May 9, 2010
Virginia's Rhamel Bratton beats Syracuse's Jovan Miller to the cage. © Matt Riley
Virginia's Rhamel Bratton beats Syracuse's Jovan Miller to the cage. © Matt Riley

Virginia Earns No. 1 Seed for NCAA Tournament

by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

As expected, Virginia received the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. Given the week that the Virginia lacrosse programs have endured, with women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love murdered, and men's lacrosse player George Huguely charged with her murder, lacrosse is not at the top of the their minds. Virginia coach Dom Starsia also suffered the loss of his father on Friday.

"Playing the tournament was not that important to me, said Starsia, on the ESPNU broadcast announcing the tournament selections. "The decision about that was not going to be that big of a deal. Even at this point, the end result of the NCAA tournament, or even the first round game, is not the biggest priority in my life."

Starsia's program has taken hits in the media since the story broke and he knows they'll face numerous detractors when the tournament begins.

"The whole thing is as hurtful as it could be," said Starsia, who said his team only decided to move forward with the blessing of Love's family and the women's lacrosse program at UVa. "I don't think there's any question that the eyes of the nation are going to be on us. If we can put forth a good effort, and do it in an honorable way, that's all that we can do."

On the lacrosse side of things, some other notes:

  • Johns Hopkins' victories over Towson and Loyola to close the season were enough to give the Blue Jays their 39th consecutive bid to the tournament
  • Georgetown was denied a bid for the third straight year, even with its victory over Villanova yesterday and an RPI of No. 9

The first round match-ups follow:

Saturday, May 15
Johns Hopkins (7-7) at No. 5 Duke (12-4), 12 noon
Hofstra (9-4) at No. 3 Maryland (11-3), 12 noon
Loyola (9-4) at No. 7 Cornell (10-5), 2:30 p.m.
Denver (12-4) at No. 8 Stony Brook (12-3), 5 p.m.
Mt. St. Mary's (12-4) at No. 1 Virginia (14-1), 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 16
Notre Dame (7-6) at No. 6 Princeton (11-4), 2:30 p.m.
Delaware (10-6) at No. 4 North Carolina (12-2), 5 p.m.
Army (10-5) at No. 2 Syracuse (13-1), 7:30 p.m.

We'll have a more detailed breakdown of the tournament field later tonight on Lacrosse Magazine Online.

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