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UVA Lax Prepares For Rival Hopkins

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The 14th-ranked Virginia men's lacrosse team will take on one of its biggest rivals this weekend, as the Cavaliers travel to face #10 Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

The game will be played at M&T Bank Stadium.

UVA Head coach Dom Starsia says, "This is one of the big games on our schedule, for sure. We don't have to work hard to get the players attention. For a lot of alums, and longtime fans of Virginia lacrosse, this is the one that they circle every year."

Virginia has three losses on the season, and all of them have been by just one goal.

The Cavaliers lost 9-8 in overtime March 1st at Syracuse.

That was followed by a 12-11 loss at home against Cornell on March 9th, as the Big Red scored the game-winner with just 13-seconds left.

Ohio State scored the go-ahead goal with 91-seconds remaining to beat UVA 11-10 at Klockner last weekend.

All three of those teams are ranked in the Top-10.

Starsia summoned his best Yoda to explain what his team will have to do to snap a two-game losing streak against the Blue Jays.

"There is no deserve in sports, there is only do," says the UVA head coach. "You either make the play that wins the game, or you don't. When the opportunity presents itself the next time, we just gotta 'Do.' We just got to make the play, hit the shot, get the stop, or get the save that puts us over the top."

Junior attackman Nick O'Reilly says, "All three losses this year have been by one goal. It hasn't been one exact thing. I think we just have to fix up the mistakes a little bit, and be a little bit more sharp, and I think we'll start coming up on the winning side of it."

Junior defenseman Scott McWilliams adds, "From each game, we've seen parts of greatness from our team. We know we can play at that type of level for an entire game. We're just working on putting together a complete game, and each week we keep trying to move towards that."

Virginia and Johns Hopkins square off Saturday at 4:30 pm in Baltimore.

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