May 4, 2010

UVA: Huguely Admits 'Shaking,' Teams to Play

from staff reports | updated 05/04/10 at 9:54 p.m.

At a time when NCAA tournament bids and seedings are supposed to be the talk of the lacrosse world, the national and global media have descended on the sport in way not seen since the Duke lacrosse case of 2006-07, with a no-less sordid affair on deck.

University of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, 22, was found slain Monday morning in an off-campus house. George Huguely, 22, was arrested on a first-degree murder charge.

Not long after details of the Charlottesville police investigation surfaced -- physical trauma was evident; Love and Huguely had a previous relationship -- a frenzy of media reports ensued.

Both the men's and women's lacrosse teams met Monday and, according to an ESPN report, discussed the possibility of pulling out of the upcoming NCAA tournaments due to the alleged homicide. Virginia's men are expected to grab the No. 1 seed; Virginia's women could also host a first-round game. The fields will be released Sunday by the NCAA, with the tournaments commencing May 15.

A report Tuesday by the Richmond Times-Dispatch said that the teams have decided to move forward and participate in the NCAA tournament as planned despite the incident.

Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage confirmed in a statement made late Tuesday that both teams will make their NCAA tournament appearances as scheduled.

"A part of their healing will be getting our students back into some of their routines," Littlepage said. "In the case of the women's and men's programs, our lacrosse teams will honor Yeardley by continuing their seasons."

Players have not been made available for comment.

“The kids on the two lacrosse teams have kind of expressed that they’re not in a situation right now where they want to do interviews,” Daves told BusinessWeek. “Right now, it’s too close to the situation and they don’t feel comfortable talking about it.”

Huguely did not enter a plea Tuesday and will remain at Albermarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail until a June hearing on the murder charge, according to ESPN.com. The first response from the Huguely camp also came Tuesday.

"We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome," Huguely's attorney, Fran Lawrence, told ESPN.com. "It is our hope that no conclusions will be drawn or judgments made about George or his case."

According to an affidavit for a search warrant reported Tuesday to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Huguely admitted to police that he and Love had an argument and that he "shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall."

Affidavits described witnesses finding Love face down on her pillow in her bedroom. Her right eye was swollen shut, there was a pool of blood on the pillow, and her face was bruised, according to the affidavits and the Times-Dispatch.

Also according to those accounts, the door to the room had been forced open and had a hole in it. Huguely later admitted to police that he kicked his right foot through the door.

Click here for Lacrosse Magazine Online coverage and links from the story's breaking point Monday.

Check back here for updates, as the lacrosse community mourns the loss of one of its own.

* Virginia Lacrosse Player Hit Victim's Head into Wall (BusinessWeek)
* Police: Love Might Have Been Threatened (AP)
* Affidavit: Lacrosse Player Killed in Fight After Breakup (CNN)
* Death Was Accidental, Defense Says (Bloomberg)
* UVA Lacrosse Player Admits Shaking Victim (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
* Huguely to Be Held Until June on Murder Charge (ESPN)
* UVA Lacrosse to Continue with Season (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
* UVA Men's, Women's Lacrosse Postseasons in Question (ESPN)
* Love, Huguely Had Volatile Relationship (ABC News)
* Police to Interview More in Slaying Case (AP)
* UVA Lacrosse Teams Rocked by Death, Arrest (Roanoke Times)
* Virginia Lacrosse Player Charged in Death of Fellow Student (Baltimore Sun)
* Star-Lacrossed (New York Post)
* UVA Tries to Keep Sense of Community (Cavalier Daily)


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