Tar Heels and Cavaliers Clash in First Round of NCAA Tournament
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s lacrosse team enters the 2008 NCAA Tournament as a fourth-seed with an overall record of 28-17 in tournament games played. The Cavaliers will host conference-foe North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Klckner Stadium in the first round of tournament action. The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round to face the winner of the game between Towson at fifth-seeded Syracuse.
Virginia, ranked third nationally, is coming off its third-straight ACC Championship in which the Cavaliers defeated Duke and Maryland in the conference tournament, en route to the title. Virginia enters the tournament with an overall 14-3 record this season and a four-game win streak.
No. 11 North Carolina reached the semifinals of the ACC Tournament before falling to Maryland, 6-4. The Tar Heels earned an at-large bid into the tournament after posting a 12-6 overall record, 2-3 in ACC regular-season competition.
Earlier this season, Virginia escaped with a 16-5 win over the Tar Heels in Charlottesville. Overall, the Cavaliers hold an 11-9 record against North Carolina, but in NCAA Tournament games, the Tar Heels hold the advantage at 2-1. North Carolina escaped with a 13-12 sudden victory in overtime of the first round games in the 1997 tournament. The two didn’t meet again until 2002 when Virginia fell in overtime, 14-13, to the Tar Heels. Last year, the two met in the quarterfinals, with the Cavaliers defeating UNC, 14-8.
Virginia has played 45 championship games, the second most in NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse history. The Cavaliers are also second in championship round game appearances (13) and tournament games won (28).
General admission tickets for Sunday’s game are $7 for adults and $5 for youth 18-and-under and seniors 60-and-over. General admission tickets for students of participating schools with a valid ID are $5. Reserved seat tickets offering stadium chair seating under cover are $9. Parking is $5.
Tickets can be purchased online at virginiasports.com, in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by calling (800) 542-8821.
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.