UVA Captures Fifth All-Time Men's Lacrosse NCAA Championship in the Charm City

UVA Captures Fifth All-Time Men's Lacrosse NCAA Championship in the Charm City

UVA Captures Fifth All-Time Men's Lacrosse NCAA Championship in the Charm City

UVA Captures Fifth All-Time Men's Lacrosse NCAA Championship in the Charm City

BALTIMORE, Md. - Colin Briggs scored five goals and was named the Most Outstanding Player as the No. 7 seed Virginia Cavaliers (13-5) put their stamp on the program's fifth NCAA National Championship with a 9-7 triumph over the unseeded Maryland Terrapins (13-5) on Monday afternoon, in front of 35,661 fans inside M&T Bank Stadium.

Virginia became the lowest seed (No. 7) and first five-loss team to win a men's lacrosse national championship. The ACC now has 12 all-time NCAA titles, the most of any conference. Virginia now has won NCAA titles in 1972, 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2011.

"The fact that we are here right now is a credit to the team and my family and the people at Virginia," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "We had to reconfigure ourselves midway through the season - they had to decide that it was important enough to pick themselves up and get going again. The game today epitomized the kind of season that we've had - that we have started out well - put some goals in the second quarter when we got ahead a little bit and gave us some confidence going into the locker room. I am very proud of these guys and what they have done."

UVA goalie Adam Ghitelman concludes his career with 50 career wins in between the pipes and No. 3 all-time among NCAA Division I goalies. Ghitelman finishes his career with 586 career saves, good for No. 2 all-time in the UVa annals.

The game started off at a stand still as Maryland held a 1-0 lead after one quarter of play on a Grant Catalino score. It was the lowest combined goal total all-time in a NCAA Championship game. It was the first time a team had been shutout in the first period of the National Championship game since 2003 when UVA shutout Johns Hopkins (4-0).

UVA snapped its scoreless drought of 17:13 when Briggs found the back of the net only 2:13 into the second quarter. Briggs' goal jumpstarted a 4-2 Cavalier run, sending the Cavaliers into the intermission with the two goal lead, 5-3. Briggs tallied the hat trick in the period, while Nick O'Reilly and Matt White also tallied goals in the period. Mark Cockerton picked up two assists, as did O'Reilly.

Briggs scored his fourth goal of the game, starting the third quarter scoring with 12:18 left in the period. Catalino ended a 15:46 scoring drought with a score at the 6:58 mark in the third quarter, cutting the Maryland deficit to two goals, 6-4.

Catalino's goal started a 3-0 run for Maryland, tying the game at 6-6. Ryan Young tied the game on a Catalino pass at 11:43 left in the game. Young's goal was the last of significance for the Terrapins.

White scored back-to-back goals and Briggs capped his afternoon with his fifth goal of the game, taking a commanding 9-6 lead with 1:50 left in the game. Maryland's Jake Bernhardt capped the game's scoring with a goal with 16 seconds left, but it wasn't enough for the Terrapins.

Maryland won the shots battle (32-26), the ground ball battle (22-21), the faceoff battle (20-11) and UVA topped the Terrapins in saves (9-8).

Briggs' most outstanding player of the NCAA Championship accolade is the first for UVA since Matt Ward won it in 2006 during UVA's perfect 17-0 title run. Joining Briggs on the all-tournament team is Ghitelman, Bray Malphrus, O'Reilly and Steele Stanwick.

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GO HOOS!
    by (#216028) on 5/31/11 @3:07PM
Great game! So good to see a team that no one even considered win it. I was disappointed that Steele and Chris Bocklett had really no role in this win, but it was because of them that they made it this far.
 
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WAHOOS CHAMPS!!!!
    by (#161587) on 5/31/11 @4:13PM
It's great to see the cavs win after three years of loosing in the semis. I wish stanwick and bocklet would of had more of a role in the game but they are two major reasons why they even got to this game in the first place and umd had a great game plan to stop those two but the other key players came up big and umd's d is amazing and amato is crazy good!!! It's also great to see briggs come up big in this game after not playing against denver and the clements played great. GO CAVS
 
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    by (#106433) on 6/01/11 @10:58AM
quint kessenich kept talking about brigg's fresh legs after not playing against denver. how much do you guys think that added to his play, or was umd just too focused on stanwick?
 
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    by (#216028) on 6/01/11 @11:31PM
I think they were too focused on Stanwick. Also, Colin Briggs has exceptional speed and he was usually covered by a short stick defender. I think it had a little bit of a play into it, but not as much as Quint made it out to be.
 
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MD
    by (#284945) on 6/01/11 @10:48PM
That must be really heartbreaking for Maryland as a whole organization. Realize that they also lost in the final for women's D1 and by only one goal
 
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    by (#286650) on 6/06/11 @11:11AM
very heartbreaking indeed however it does say a lot about the lacrosse program at Maryland. I mean when was the last time 1 D1 school had both a mens team and a girls team in the NCAA championship?
 
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