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May 7, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The University of Virginia men’s lacrosse team is the second seed in the 12-team field for the 2000 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships. This marks the eighth consecutive season the Cavaliers have received a bid to the national playoffs and the second year in a row they have received a first round bye.

Virginia’s defense of last season’s national title begins with a quarterfinal match-up against the winner of the first round game between Duke and Hobart at noon on Sunday (May 21) at Johns Hopkins University.

“The team is excited,” said head coach Dom Starsia about the bid. “We know it’s not going to be an easy road, but we’re excited that we now have something to focus on.”

The Cavaliers defeated Duke 12-7 in Charlottesville on April 15, and have not faced Hobart since a 16-10 win over the Statesmen in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Champships.

The Cavaliers are currently riding a 12-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, and are 12-1 overall this season.

Virginia defeated Delaware, Johns Hopkins and Syracuse en route to winning the NCAA title last season, its first since 1972. Overall Virginia has appeared in 24 NCAA tournaments.

The seedings are as follows:

1 Syracuse

2 Virginia

3 Princeton

4 Johns Hopkins

5 Loyola

6 Maryland

7 Duke

8 Cornell




Notre Dame

First Round:May 13 (at Hobart)–Cornell (10-3) vs. Georgetown (11-2) at noon, Duke (9-4) vs. Hobart (7-6) 45 minutes after conclusion of first game

May 14 (at UMBC)–Loyola (11-2) vs. Notre Dame (9-3) at noon, Maryland (10-4) vs. Hofstra (11-4) 45 minutes after conclusion of first game

Quarterfinals:May 20 (at Rutgers)–Syracuse (12-1) vs. winner of Cornell/Georgetown at 1:00 p.m., Princeton (10-2) vs. winner of Maryland/Hofstra 45 minutes after conclusion of first game

May 21 (at Johns Hopkins)–Virginia (12-1) vs. winner of Duke/Hobart at noon, Johns Hopkins (8-3) vs. winner of Loyola/Notre Dame 45 minutes after conclusion of first game

Semifinals:May 27 (at College Park, Md.)–Game 1 at noon, game 2 is 45 minutes after conclusion of first game

Finals:May 29 (at College Park, Md.) at 11:00 a.m.

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