Virginia men’s lax will play at 8-seed Brown in NCAA Tournament
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The two-time defending national champion Virginia men’s lacrosse team will have to go on the road in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The ‘Hoos did not receive one of the tournament’s Top Eight seeds, or the home game that goes along with it, when the bracket was announced on Sunday night.
Instead, they will travel to face 8-seed Brown in the First Round.
The Wahoos and Bears will faceoff on Saturday at 7:30 pm in Providence, RI.
The Cavaliers are the only ACC team in the field this year, marking just the second time the league has only sent one team the tournament (1975).
“It’s a big startling to not see Notre Dame and Duke get a bid, so we’re certainly ecstatic that we did receive a bid,” says Virginia head coach Lars Tiffany.
Brown University is a very familiar spot for Tiffany.
He played for the Bears from 1987-90, and spent ten years as Brown’s head coach, before taking over the Virginia program in 2016.
Tiffany says, ”We’ll be wearing our away uniforms, and we’ll be going into their den. They’ll have the homefield advantage. They’ll have the home crowd. What a great opportunity for us to prove ourselves.”
The Brown/UVA winner will likely face top-ranked and undefeated Maryland in the quarterfinals.
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