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Cavaliers Look to End Losing Streak against Duke

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The Cavalier men's lacrosse team will be looking to end a long losing streak Friday night, as #8 UVa welcomes in second-ranked and defending national champion Duke.

The Wahoos have lost five-straight games against the Blue Devils, and 13 of the last 14.

It's been ten-years since Virginia last beat Duke in Charlottesville, and the only two players on the roster to have a win against the Devils are both 5th-year seniors.

UVa has lost back-to-back games on the road at Maryland and North Carolina, and they'll be looking to right the ship against their nemesis in front of a packed house Friday night.

Senior midfielder Ryan Tucker says, "This game means a ton. Everyone marks it on their calendar every year. It's a huge game, for us, and for Duke. Obviously we haven't had much success the past couple years."

Junior midfielder Bobby Hill says, "Even our coaching staff, everyone has that itch, rubbing them the wrong way with Duke. They've always had our number."

"They've been as talented as any team in the country," says head coach Dom Starsia.  "They've been very athletic. They've come after us that way. Not a lot of teams will do that. And then it's just fallen that way. I hope to be here long enough to get it turned around for everybody, and get it headed in the other direction, and I don't think there's any reason why that can't happen."

The Cavaliers are now 1-3 in the ACC.

Only the top-four teams will have a chance to win the conference tournament, and the 'Hoos need a victory and some help to get in.

Tucker says, "Some people say it's the toughest league in all of sports across the board. We have six really good teams competing for the #1 spot."

"It's Duke," says Starsia.  "They're one of the best teams on our schedule, and it comes up in a period of having a lot of important games to play."

"We're trying to turn that into a good thing for us," adds Hill.  "Now that our backs are finally up against the wall, it's a must win for us."

Virginia and Duke face off Friday at six o'clock at Klockner Stadium.


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