CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS/AP) On Sunday night, the UVA men's lacrosse team received word that they were going to be the top seed in the NCAA college lacrosse tournament, and will host their first opponent, Mount St. Mary's, on Saturday.
The women's lacrosse team is seeded sixth, and will play Towson on Sunday.
The news of their placement in the tournament came less than a week after the murder of women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, allegedly at the hands of men's player George Huguely.
Both the women's and men's lacrosse teams at the University of Virginia have dedicated their post-season play to Love, and members of the teams attended Love's funeral this Sunday.
Although the timing of the news and the circumstances are bittersweet, the coach of the UVA men's lacrosse team Dom Starsia believes that the tournament and getting back to lacrosse will be a therapeutic."I was glad to be able to at least consider the lacrosse piece of this again, both on the field this afternoon with the team and talking about lacrosse this evening," Starsia said to The New York Daily News.
UVA student Yeardley Love was found beaten to death May 3. At first, police had been informed that Love had suffered an alcohol overdose; however, when they arrived on the scene it was clear that Love had suffered physical abuse.
Within hours, police arrested UVA men's lacrosse player and former boyfriend of Love, George Huguely, on first-degree murder charges. Huguely told police that he and Love had an altercation where he shook her and her head repeatedly hit her bedroom wall.
Huguely's lawyer has said that the event, though tragic, was an accident.
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