The Virginia women’s lacrosse team earned its 15th straight bid to the NCAA tournament, earning an overall No. 6 seed in the 16-team field. At 15, the Cavaliers’ tournament appearance streak is the second longest in the country, only behind Maryland’s. Virginia (13-5) will be hosting unseeded Towson (13-4) at either noon or 1:00 p.m. If Virginia wins their first round, they will advance to face the winner of third-seeded North Carolina and Navy.
It’ll be interesting to see how these Cavaliers will perform this season. Last year, the Cavaliers fell to Duke in the first round. The team, who recently returned from former teammate Yeardley Love’s funeral in Baltimore, certainly has a lot on their mind and has not been able to practice to the extent that I’m sure head coach Julie Myers would otherwise prefer. Still, she says that the team is doing "pretty well, all things considered."
In an interview Sunday night, Myers said, "Our team is staying together. We’ve spent lots and lots of time together. I think the greatest part has been that they’ve been able to cry when they want to and laugh and feel good about that. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster, but all things told, lacrosse brought us together and we want to make sure we use lacrosse to keep us together."
Virginia is 17-1 all time against Towson and has not lost to the Tigers since 1980.