Virginia Hosts Johns Hopkins in 9th Battle for Doyle Smith Cup

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia returns home to Klockner Stadium Saturday when the Cavaliers (6-2) host Johns Hopkins (5-1) for a non-conference tilt in the battle for the Doyle Smith Cup. Faceoff is set for 4:30 p.m. UVa is ranked No. 10 in both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls. Johns Hopkins is ranked No. 8 in the media poll and No. 9 in the coaches poll.

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. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play, Doug Tarring will provide the game analysis and Jack Bird will be on the sideline. ESPNU will televise the game live in HD with Mike Corey bringing the play-by-play and former UVa All-American Matt Ward adding color analysis. The game will be simulcast via a web stream on ESPN3.

The game is the ninth annual battle for the Doyle Smith Cup, a spoil since 2006 that goes to the regular season winner in the series. Virginia and Johns Hopkins joined together to honor E. Doyle Smith, Jr., for his lifetime of contributions to the lacrosse programs at both schools and on the national level with the annual regular season winner laying claim to the cup. Smith served as team manager and statistician for Johns Hopkins under coach Bob Scott from 1963-68.

Smith enrolled at UVa to pursue a doctorate in the fall of 1968, and became the University's first full-time assistant sports information director, a position he held for 31 years until his retirement in 1999, serving as the lacrosse team's publicist for four head coaches: Buddy Beardmore, Glenn Thiel, Jim Adams and Dom Starsia. In 2000, he was elected to the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and is the only individual inducted who never played the game at some level.

Saturday marks the 68th straight season the Cavaliers and the Blue Jays have clashed in an all-time series that began in 1904. Johns Hopkins holds the all-time advantage with a 57-28-1 mark, however Virginia has won six of the last nine meetings, including a streak of six in a row before dropping the last three match-ups. Virginia's 86 all-time games against the Blue Jays equals the most games the Cavaliers have played against any opponent in their history.

Mark Cockerton leads UVa and the nation with 28 goals, while James Pannell is No. 2 on the team with 24 goals. Cockerton leads UVa and the nation with 38 points. Ryan Tucker rounds out the top goal scorers with 15 scores, while Owen Van Arsdale has a team-best 20 assists and 27 points. Mick Parks leads UVa with 35 ground balls, while Joseph Lisicky has caused 11 turnovers. Matt Barrett is saving 43.5 percent of shots between the pipes and is posting a 12.0 goals against average.

JHU head coach Dave Pietrmala is in his 14th season with the Blue Jays and is coming off a 9-5 season in 2013. JHU failed to make the NCAA Tournament in 2013, the first time that has happened on Charles Street in 42 years, snapping the longest such streak in all of college sports. Ryan Brown leads Johns Hopkins with 23 goals and 31 points. Wells Stanwick has a team-high 20 assists and 29 points. Brandon Benn rounds out the top scorers with 14 goals and 18 points. Drew Kennedy is winning 68.4 percent of his draws at the faceoff X and has a team-best 64 ground balls. Eric Schneider is saving 58.1 percent of shots he has faced in between the pipes and is posting an 8.1 goals against average.

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2014-03-21



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