Teams - Princeton and Virginia
2013 Record: 9-6
Lost 2013 Ivy League Championship to Yale 8-12
The 2013 Tigers had one of the highest scoring offenses in Division I and in program history, had two wins over top 10 teams and advanced to the Ivy League tournament final. The Princeton men's lacrosse team will be adding 11 players this coming school year, when the Class of 2017 arrives to join a team that graduated only five seniors in 2013.
Princeton will bring in three attackmen, four middies (including one face-off man) and four defensemen.
The Class of 2017 represents eight states and one Canadian province, including San Francisco native Alistair Berven, a defenseman who played at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.
About Princeton University Head Coach Chris Bates
Chris Bates has led Princeton to two Ivy league championships, two NCAA tournaments and three Ivy League tournament finals, including one championship, in his first four years. Bates led Princeton to the outright Ivy League championship and into the NCAA tournament in 2012. In his first three seasons, he has now won two Ivy titles and made two NCAA tournament appearances.
Faced with the often-difficult task of replacing a Hall of Fame coach, Bates has coached 13 first-team All-Ivy and 14 All-America selection in his first four years. He has also coached the Ivy League Player of the Year once and the Rookie of the Year three times in four years. His career record in 14 years as a head coach is 105-95, including 35-24 at Princeton. The 2013 Tigers had one of the highest scoring offenses in Division I and in program history, had two wins over top 10 teams and advanced to the Ivy League tournament final.
Bates took Princeton to a share of the ivy League title, the championship of the first-ever Ivy league tournament and a spot in the NCAA tournament in 2010, his first with the Tigers. The 2012 Tigers outscored their six Ivy opponents 81-35 while putting together the first 6-0 Ivy record for the team since 2001. Princeton reached double figures in all six Ivy games, marking the sixth time in program history that the team has done so in every Ivy game.
Before coming to Princeton, Bates spent 10 years as the head coach at Drexel, where he went 70-71, with 14 wins his first three years, 25 his next four and 31 his last three. Bates is a 1990 graduate of Dartmouth, where he played attack and midfield and earned All-Ivy League honors. He was 1-3 as a player against Princeton, including an 11-4 loss in 1990 in the third-to-last game of his college career. Princeton would go on in 1990 to make the program's first NCAA tournament appearance; Princeton has played in 18 of the last 20 NCAA tournaments and won six championships.
University of Virginia
2013 Record: 7-8
Lost 2013 ACC Championship to North Carolina 13-16
While the Cavaliers lost the ACC Championship game to #1 North Carolina 13-16, they ended the season with their rookie defenseman from Denver, Tanner Scales, being named ACC Freshman of the Year. In addition, five Virginia players were named USILA All America selections. The incoming freshman class includes four Under Armour High School All America Selections, including San Francisco native Matt Emery of St. Ignatius High School, who will join his older brother, Rob Emery, as part of the UVA squad this fall.
About University of Virginia Head Coach Dom Starsia
Widely regarded as one of the best teachers, motivators and tacticians in the game, Dom Starsia has completed 21 seasons at the helm of the Virginia men's lacrosse program. Under Starsia's guidance, his Cavalier squads have won four NCAA titles and reached the final four 13 times. He has won more games than any coach in Atlantic Coast Conference and Virginia history, sporting a 240-76 (.759) record since coming to Charlottesville in 1993. In 20 seasons with Virginia, Starsia has coached 316 games, fittingly his 300th game at Virginia was the 2011 NCAA title game against Maryland at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.
Starsia's overall record, including 10 seasons at Brown, is 341-122 (.737) in 30 years. His 341 wins are the most all-time by a coach at a Division I school, passing legendary coach Jack Emmer (326). The record-breaking triumph was an impressive 13-9 victory over No. 2 seed Cornell in the 2011 NCAA quarterfinal round on May 21. The victory was part of UVa's improbable run to the program's fifth NCAA title.
During his coaching tenure, Virginia has featured 125 All-Americans (30 first-team, 31 second-team, 25 third-team and 39 honorable mention choices), 71 All-ACC selections, eight ACC Rookies of the Year and seven ACC Players of the Year. In addition, UVa has produced five NCAA Championship MVPs (Michael Watson in 1996, Conor Gill in 1999, Tillman Johnson in 2003, Matt Ward in 2006 and Colin Briggs in 2011) and 37 All-NCAA Tournament selections, all since 1994.
Starsia's program never wavers from the emphasis on sportsmanship. Following the national championship season of 2003, the program received the Jim Adams Award, the national lacrosse award for sportsmanship. The next year the team slipped to a 5-8 record but still received the Atlantic Coast Conference's Sportsmanship Award in the first year it was presented. The program then won the league's sportsmanship award for three years afterward. "Sportsmanship remains a priority for us, and the fact that we have been able to win these awards in all different kinds of seasons, I think speaks a lot about the ideals that are important in this program," said Starsia.
A native of Valley Stream, N.Y., Starsia came to UVa from his alma mater, Brown University, where he distinguished himself as an outstanding coach and athlete.