BALTIMORE (CBS/AP) After losing friend and women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, the top-seeded University of Virginia men's lacrosse team was knocked out of the NCAA tournament by the Duke University Blue Devils on Saturday.
The national semifinal game was close until the bitter end, but the team, whose season has been marred by the murder of Love and the arrest of teammate George Huguely, could not defeat fifth-seeded Duke, who scored a tie-breaking goal with 12 seconds remaining in the game, winning the game 14-13.
"The final score may be the most irrelevant part of what has happened throughout this spring," Virginia coach Dom Starsia told the New York Daily News.
Coach Starsia told CBS affiliate WJZ, "I think there are some things that have happened to us in these last few weeks that probably have changed our lives forever. I don't think we're ever going to be the same that we were before."
Virginia tri-captain Mikey Thompson told the New York Daily News that he remembers glancing at the scoreboard toward the end of the semifinal game and seeing Lexie, Yeardley Love's sister, cheering from the stands.
"It was a quick reminder what we've been through," Thompson said. "The support was always there....The Love family knows how much we cared for her."
Throughout the NCAA tournament, the UVA men's and women's teams donned patches that read "One Love" in honor of their former teammate and friend who was allegedly beaten to death during a violent altercation with her ex-boyfriend George Huguely.