UVA Men's Lacrosse Beats Yale 13-9 to win NCAA Championship
The University of Virginia men's lacrosse team beat Yale 13-9 Monday to win its sixth national championship in program history and first since since 2011.
Virginia led 6-2 at halftime and 11-4 in the third quarter and didn't need to furiously rally for a comeback. This season Virginia has had to rallied to win six times after trailing by four-or-more goals.
Matt Moore led Virginia with four goals.
"I feel like we did a good job possessing, and I feel like that's a big part of why we won the game," says Moore. "Especially those ground balls, those 50/50 ground balls, I feel like we wanted it more today. I feel like that's the main reason why we won the game."
Michael Kraus had three goals.
"Coach Kirwan did a good job of whenever we come into a huddle, timeout, end of quarter, whatever it may be, we're always just harping on that next goal," says Kraus. "I can remember him saying, get that second one. We score that, we come back to the huddle, get that third one, get that fourth one, so it was adding up."
Virginia goalie Alex Rode made 13 saves.
"Yale is a very good offense," says Rode. "I thought the whole defense just played amazing. They were flying around, D middies and the close defense, just very fortunate to be able to play with that group of guys."
"Fantastic performance by Alex Rode," says UVa coach Lars Tiffany. "Early on Yale found some openings and our defense was still getting settled in trying to figure out who Yale is. Alex made some big saves early when we made mistakes when there were openings. You saw our strength and conditioning coach make a difference today. We had better legs, we were fresher today and that made a difference so we could be the aggressor on the defensive end of the field."
The Cavaliers stifled Yale's high-powered attack to defeat the defending national champions in front of 31,528 fans at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Virginia finishes the season with a record of 17-3
Virginia previously won national championships in 2011, 2006, 2003, 1999 and 1972.
All-NCAA Tournament Team:
Alex Rode – UVA (MOP)
Matt Brandau – YALE
Dox Aitken – UVA
TD Irelan – YALE
Grant Ament – PSU
Ryan Conrad – UVA
Matt Moore – UVA
Ian Laviano - UVA
Cade Saustad – UVA
Brad Smith - DUKE