Virginia Lacrosse Teams Focus on Healing, Upcoming Seasons
from staff reports
The University of Virginia men's and women's lacrosse teams issued a joint statement Thursday, as both teams prepare for the 2011 season and an expected onslaught of media attention in the wake of former women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love's murder and the still-pending trial of George Huguely, a former men's lacrosse player and her alleged killer.
"With both of our seasons about to unfold, the players and staffs of the University of Virginia's men's and women's lacrosse teams would like to take a moment to express our thanks and gratitude to all our families, friends, fans and alums for their support since the tragic event of last May. Yeardley Love and her family remain constantly in our thoughts and prayers," the statement said.
"It is difficult to describe the emotions and feelings we have all experienced since losing a friend, teammate and fellow student. We are dealing with this loss as teams and individuals while also searching for ways to move forward. We are grateful for the support and counseling made available by the University and so many wonderful staff members.
"Some members of the media have expressed a desire to interview us about what we have experienced during the last nine months. We understand the interest in wanting to explore our healing process, our thoughts and our feelings in greater detail. As we move forward and out of respect for the ongoing legal process, we do not feel it is appropriate for us to answer those kinds of questions. We will instead focus on our continued healing, our teams and the upcoming seasons. We appreciate your understanding."
A moment of silence will precede the Virginia women's lacrosse team's preseason exhibition game Saturday against the U.S. women's national team at Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. UVA will also play Team USA on Sunday in preparation for its Feb. 19 season opener at Loyola.
The Virginia men's lacrosse team, meanwhile, will host Drexel in its season opener Feb. 19.