Senior midfielder Kyle Dixon cranked a shot against Syracuse freshman goalkeeper Peter Coluccini during the semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Undefeated Virginia rolled to a 17-10 victory to advance to the championship game.
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UMass relied on its aggressive defense and the outstanding play of freshman goalkeeper Doc Schneider (left) to upset the heavily favored Terps 8-5 and advance to its first men's lacrosse championship. The Minutemen shut down Maryland's All-America attackman Joe Walters (1), the leading active scorer in Division I (227 career points).
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All-American Matt Ward scored five goals and was the centerpiece of Virginia's relentless offensive attack. Ward earned Most Outstanding Player honors and finished the playoffs with a Division I record 16 goals in four games.
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Kyle Dixon and the Cavaliers outshot UMass 55-31 during Monday's championship game in Philadelphia.
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Kip Turner played well in goal for Virginia, but the Cavaliers relied on the nation's top offense (15.8 goals per game) to complete their undefeated season.
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A year removed from a heartbreaking overtime loss to Johns Hopkins in the semifinals, the Cavaliers defeated UMass 15-7 to win their fourth national championship.
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