As the Virginia Cavaliers men’s lacrosse team came into the ground facing Yale, one of the formidable opponents of the championship, they would not have expected the win to feel more thrilling than it sounded. When the final match of the National Lacrosse Championship ended, the Cavaliers regained the title of the National Champions as they took over Yale.
Coach Lars Tiffany’s team performed with the right attitude throughout the match and lifted the sixth national championship till now and the first since 2011. A powerful prompt attack and a swift defense throughout the game made sure that Cavaliers would take over the defending champion Yale with a score of 13-9.
Virginia Cavaliers have previously won the Championship in 1972, 1999, 2003 and 2006. The match, which took place at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field housing almost 31,500 fans, saw mostly the supporters of the Cavaliers. The crowd comprised of people wearing Virginia orange whose cheers resounded the stadium as the Cavaliers lifted the trophy.
The third-seeded Cavaliers controlled the game at both ends of the ground. While Matt Moore led the attack with four goals and an assist, Michael Kraus contributed a hat-trick, with Dox Aitken and Petey LaSalla each scoring twice.
Alex Rode, the most outstanding player of the tournament, continued his performance from the semi-final against Dukes on Saturday. While he made 13 saves for his team Virginia Cavaliers in the final against Yale on Monday, he achieved his career best of 19 saves in the semi-finals contributing for an essential win in the overtime.
Similarly, Moore with his dominant attack achieved a score of 89 for the year surpassing the previous record of 86 by Doug Knight in 1996.
With this win, the Cavaliers Lacrosse team became the third team till now to conquer the championship of two sports within the same year. While North Carolina was the first team to achieve this feat in 1982, Duke became the second to achieve this feat in 2010.
Prior to winning the National Lacrosse Championship, the basketball team of Virginia Cavaliers won the finals and became the national champions by defeating Texas-Tech with a score of 85-77.
Upon winning the final, Sophomore Matt Moore said, “It was a perfect ending to a great story. Coming to a bunch of (Philadelphia) Eagles games, I’ve dreamed of this since I was a kid. I really still can’t believe it. It’s just an awesome thing being here with my teammates, celebrating.”
Coach Tiffany said, “If you physically sit at my desk, there are five championship trophies on top of it, hanging over me. You feel that.”
After winning the trophy for the first time in eight years since 2011 and surpassing the challenging road leading to the championship, it won’t be wrong to say that the Virginia Cavaliers men’s lacrosse team really deserved the win and the title of the National Champions.