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UVA Men's Lax Facing 'Must Win' Game Against UNC

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There will be a big ACC men's lacrosse showdown Saturday at Klockner Stadium, as the 'Hoos host the #6 Heels.

North Carolina has a record of 7-3.

Virginia is 5-5, and is still looking for its first ACC win.

The #19 Cavaliers are coming off a 2-goal loss to Maryland, and have lost four of their last five games.

Four of Virginia's five loses this season have come by two goals or less.

Senior defenseman Harry Prevas says, "You see those one goal losses, and really wish we could have changed something back then, because we're in such a tight spot right now. If we had one or two of those wins back, we might be more relaxed, but it's not necessarily a bad thing that we have a fire lit under us right now."

Head coach Dom Starsia says, "To get a 'W' would mean a great deal, and probably carry us over into these next couple of games. You do feel if we could just get one of these, that we might get on a roll, and really get going."

Virginia must finish .500 to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

Junior midfielder Rob Emery says, "There's bigger ramifications for what this game means moving forward, but I think filling your mind with the consequences of this game can only serve to hurt you."

"Right now, I'd like to see us play well on Saturday," says Starsia. "If we can break through and get a win, I do think confidence is a very critical thing with college-aged kids. Even a program of our caliber, with all the success we've had, when you're not doing what you want to do, it takes a hit."

Virginia will host UNC Saturday at 3:30 pm.

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