|Game 5: Tigers at #1 Virginia|
|Date & Time||Mar. 14, 2009 | 1 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Klφckner Stadium (8,000)|
|Tickets||Virginia Ticket Office | 800-542-UVA1|
|Talent||Spiro Morekas (PXP), Greg LaCour (Color)|
|Game Notes||Towson | Virginia|
|2009 Stats||Towson | Virginia|
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING TICKETS AND PARKING FOR SATURDAY: Due to the anticipated attendance and a baseball game at Davenport Field between Virginia and Florida State taking place at the same time as the men's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online prior to Saturday's game by visiting the Virginia Ticket Office online at virginiasports.com. Parking will also be available in the University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena parking lots near the stadium.
Towson-Virginia Game Preview
Playing their second straight Atlantic Coast Conference opponent, the Tigers will head to Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday afternoon to face the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers at Klφckner Stadium. Opening face-off is set for 1 p.m.
It will be the 16th all-time meeting between the Tigers and the Cavaliers in a series which Virginia leads by an 11-4 margin.
Now 1-3 on the season, the Tigers are coming off a tough 9-7 loss against 8th-ranked Maryland in their home opener on Saturday. Senior attackman Bill McCutcheon scored a goal and added a career-high three assists for the Tigers while senior midfielder Justin Schneider had two goals and an assist.
The Cavaliers bring a perfect 8-0 record into Saturday’s game against the Tigers following a 16-4 victory over Vermont on Tuesday night.
The game will be broadcast over the radio on WTMD-FM 89.7, Towson University’s award-winning campus radio station. Spiro Morekas, 83 is in his 19th season as the Tigers’ play-by-play voice for men’s lacrosse while Greg LaCour, 81 is in his third season as the men’s lacrosse color analyst.
In addition, the game will be streamed online on ACCSelect.com while live stats are available on VirginiaSports.com(.)
A Win Over Virginia Would ...
give the Tigers a 2-3 record and snap their two-game losing streak.
snap a 15-game losing streak against ACC opponents. Prior to Saturday, the Tigers’ last win over an ACC foe was against Maryland in the 2001 NCAA Quarter-Finals.
snap an eight-game losing streak against the Cavaliers.
be the Tigers’ third win over a top-ranked opponent in program history and the first since the 1992 season.
give Towson Coach Tony Seaman his 248th career victory, including his 84th as the Tigers’ coach.
Previewing the Cavaliers
Ranked number one in the USILA Division I Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, the Cavaliers enter Saturday’s game against the Tigers with an 8-0 record following a 16-4 victory over Vermont on Tuesday evening.
In the victory over the Catamounts, the Cavaliers had 13 different players score a goal while 15 players recorded a point. Steele Stanwick scored two goals with two assists while Brian Carroll added a “hat trick” with a three-goal, one-assist effort.
Senior attackman Garrett Billings leads the Cavaliers with 21 goals and 10 assists. Meanwhile, Stanwick has added 15 goals with 11 assists.
Towson vs. Virginia - The Series
Saturday’s game between the Tigers and the Cavaliers will mark the 16th all-time meeting in a series which Virginia leads by a commanding 11-4 margin.
After last year’s 18-13 victory over the Tigers at Unitas Stadium, the Cavaliers have won eight straight games in the series, dating back to the 2001 season. During that current eight-game win streak, the Cavaliers have averaged 12.9 goals per game while holding the Tigers to an average of 7.25 goals per contest.
Towson’s last victory in the series came on May 15, 1991 in a 14-13 decision at Klockner Stadium in the NCAA Tournament. It was also the Tigers’ second straight win in the series.
The Tigers and the Cavaliers first met on April 29, 1972 in Charlottesville in a game which Virginia won by a 15-9 margin. The teams met on an annual basis from 1972-1977 until a 14-year hiatus. The annual series resumed on a yearly basis in 2001.
Of the Tigers’ four wins in the series, two of them have been by one goal. The Tigers defeated Virginia by 11-10 on May 4, 1977 before the one-goal victory in the 1991 NCAA Tournament.
Towson Coach Tony Seaman has a 5-13 all-time record against the Cavaliers, but has lost all eight meetings with the Cavaliers since joining the Tigers in 1999.
Virginia Coach Dom Starsia has an 8-0 record against the Tigers as the Cavaliers’ leader.
On This Date in Tiger Lacrosse History: March 14
The Tigers will be playing on March 14 for the fifth time in their 51-year lacrosse history when they face the Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon. However, they have not played on this date since the 1998 season.
The Tigers have a 2-2 record on games played on March 14. They are 1-1 against the University of Maryland and dropped a 16-8 decision against Johns Hopkins in 1979.
Led by five goals and three assists from Matt Clune, the Tigers earned a 24-13 victory over Hartford at Minnegan Stadium on March 14, 1998. The Tigers broke open a three-goal margin in the second half by scoring 13 goals in the second half. Steve Preis and Spencer Ford also scored four goals in the victory.
In 1992, the Tigers handed the 9th-ranked Terrapins a 13-9 loss at Byrd Stadium. Steve Carcaterra and John Blatchley each scored three goals with an assist in the victory for the 9th-ranked Tigers.
The Tigers dropped a 16-10 decision against Maryland at Byrd Stadium on March 14, 1997. It was the Tigers’ season opener as Jeff Peek scored two goals with two assists, but Maryland scored seven straight goals to earn the victory and deny the Tigers the 200th win in program history.
Last Meeting vs. Virginia: UVA 18, Towson 13
Garrett Billings, the nation’s second-leading scorer, tallied two goals with a career-high four assists as second-ranked Virginia extended its win streak to eight straight games with an 18-13 victory over the Tigers in last year’s meeting at Unitas Stadium.
After battling to a 7-7 tie at the intermission, the Cavaliers scored five straight goals to open up a 12-7 advantage. The Tigers closed within 12-9 on back-to-back goals before the Cavaliers regained a five-goal edge at the end of the third quarter.
The Tigers were able to narrow the margin to 15-13 midway through the fourth quarter before the Cavaliers secured the victory with three goals in the final six minutes.
Attackman Ben Rubeor scored three goals with two assists while Gavin Gill contributed two goals with three assists. Goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman made 14 saves, including 10 in the second half, as the Cavaliers held Towson to just 36 shots.
Eric Boyle led the Tigers in the loss with a career-high five-point effort, scoring two goals with a career-high three assists. Meanwhile, Jonathan Engelke added three goals with an assist and Bill McCutcheon tallied three goals.
Senior goalkeeper Billy Sadtler made a career-high 11 saves in the loss.
Tigers vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference
The Tigers will be facing a team for the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second straight week and the 76th time in the program’s 51-year history. The Tigers lost to 8th-ranked Maryland last Saturday by a 9-7 margin in their home opener at Unitas Stadium.
The Tigers have posted a 21-54 record (.280) against the four current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, they only have a winning record against Duke, winning seven of the eight all-time meetings against the Blue Devils.
The Tigers have also faced an ACC team in the NCAA Tournament six times and have a 4-2 record against the ACC in postseason play.
The Tigers faced the University of North Carolina in the 1991 NCAA Championship Game with the Tar Heels earning an 18-13 victory over Towson. It was the first time a Towson team had appeared in an NCAA Championship Game as a Division I program in any sport.
The Tigers have lost 15 straight games against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Don’t I Know You From Somewhere??
There are not many connections between the Tigers and the Cavaliers when looking at the roster. However, a quartet of former St. Paul’s School alums will square off on Saturday when the teams collide in Charlottesville.
Senior midfielder Kyle Smedley will face off against former St. Paul’s School teammates Kyle Menendez, Gavin Gill and Chris Clements.
Gill and Smedley led the Crusaders to the MIAA A’ Conference title in 2004 as juniors. Menendez and Clements were also teammates of the duo.
Maryland 9, Towson 7 - Upon Review
The Tigers dropped their second straight game with a 9-7 setback against eighth-ranked Maryland on Saturday afternoon.
The loss spoiled the Tigers’ home opener and improved the Terrapins’ all-time record to 14-0 at Towson.
With the win, the Terrapins have now won eight straight games over the Tigers in the series and are now 26-5 all-time against Towson. The Tigers’ last win in the series came in 2001.
Senior midfielder Justin Schneider recorded the third two-goal game of his college career by scoring both of the Tigers’ goals in the first half. He also added an assist in the loss.
Senior attackman Bill McCutcheon continued his solid start to the season, scoring a goal with three assists. The three assists are a career high.
With his three assists against Maryland, McCutcheon surpassed his season assist total from last year. He has seven assists in four games after just six assists in 14 games last year.
Junior midfielder Pat Britton scored his first goal as a Tiger in the loss against Maryland, an extra-man goal in the fourth quarter. Britton transferred to Towson after two years at Robert Morris.
Facing Number One
The Tigers will be facing the nation’s top-ranked team for the 21st time in the program’s Division I history when they travel to Virginia on Saturday afternoon. It will be the first game against the number one-ranked team since the 2007 season.
The Tigers have struggled against the nation’s highest-ranked team, winning just two of 21 games. Their last victory against a top-ranked team came on April 4, 1992 in an 8-7 overtime victory against Charles Street rival Loyola College at then-Minnegan Stadium.
Both of the Tigers’ wins over top-ranked opponents have occurred at home and have been in an overtime game. The Tigers also defeated Johns Hopkins by a 9-8 margin in double overtime on May 6, 1989 when Glenn Smith scored off a pass from John Blatchley.
The Blue Jays have served as the opponent in 10 of the Tigers’ 21 games against the number one-ranked team in NCAA Division I.
The Tigers have also faced the nation’s top-ranked team four times in the NCAA Tournament. Most recently, the Tigers dropped a 14-6 decision against Cornell in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.