Wahoos embrace the challenge of a tough schedule

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- A look at the 2019 Virginia men's lacrosse schedule does not show any let up, which is no surprise to the Cavaliers.

"This is what you want," Virginia Men's Lacrosse Coach Lars Tiffany said, "When you come to Virginia, you want to take on the very best and you want this type of pressure, you don't want to try to shirk away from it."

The Wahoos sit at 1-2 on the season with a trip to 19th-ranked Princeton on Saturday, their fourth straight USILA Coaches top-20 opponent to start the season.

"We're UVA, we want to play the best of the best and try to beat the best of the best," sophomore goalie Alex Rode said, "So we're excited to have another chance at it, there's always another game."

Virginia's two losses on the season came to now top-ranked Loyola (Md.) and then suffered a heartbreaking loss at home to 13th-ranked High Point.

"We knew that it was a great team," senior midfielder Ryan Conrad said, "We try to put together a really great schedule every single year and we know that Princeton is going to be a great team, so we got to get ready and prepared for them."

With ACC play still ahead, Tiffany says each lesson learned from these losses should help over the course of the season.

"We've got to play better, we've just got to play better lacrosse at this point," Tiffany said, "It's a race to improve, the entire season is a race to improve and we've got a lot in front of us."

Faceoff is set at Princeton for noon.



 
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