The Washington Times - May 10, 2009, 09:24AM

Getting ready to hop in the car and head down to Virginia for the second day of the NCAA lacrosse tournament’s first round.

Today’s best game should be Notre Dame-Maryland, but the chance to see the top-seeded Cavaliers should provide some answers as well.

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Namely, is Virginia over its late-season swoon?

The two weeks of rest are tough to measure. Virginia played one of its closest games of its unbeaten 2006 season in its opener, lost to Delaware in 2007 and then squeaked past UMBC last year. History suggests this could be close.

At the same time, I get the sense this is a team built to play well now. Maybe there were some hiccups (and the Duke losses, while ugly, are explainable), but this team is talented enough to make an extended push in the postseason.

Should be fun to find out. I’ll check back in once I get to Klockner Stadium.

– Patrick Stevens