Virginia Men's Lax Ready for NCAA Tournament
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The UVa men's lacrosse team will play at home in the NCAA Tournament this weekend, as the Cavaliers host Robert Morris in the first round on Saturday at 7:30 PM.
Virginia is the Number-3 overall seed, and they beat Notre Dame last weekend to win the ACC Championship for the first time since 2010.
Junior defenseman Jared Conners says, "There have been a lot of guys talking like this is the first thing they've ever won coming off the ACC championship, so it's great being able to hold onto something and say, 'We won this,' but we're looking forward now, we've closed that phase of the book. Now we're looking forward to Robert Morris and that next game."
Head coach Lars Tiffany says, "This culture that we've created with this group of men, we just want to stay together, we don't want this thing to end. Unfortunately no matter how well we do it's going to be over in a few weeks. We're desperate to make sure it doesn't end this week. We've just been telling our men, don't drink the poison of who the next round is. We need to focus on a really good Robert Morris team.
The Wahoos won 13 games this season, which is their most in nine years.
UVa is aiming for its 5th national title in school history, and the first in eight years.
Robert Morris has won eight straight games, and earned an automatic berth in the tournament by winning the Northeast Conference.
The 'Hoos have won 10 of their last 11.
Sophomore attackman Matt Moore says, "Last year, we were just happy to be there in the Loyola game in the first round, but this year we know we have phase two and then we have phase three which is the NCAAs. We're looking forward to it, we're taking it one game at a time. We're not looking ahead. We're looking at Robert Morris who is a very good team, very skilled and we can't take them lightly.
Tiffany adds, "Really, don't drink the poison, you moms and your buddies telling you, 'Oh I saw the second round matchup could be...' Forget that. Tell them to stop, we're not listening to that. No better example than last year's basketball team. You got to win to worry about that next matchup."