CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — As Virginia's women's lacrosse players gathered for postgame handshakes Saturday afternoon, fans at North Carolina's Fetzer Field showered them with a standing ovation, an acknowledgment of the grief that has overwhelmed the program after the death of teammate Yeardley Love.
Tar Heels fans, pleased with their team's 17-7 victory over the Cavaliers, stood in solidarity with their opponents, understanding the game's insignificance in the face of a tragedy that has shaken the Charlottesville school and lacrosse community.
Love, a 22-year-old senior defender for the Cavaliers, was found fatally beaten in her apartment on May 3. George Huguely, 22, her former boyfriend and a member of the Virginia men's lacrosse team, has been jailed and charged with first-degree murder.
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