Yes, Virginia!

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.

Fantastic Four

Final Four Bracket

Kyle, Erik, and I spent our Saturday at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. Philly was hosting the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, so we grabbed tickets to the Division I Final Four. We’ve gone to championship weekend in 2013 and 2015, and this is the last time Philly will be hosting until at least 2019.

I may have completely disregarded slightly bent my surgeon’s orders by driving before Monday, but nothing was keeping me from the games. My stubbornness bit me in the apple-shaped bottom, however, because it was crazy hot, and I underestimated the amount of walking I had to do. I did not feel well before the games, and felt worse afterward, but I survived.

No thanks to a punk kid who accidentally elbowed my in the stitches…

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