Cavaliers Host Conference-Foe in First Round of NCAA Tournament
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia received an automatic bid into the 2008 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship after winning the ACC Tournament Title and will host conference-foe North Carolina in the first round on Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m., at Klckner Stadium. The No. 3 Cavaliers (14-3) enter the tournament as the fourth-seed after being ranked in the top-five all season.
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This is Virginia’s 23rd tournament appearance overall, posting an overall record of 28-17. The Cavaliers have received a bid the last 13 years straight, and have reached the final game nine times, winning it three times. Virginia was the national runner-up after falling 15-13 to Northwestern in last year’s final game.
Entering this year’s tournament, the Cavaliers are coming off a third-straight ACC Championship, including back-to-back, come-from-behind, victories over Duke and Maryland, en route to the title.
North Carolina, currently ranked 12th nationally, gained an at-large bid and is 12-6 on the season. The Tar Heels fell to Maryland in the second round of the conference tournament.
Virginia owns an 11-9 all-time record against the Tar Heels. Earlier this season, the Cavaliers used a balanced scoring attack and a strong defense to take down North Carolina in Klckner Stadium, 16-5.
The winner of Sunday’s game faces the winner of the Towson at fifth-seeded Syracuse game in the quarterfinals on Saturday, May 17. The game will be played on the campus of the higher-seed.
Fans may purchase tickets beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall or by calling (800) 542-8821. Tickets can also be purchased online at virginiasports.com. Reserved seat tickets offering stadium chair seating under cover are $9 each; general admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth 18-and-under, seniors 60-and-over and students of participating schools with a valid student ID. Parking is $5.
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.