Casey Bocklet is third on the team with 34 goals this season
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
The Virginia women's lacrosse team is in the Final Four for the 14th time in program history, and the first time since 2007.
Head coach Julie Myers says, "It's a huge sigh of relief to get back in the Final Four, after so many years of being out. You realize how hard it is to get there, when you do miss it a few times."
Senior midfielder Maddy Keeshan says, "It's awesome to get the program back to where it was for so long. First time in seven years going to the Final Four. We're pumped to be part of bringing Virginia back."
UVa will play Syracuse at Towson University Friday, and for the third straight game, the Cavaliers will face a team they lost to in the regular season.
"It's been real nice to get a second chance at some of these teams who got us early on," says Myers.
Keeshan adds, "We lost to them before, and it's kind of nice to go against someone who beat you before, coming in as -- I don't want to say 'underdog,' but a little bit of an underdog."
The Cavaliers had a losing record midway through the season, but say that tough schedule has prepared them for this point in the year.
Junior attack Casey Bocklet says, "It's crazy how much the season has changed, but it's something special. It's awesome. It just shows how much we worked, and we overcame it all. I think that's going to help us going into this weekend."
"Three out the four teams in the Final Four are from the ACC," says Keeshan. "It really prepares us for this tournament. We're excited to play against another ACC team."
The Orange beat Virginia 18-14 earlier this year, and the 'Hoos are expecting another tough match.
Myers says, "I think the biggest challenge is their speed, athleticism, and how rough they like to play."
"They're definitely physical," adds Bocklet. "They're a physical team, but that just makes it more fun."
UVa and Syracuse face off Friday at five o'clock in Baltimore.
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