UVa Women's Lax Prepares for Home Match in NCAA Tournament
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The UVa women's lacrosse team will be playing a game at home in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 this weekend.
The Cavaliers will face the winner of High Point and Navy in the second round on Sunday at noon.
Senior midfielder Maggie Jackson says, "I'm a fourth year here, and we've never hosted NCAA's before. It's exciting for all of us to be here, at home, playing at Klöckner, for me, one more time. Hopefully two more times. We just love playing here, any chance we can."
Virginia has a record of 12-6, and earned the 6-overall seed for this year's tournament, despite playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation.
Junior midfielder Sammy Mueller says, "Especially the ACC, being one of the toughest conferences, and then continuously playing top-ranked teams, prepares you for games like this, and tournament games, and postseason games, and playing the top teams, you get better every week."
Head coach Julie Myers says, "It's given us a chance to play against the best teams, the best players, and every defensive scheme, offensive scheme, you can come up with. At this point it's really just fine-tuning our details, and making sure we're prepared to do the things we want to do, as well as what we want to counter with what our opponents are going to do."
The 'Hoos lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year to eventual national champion JMU.
UVa earned a first-round bye this year for the first time since 2014.
Myers says, "It's been a long time for the first round bye. I feel like we've been super-close to hosting in year's past, but to get a Top-Six is a great statement to an awesome season. To be able to be at home is huge. To play with our fans, on our field, and be in or locker room, and have our people with us, is going to be a very nice thing come Mother's Day on Sunday."