University of Virginia Women's Lacrosse Wins Emotional NCAA Tournament Game

In their first game since their beloved teammate was found dead, Virginia women's lacrosse shines.


The healing process began for the University of Virginia women's lacrosse team this weekend. The Cavaliers played—and won—their first game since their teammate Yeardley Love was found dead, allegedly murdered in her apartment.

At the end of the contest, a 14-12 win for Virginia, Love's teammates stood on the field and held up signs that said No. 1, Love's jersey number. It was yet another tribute to their beloved teammate, and it was an emotional end to a day of celebration and remembrance in Charlottesville, the Washington Post reports.

"You get distracted sometimes, but then you get reminded of how much bigger than ourselves this all is," Virginia senior Whitaker Hagerman tells the Post. "It truly showed out there on the field that it's a whole community we're playing for, and it's a family, and it's one of our best friends."

Virginia's opponent, Towson University, wore armbands with Love's initials. Virginia's men's lacrosse team sat in the stands, wearing shirts that said "One Love" on them. It was a full day of lacrosse, sportsmanship, and remembrance. And it was another step in the long healing process for the university and its lacrosse teams.

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