UVA Women's Lax Uses Shaky Start To Fuel Post Season Run
Sunday night, just after nine o'clock, the Virginia Women's Lacrosse team received the news they've been waiting for all season - an at large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore Midfielder Courtney Swan said, "It was definitely a relief. Our named popped up on the screen and you didn't know how exciting it would be."
"We all got up cheering, clapping screaming," added senior captain Caroline McTiernan.
UVA's Goalie, Kim Kolarik said, "We have hopefully four more weeks to continue playing."
Virginia just met tournament requirements of being above .500 with a 9-9 record. Swan said "That adds fuel to the fire knowing that at one point you might not get in because of our record."
The Cavaliers played seven games against teams ranked in the top ten during the regular season and pulled out four wins against top twenty opponents.
The 'Hoos won and make or break game against Duke in the ACC tournament to hit 9-8, and lost to Maryland in the semifinals, making them 9-9, but they kept it close.
"Staying with a tough Maryland team that is the number one seed in the tournament and I think we played them straight up which gave our team a ton of confidence," Swan elaborated. "I think other team can all see that, so I hope they're all scared," Swan joked.
The team says for that reason alone, they feel prepared.
Kolarik said, "We can dig down, fight, and keep fighting." McTiernan added, "It shows how tough we are and determined we are to continue to play."
First up - the 'Hoos will take on Penn this Friday at 3 PM in Washington D.C. The winner of that game gets Georgetown.
Head Coach Julie Myers said, "Our sets not become specific to UPENN. Which is a great challenge. A team that we scrimmaged early on in the season."
Most of UVA's losses came at the last moments of the games and the team says, what matters most is that they're peaking at the right time.
"We're ready. We'll be ready," said Kolarik.
McTiernan added, "We were definitely shaky in the beginning of the year. Some bad losses. Some losses by one. Being that its my last year, I couldn't be more happy to continue to play."
Swan said, "Not having to say goodbye to your teammates is just the best feeling. Knowing that you have another game to play and potentially two, and hopefully more after that."
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