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UVA Men's Lax Will Play For ACC Championship

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The Virginia men's lacrosse team upset top-seed Maryland 13-6 Friday in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Chapel Hill.

A seven goal run by UVA in the 2nd half turned a one goal game into a blowout, after Maryland had cut the lead to 6-5 with a man-up goal with 3:25 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Junior Mark Cockerton had four goals for the 4-seed Cavaliers, including a hat trick in the first half.

Senior Matt White had three goals and three assists.

UVA (7-7) led 5-2 at halftime, and never trailed in the game.

The Cavaliers need to win the ACC championship to have a .500 record and be eligible for the NCAA Tournament.

"It was do or die," says Cockerton. "The next game is going to be the same situation. I still have one more year, but I wanted to get it done for the seniors. It's their last year, and it's sad not seeing them come back next year. It motivates us, and we want to get it done for them."

Head coach Dom Starsia, "You work at it, you work at it, you work at it. We talk about taking better shots, being patient to get good shots. It's just a matter of working at it. We're still not making a lot of magic happen on offense, but we work at it. We were a little bit more efficient, and hopefully we can continue to do that."

Virginia will play UNC in the ACC championship game Sunday at 1pm in Chapel Hill, NC.

UVA hasn't missed the NCAA tournament since 2004.

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