CHARLOTTESVILLE – It is simply a dazzling day here, and top-seeded Virginia is about to get started on its attempt for a fourth national title in 11 seasons against postseason newcomer Villanova.
A few things to look for before things get started.
First, second midfield anchor Rhamel Bratton has played better over the last few games for the Cavaliers. If he can continue to improve and Virginia can generate something from its second line, it will be difficult to contain throughout the postseason.
Second, this is the first NCAA tournament game for goalie Adam Ghitelman, who had a solid season. Still, he isn’t quite the sure thing that, say, Virginia’s attack is – especially in the postseason crucible. It’ll be curious to see how he fares this afternoon.
Third, Virginia could really use a quick start. The Cavaliers haven’t led after the first quarter in their last five games, a stretch that included their two losses on the season (both to Duke). This was after Virginia led after 15 minutes in its first 10 games. A fast start bodes well for the Cavaliers not just today, but going forward as well.
More to come later.