webcast for a subscription cost on VirginiaSports.com through Cavaliers Live. Luke Neer will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the game analysis. ESPN3 will televise the game live in HD with Eamon McAnaney bringing the play-by-play, Quint Kessenich adding color analysis and Paul Carcaterra reporting from the sideline. The game will run on a delay on ESPNU and will air at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning (March 2).

The Cavaliers and Orange are meeting for the 30th time in series history, but are playing each other for the first time as part of ACC play after Syracuse officially joined the league this academic year. Virginia has won eight of the last 11 regular-season meetings, including the last three at Klöckner Stadium. UVa owns the narrow 15-14 margin in the all-time series between two programs that have won four of the last eight NCAA titles.

Syracuse came away with a 9-8 win in overtime the last time these programs met at the Carrier Dome in 2013. UVa trailed 8-6 in the fourth quarter, but rode back-to-back goals from Charlie Streep and Matt White to force the overtime. After UVa won the overtime faceoff and White's shot attempt was saved by goalie Bobby Wardwell, Kevin Rice ended the affair with a goal with 1:00 left in the extra frame. It was the first time in 29 meetings between UVa and Syracuse where both teams failed to reach double figures in goals scored.

Mark Cockerton leads the nation with 18 goals and 24 points, while James Pannell has 15 goals and 19 points. Ryan Tucker rounds out the top goal scorers with 10, while Owen Van Arsdale has a team-best 12 assists and 18 points. Mick Parks leads UVa with 13 ground balls, while Joseph Lisicky has 11 caused turnovers. Matt Barrett is saving 48.0 percent of shots in between the pipes and is posting a 10.70 goals against average.

Syracuse head coach John Desko is in his 16th year at Syracuse where the Orange have won five NCAA national championships under his direction. Dylan Donahue leads Syracuse with 12 goals and 17 points. Rice leads the Orange with 11 assists, while Chris Daddio is winning 55.7 percent (39 of 70) of his faceoffs. Dominic Lamolinara has started all three games between the pipes, saving 48.8 percent of shots against him and posting a 15.79 goals against average. Wardwell has seen the most time in goal for the Orange, saving 57.9 percent of shots against him and posting a 10.59 goals against average.

UVa returns to action on March 8 when the Cavaliers travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to face the Cornell Big Red.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Orange (2-1, 0-1 ACC) ventures to Charlottesville, Va. for its first road test of the season against the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers (5-0, 0-0 ACC) Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. under the lights at Klöckner Stadium. For the first time in series history, the match-up is a conference game as Syracuse is a newly-minted member of the ACC.

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