Georgia lacrosse player shot during robbery watches team's playoff game

Tate Prezzano. (Photo:

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After a week packed with so much emotion, the University of Georgia lacrosse team took the field in Gwinnett County on Friday night.

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This is the first time the team has played a game since their beloved teammate 22-year-old Tate Prezzano was shot during a robbery near campus.

Head coach Billy O'Haire spoke with Channel 2's Michael Seiden before his team squared off against South Carolina.

“It’s different for sure. With all the guys and all the stuff they’ve been going through all week together, he’s definitely here in spirit," the coach said.

O'Haire and his staff called Prezzano on Facetime on Friday, so he could watch the team's first-round playoff game from his hospital bed.

The coach told the progress Prezzano has made in a few days is remarkable.

"It's a miracle, to be honest with you," he said.

Senior and team captain Tristan Otto told that, as soon as he heard about the shooting, he had rushed to the hospital so he could be by his friend's side.

"Not having him around, not having him here and understanding why that is, it’s tough," Otto said.

Dozens came out to the field to show their support for Prezzano, who teammates say is the heart and soul of UGA lacrosse.

“He was always determined. He’s was probably one of the best teammates you could ever ask for," Otto said.

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