CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Michael Kraus' statistics don't jump off the page like they normally do from Saturday's ACC semifinal win at North Carolina. The junior finished with two goals an an assist in the win, but there was another statistic he was more worried about -- minutes played.
Kraus missed the final three regular season games for Virginia with a leg injury. He started a played the entire game for the Wahoos against the Tar Heels. Kraus said after missing time with an injury, he's always glad to be back on the field.
"It feels awesome to be back out here," Kraus said. "Its tough sitting on the sideline watching my brothers go out there and play their hearts out. It just feels awesome to be back out here with them. I think I fell back into it as soon as I stepped out there."
Head coach Lars Tiffany was just as glad to see the team's second-leading scorer back on the field, even though he wasn't sure Kraus was back to normal as soon as he thought.
"This is the third time Michael Kraus has come back from an injury in his career here and its always taken a game or so," Tiffany said. "So, I'm going to look at it as a positive, it only took him a half this time.It just took a little bit for him to get comfortable out there and get back to doing his thing."
"He's a fantastic college lacrosse player," Tiffany added, "but he's still only 21 years old. It takes a little while to get that rust off."
Kraus and the Cavaliers will host Notre Dame on Saturday for the ACC championship game.