In Alexandria, Va. Tuesday, the Notre Dame Prep lacrosse team won its final regular-season game, against one of its toughest out-of-conference rivals, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. The players dedicated the game to Yeardley Love, wearing Virginia orange bows in their hair and sporting Love's Cavaliers' jersey number, according to coach Mary Bartel.
"They had a piece of black mourning tape around their sticks and they had the No. 1 on their arms or legs somewhere ... in eye black," Bartel said. "(At the start of the game,) we prayed as we always do, and then in the first-string huddle, Covie [Stanwick] said, 'Come on you all. This one's for Yeards.'"
As they left Alexandria, Bartel said, coach Kathy Jenkins’ Saints presented the Blazers with goodie bags for the ride home.
“How wonderful is this? It was what they could do to console us and it worked. It was awesome, one of those girlie kind of community things,” said Bartel, whose No. 3-ranked Blazers open play in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament on Tuesday.
Photo: Notre Dame Prep players honor Yeardley Love, the Virginia lacrosse player who was killed Monday, allegedly by Cavaliers men's lacrosse player George Huguely. AP photo / May 4, 2010