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Lacrosse takes on Syracuse in clash of top two squads

No. 2 Virginia prepares for defending national champion and No. 1 Orange in Sunday game at home

The No. 2 Cavalier men's lacrosse team will square off against defending national champion No. 1 Syracuse Sunday at home.

The undefeated Cavaliers, who lost in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament last year, face a Syracuse team which also has yet to lose a game. Although this clash between the nation's top two teams has the feel of postseason contest, Starsia emphasized that his team must bear in mind the long season that still lies ahead following Sunday's contest.

"I think we do have to be careful not to sell our soul for any one of these games," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "It's still early March; we have a long way to go. But the point of what we do is to be involved in an activity like this."

The Orange (2-0) will attempt to protect its rank and earn its 12th consecutive victory, dating back to their last loss April 4 against Princeton. Offensively, Syracuse has excelled, scoring 27 points to just 16 by its opponents. The squad also has dominated at the faceoff, recording a win-loss percentage of .680, taking 34 of the 50 thus far.

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