After a subpar weekend for our rooting interests – the Philadelphia Union, Amherst lacrosse and Limestone lacrosse – our last, best hope for victory was the Virginia Cavaliers in the NCAA Division I Championship. They didn’t disappoint.
Sitting at the podium for the postgame press conference, Matt Moore and Michael Kraus bobbed their head along as music blared down the hall. They were eager to rejoin their teammates for a celebration eight years in the making.
Moore scored four goals and Virginia won its sixth NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse championship, beating defending champion Yale, 13-9, on Monday. “It was a perfect ending to a great story,” Moore said.
[Alex] Rode was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after making 31 stops in the semifinals and final, combining for a .608 save percentage.
Yale was the returning champions, but Virginia went ahead early and never looked back. It was the perfect end to the weekend, and gave us a few smiles in an otherwise hot and humid day.