May 20, 2009
The Virginia men's lacrosse team departs for Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Thursday, where the Cavaliers will take the field in Saturday's national semifinals. For many Virginia players, it will serve as a chance to erase a bad memory suffered in this same contest a year ago.
In the 2008 NCAA semifinal, the Cavaliers faced Syracuse, and took part in a terrific battle. The two teams were tied 11-11 at the end of regulation, and needed overtime to decide who would advance. The Orange would score in the extra frame to earn the 12-11 win, and eventually won the 2008 NCAA Championship.
This time around, Virginia will face Cornell. The Cavaliers topped the Big Red, 14-10, back on March 8 at Klockner Stadium. Ask any of the players, however, and they'll tell you that the earlier match up will not have any impact on Saturday's contest. Virginia beat Johns Hopkins, 19-8, in its quarterfinal match up, while the Big Red snuck by Princeton, 6-4.