The University of Virginia men's lacrosse team, ranked outside the Top 10, lost one of its main pieces today as it was announced that Chris LaPierre will miss the remainder of the season.
The senior midfielder has seen his fair share of success in Charlottesville, being voted as the solo team captain this year.
According to the UVA Athletic Department, LaPierre has been shut down due to a lower extremity injury and will apply for medical hardship with the NCAA. If the application is successful, LaPierre could return to the Cavs next season. He played in three games this season, with his contributions limited due to the nagging injury.
LaPierre is certainly a leader for the team and has accrued 209 career ground balls in his tenure.
Virginia has suffered tough losses to Syracuse, Cornell and Ohio State, landing them outside of the Top 10 rankings. The only ACC team in the Top 10 this week was Maryland, who holds onto the top spot in the nation.
After suffering from the graduation of Steele Stanwick last year, the talent and leadership has diminished, with LaPierre's injury making things even worse.
The Cavaliers will be tested this week as they face off against the John's Hopkins Blue Jays in Baltimore on Saturday.
Virginia's roster is loaded with talent, but they will be without their team captain as they look to right the ship moving forward.