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Bailey Fogarty is a first-year on the women’s lacrosse team this spring. The Chevy Chase, Md., native was a two-time first-team high school All-American at Holton-Arms and was named to the All-Tewaaraton Team as a senior.

The Cavaliers open their season today with a 4 p.m. contest against in-state rival Virginia Tech in Klckner Stadium.

Question: How was your first fall ball experience? What was it like training with the coaching staff and the rest of the team?
Fogarty: At first, I was really intimidated coming into one of the top lacrosse programs, but everyone on the team really reached out and helped me make the transition. It was fun to compete at a higher level and be surrounded by such great players and coaches.

Question: How was your first semester on Grounds? What did you enjoy the most?
Fogarty: My first semester on Grounds was exciting. I love dorm life and getting to hang out with my friends all the time.

Question: What are you looking forward to this spring?
Fogarty: I am so excited for the season to start. We have worked so hard and I am ready to see all of our hard work pay off.

Question: What is your favorite thing about UVa and being a student-athlete?
Fogarty: I love the people. The team, coaches, trainers, doctors, equipment managers and academic advisors really care for you and want you to succeed. It’s great to have so many people be there for you.

Question: What do you miss most about high school and home?
Fogarty: I miss having all my classes in one building and having a car. It’s a lot of walking, but I guess there is always an up side to that. I also really miss my dogs.

Question: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
Fogarty: My goal for this upcoming season is to take all the opportunities I can to learn and grow as a player.

Question: Why did you choose to play at Virginia?
Fogarty: I felt like I fit in really well with the rest of the team. The coaches are really down to earth and care about their players on and off the field. In addition, the campus is absolutely gorgeous and UVa is an incredibly respected university with great traditions.

Question: What do you hope to accomplish before you graduate?
Fogarty: To try to meet as many people as possible and also try to make Blair Putnam’s (athletic trainer) job a little less stressful.

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