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Cavaliers Ready to Play Longtime Rival Hopkins in NCAA 1st Round

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Senior midfielder Chris LaPierre Senior midfielder Chris LaPierre
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Virginia and Johns Hopkins have squared off in the postseason more than any other men's lacrosse teams in NCAA Tournament history.

The Cavaliers and Blue Jays will meet up in the first round this weekend.

UVa head coach Dom Starsia says, "I think that shows how our game has changed and grown over the past ten years. Certainly when I first got to UVa, the first round was kind of a warmup for the rest of the tournament, frankly, and that's no longer the case. You're clearly going to have to fight your way out of the first round."

Senior middie Chris LaPierre says, "There's big tradition with Hopkins and UVa. We're ready for them. We've played them before, but at the same time, they have scouts on us, and it'll be whatever team adjusts the best from the first matchup. It should be a good game."

The Wahoos are the #8 National Seed in the Tournament this year..

Virginia has already played Hopkins once this season, winning 11-10 in overtime at Klockner.

The Cavaliers say playing their longtime rivals at home will be a big advantage.

Senior attackman Mark Cockerton says, "We always play well at Klockner. Last time, we beat them in overtime there. The crowd really got into it at the end, and really helped us out. It's awesome for the seniors to get one last game at Klockner. It's probably the best place to play college lacrosse, so we're really excited."

"This is one of the best venues in all of college sports, not just lacrosse, but across the country in any sport," adds LaPierre.  "Having our hometown community and fans at Klockner will be a great experience."

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