Cavaliers Confident They Can End Streak vs. Carolina

For fourth-year players on the women's lacrosse team at Virginia, every matchup with North Carolina has ended the same way -- with a UVa loss.

The Tar Heels have won the last nine meetings between the two rival ACC programs. They meet again at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chapel Hill, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

"We're ready for this matchup. We want, we're pumped to compete against Carolina," UVa senior Lauren Goerz said Wednesday. "And I think me and the rest of my classmates, who have had a lot of tough losses against them, we're ready to come back with a win."

Saturday's game will mark the third time in the past four years that UVa has had to travel to Chapel Hill for an NCAA Tournament matchup. The Cavaliers lost both of those previous meetings, including a 13-9 UNC win in last year's national quarterfinals en route to the NCAA title.

UVa last beat the Tar Heels during the 2010 regular season, a 13-12 overtime win in Charlottesville. UNC won 14-10 at UVa in March this season.

"At some point you've got to win this game, I think," said UVa coach Julie Myers. "And I really like the way we're playing. I think not that much separates the two teams, in terms of talent and speed and everything that we do. So one of these time's we're going to get Carolina, and we're hoping that it's going to be on Saturday."

"I think it's the last chance, and it's our best chance that we've had so far," said Goerz. "So I think that's what we're looking at the game, especially for us seniors."

UVa is coming off Sunday's 13-11 win over Princeton at Klöckner Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. As the No. 6 seed in the bracket, the Cavaliers had a first-round bye.

The Tar Heels are the No. 3 seed in this year's tournament, and also sat out last weekend's opening round. UNC advanced to the quarterfinals with a 10-8 win at home against Georgetown last Sunday.

Three of this weekend's national quarterfinal games feature ACC teams going head-to-head. In addition to the Cavaliers and UNC, Duke visits top-seed Maryland, while on the other side of the bracket, No. 7-seed Boston College visits No. 2-seed Syracuse.

No. 5-seed Northwestern visits No. 4-seed Florida in the final quarterfinal matchup.

"It's kind of exciting this time of year to see so many ACC teams still alive in the mix," Myers said. "So when you know that there are that many, chances are you're going to be matching up with a familiar opponent. So we're excited to be in the mix."


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