UVA Lacrosse Will Play in NCAA Tournament in Honor of Yeardley Love, Says Athletic Director

Yeardley Love (UVA Media Relations)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS/AP) Despite the recent death of University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love, and the arrest of another UVA lacrosse athlete, George Huguely, the athletic director says both of the school's lacrosse teams will compete in the NCAA tournament.

PICTURES: Yeardley Love Murdered; George Huguely Charged

In a message to the UVA community, athletic director Craig Littlepage says that he hopes that by returning to a normal routine, his student athletes will be better able to cope with the devastating loss of valued friend and teammate Yeardley Love.

"A part of their healing will be getting our students back into some of their routines. In the case of the women's and men's programs, our lacrosse teams will honor Yeardley by continuing their seasons. We anticipate both teams will be selected for the NCAA Tournaments and they will represent the University of Virginia as they always have," said Littlepage.

According to the Cavaliers website, the men's lacrosse team is currently ranked number one and the women's lacrosse team is ranked number four.

Yeardley Love, 22, was found dead in her apartment Monday morning. Hours later, Huguely, Love's former boyfriend, was arrested on first-degree murder charges in connection with her death.

Huguely's lawyer has come forward and says that Love's death is tragic, but was not intentional.

PICTURES: Yeardley Love Murdered; George Huguely Charged

May 5, 2010 - UVA Lacrosse Death: George Huguely Tasered During 2008 Arrest, Say PoliceMay 4, 2010 - UVA Lacrosse Death: Huguely Admits He "Shook Love and Her Head Repeatedly Hit a Wall," Says Court DocumentMay 4, 2010 - Yeardley Love's Death Was "Accident," Says UVA Lacrosse Player George Huguely's Lawyer
May 4, 2010 -
UVA Lacrosse Death: Community Reacts to Death of Yeardley Love

May 3, 2010 -
Yeardley Love Murder: Fellow UVA Lacrosse Player George Huguely Charged