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May 7, 2006

Charlottesville, Va. – The University of Virginia has received a bid to the 2006 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship and will host Notre Dame in the first round Saturday (May 13) at Klöckner Stadium. The game will face off at 3:30 pm and will be televised on ESPNU.

This is Virginia’s 29th tournament appearance overall, second behind Johns Hopkins (35). Virginia won the national championship in 2003 and has received a bid in 13 of the last 14 seasons.

The top-ranked Cavaliers are 13-0 this season and remain the only undefeated team in the country. They were selected the tournament’s top seed for the first time since 1980.

Notre Dame secured an at-large bid to this year’s tournament, the 11th appearance in school history. The Fighting Irish, ranked 15th in the current coaches’ poll, have won their last three games and are 10-4 this season.

The Fighting Irish are coached by Kevin Corrigan, a graduate of UVa who played on three NCAA tournament teams from 1979-81.

This is the sixth all-time meeting between the two schools; Virginia has won four of the five previous match-ups. The Cavaliers have won both NCAA Championships games–19-9 in 1993 and 23-4 in 1994.

The winner of this game faces the winner of the Navy at Georgetown game in the quarterfinals at Towson University on Sunday (May 21).

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth 18-and-under and students of participating schools with a student ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at Bryant Hall ticket office or by calling the UVa Athletics Ticket Office at 800/542-8821. Tickets can also be purchased online at The Ticket Office encourages all fans to purchase and pick up their tickets in advance to avoid long ticket sales and Will Call lines on game day.

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