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UVA-Loyola Set for Men's Lacrosse Rematch in NCAA Tournament

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UVA men's lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany UVA men's lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany

UVa men's lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany says Monday his team was excited to get an at-large bid Sunday night to the NCAA tournament, but was happy his team didn't "explode", because his guys realize there's more work to be done.

Virginia (12-5) will play 6-seed Loyola (12-3) in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night in Baltimore.

"I think there's an excitement of playing up in Baltimore and playing at Loyola," says Tiffany.  "That's a University that loves its lacrosse  When we played up there last February in 2017, there was over 45-hundred people at the game in February so imagine what the setting will be like in May.   There's an excitement for all of us to know that we are going to a venue and an atmosphere that certainly on a Saturday night, that could really be electric."

Virginia has beaten Loyola by one goal in each of the last two season.   Two years ago, Virginia beat Loyola in Baltimore 16-15 in Lars Tiffany's first ever game as head coach at Virginia.   The 'Hoos beat the Greyhounds 13-12 in double overtime in the season opener this season.   Virginia rallied from an 8-3 deficit in that game.

"Honestly, I think it was just an explosion from our offensive transition game," says Tiffany.  "In terms of the half field and pace of play, Loyola was beating us up.  They were better coached that first half, they were better prepared, their men performed at a higher level, and then really what happened was Griffin Thompson made a lot of saves in that third quarter."

The rematch is Saturday night at 7:15pm

"I see two teams that have really improved and looking forward to taking some swings at each other Saturday night," says Tiffany.   "Who's gotten better, who's improved more over the three months, there's probably no better test to that statement."