Via UVa Sports Information

The No. 5/6 Cavaliers, ranked in the top six of all four major polls, take on the No. 15/16 Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins in a key south regional matchup at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md. on Saturday, April 14 at noon. Virginia enters the game with an 11-2 record (2-2, ACC) against the nation’s fourth-toughest schedule as ranked by lacrossedraw.com. The Blue Jays (7-5, 0-1 ALC) have played the nation’s seventh-toughest schedule.

Virginia and Johns Hopkins have played just once in school history, in the 2005 NCAA first round in Charlottesville, Va. The Cavaliers escaped with a 10-8 come-from-behind victory. In 2007, Virginia and Johns Hopkins have both faced Princeton, Georgetown and Maryland; the Cavaliers have won all three games (PU: 9-7, GU: 14-7; MD: 15-4) while the Blue Jays have lost all three games (PU: 10-11 ot; GU: 13-16; MD 15-22)

The Cavaliers rank 15th nationally in scoring offense (13 goals per game). Virginia is led by Kate Breslin, who has already hit career highs of 39 goals and 20 assists in her fourth-year. She ranks 14th nationally in points per game (4.53). In addition, she ranks 10th all-time in points and goals as a fourth-year and seventh in assists. Blair Weymouth, the 2006 National Rookie of the Year, ranks second on Virginia’s team with 33 goals and 16 assists for 49 points. She ranks seventh all-time at Virginia for scoring as a second-year, passing Breslin’s total of 48. Ashley McCulloch’s 17 assists is more than her total points from 2006; she ranks second on the team and seventh all-time in school history as a second-year.

The Cavalier midfield is patrolled by captain Jess Wasilewski, who started on the 2004 national championship team and has been a significant part of the Cavalier side since her first year. Joining her in the midfield is US team member Megan O’Malley. In addition, first-years Brittany Kalkstein and Kaitlin Duff are making a name for themselves as first-years. Kalkstein is coming off an impressive outing against Georgetown in which she won nine draws, one of the highest totals in the nation this season. She leads the Cavaliers with 38 draws and ranks in the top-15 nationally–she is the top rookie in this category. Close behind her is Duff, whose 28 ranks second on the team. Duff also leads the Cavaliers in ground balls (30) and caused turnovers (16).

Virginia, long known for its stalwart defense, again ranks in the top-10 nationally. The Cavaliers are allowing less than eight goals a game, led by starting keeper Kendall McBrearty, who ranks eighth in goals-against average. Jessy Morgan, Claire Bordley, and Jen Holden are averaging 59 minutes a game and have combined to form one of the most formidable line defenses in the nation. Virginia will need to keep down the nation’s leading scorer in Mary Key, who is averaging over seven points a game. The senior already ranks in the top-10 all-time in Division I history with over 300 points, including 81 this season (44g, 37a).