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Virginia players celebrate after defeating Yale in the NCAA college men's Division 1 lacrosse championship in Philadelphia, Monday, May 27, 2019. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer)

10. Virginia posts back-to-back 20-goal games

In mid-April, Virginia welcomed in-state foe VMI to Charlottesville and, behind seven goals from freshman Xander Dickson, the Wahoos cruised to a 24-5 win. Things didn’t get much better the following weekend for Marist, which watched Virginia jump out to a 14-5 lead by halftime and surrender just one goal in the second half of a 22-6 victory. It was the first time since 2006 that UVa scored more than 20 goals in back-to-back games.

9. ‘Hoos start string of OT wins at Princeton

Freshman goalie Patrick Burkinshaw made his debut between the pipes and set a UVa freshman record with 24 saves and Virginia beat Princeton, 14-13, in overtime. Ian Laviano’s fourth goal of the day 1:02 into overtime proved to be the difference. It was the first of three-straight overtime wins for the Wahoos.

8. Cavaliers rally past Orange

In the Carrier Dome, Virginia erased a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter and topped Syracuse, 15-14, in overtime thanks to Mikey Herring’s first goal of the season. It was the Cavaliers’ first win at Syracuse since 2009 and the first time since 2004 that UVa won back-to-back overtime games.

7. Cardiac Cavaliers top Lars Tiffany’s alma mater

Early in the fourth quarter, Brown led by four goals, but Virginia responded with a 6-1 run and won, 14-13, in overtime thanks to Michael Kraus’ fifth goal of the game. It was the first time in program history that Virginia played and won three consecutive overtime games.

6. Career days move ’Hoos to NCAA quarterfinals

In Virginia’s opening-round NCAA Tournament game against Robert Morris, seniors Mikey Herring and Ryan Conrad stole the spotlight and sophomore Matt Moore had a sneaky impressive day in the Cavaliers’ 19-10 victory. Herring scored a career-high six goals, Conrad had a career-high five and Moore notched a career-high seven assists and nine points. The Wahoos also snapped a four-game losing streak in NCAA Tournament games.

5. Virginia rallies for ACC finals berth

Early in the fourth quarter of the ACC Tournament semifinals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Virginia trailed the Tar Heels by four goals. But, as was the theme of the season, the Cavaliers battled back with a late 6-1 run and Ian Laviano scored the game-winner with 1:30 left in regulation. In the win, Dox Aitken became the 17th player in program history with 100 career goals.

4. ’Hoos dominate Irish in title game rematch

In what proved to be a bit of foreshadowing for what happened in the national championship game, Virginia’s defense absolutely smothered Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament finals and the Cavaliers claimed their 18th ACC title with a 10-4 victory. In a rematch of the 2018 conference title game at Klockner Stadium — a game the Irish won, 17-7 — the Wahoos held Notre Dame without a goal for more than 42 minutes and limited the Irish to their lowest offensive output of the season.

3. Cavaliers shut down Yale in national title game

Virginia’s defense suffocated the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense and the Cavaliers won their sixth national championship in program history and first since 2011 with a 13-9 win over Yale. Facing a team averaging 15.94 goals a game, the Cavaliers gave up just two in the first half. Matt Moore scored four goals and became UVa’s all-time leader in points in a season with 89. After recording a total of 31 saves in the Final Four and national championship, goalie Alex Rode was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

2. Cavaliers come to life late against Maryland

Down five goals in the fourth quarter against Maryland in the NCAA quarterfinals, Virginia looked like its comeback magic had run out. But Ryan Conrad scored three goals in the fourth quarter and Petey LaSalla won seven straight faceoffs, including one to open overtime, which turned into Matt Moore’s game-winning goal in a 13-12 win that clinched UVa’s first Final Four berth since 2011. Moore’s game-winner also made him the first player in program history with at least 40 goals and assists in a season.

1. Cavs pull another rabbit out of the hat against Duke

Once again, Virginia looked cooked in the Final Four. In the third quarter, Duke led by four goals. With 47 seconds left in regulation, the Blue Devils led by two. But Petey LaSalla won eight consecutive faceoffs and Ian Laviano scored with 15 seconds left to force overtime and then again 51 seconds into the second overtime period to send Virginia to its first national title game since 2011 with a 13-12 victory. The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to Duke, which stretched back to 2010.

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Ron Counts covers University of Virginia athletics for The Daily Progress.​ Contact him at rcounts@dailyprogress.com, (434) 978-7245, or on Twitter @Ron_CDPsports.

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