CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - The UVA women's lacrosse team found victory and healing on the field today.
The team played for the first time since the brutal death of Yeardley Love two weeks ago tomorrow.
It was apparent from the first moment the UVA women's lacrosse team took the field. They were playing for much more than a victory.
It's win or go home.... But that wasn't the only pressure for this bruised UVA lacrosse team.
Under intense media spotlight, and tremendous grief, the women made their mission known.
One squad, One heart, One Love.
They were trying to win in honor of their missing, bubbly and speedy defender Yeardley Love.
UVA Lacrosse player Marye kellerman said, "We want to make our team advance as far as possible so we can stay together and we want to do it for Yeardley. This is what she would want."
The opposing team, Towson, wore wrist bands for Love.
The mothers of Towson seniors even wore UVA colors.
Towson mom, Linda Siertert said, "Our girls are going to graduate in a week. So we feel very effected by Yeardley's death."
After two weeks of grieving, they took the field looking for normalcy.
The team played with a hole in their hearts Sunday, but they gave it all their heart to find victory.
They won 14 to 12... In front of more than 22-hundred fans.
The men's lacrosse team cheered them on.
Yeardley Love's mother Sharon and her sister Lexie were given the game ball.
The team celebrated win number one in the tournament, for their number one, Love.
The team will play number 3 seeded North Carolina next in its march for an NCAA Championship in honor of Yeardley Love.