No. 1 Virginia Tops No. 10 UMass In NCAA Championship, 15-7
May 29, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - No. 1 Virginia finished off its undefeated season at 17-0 with a 15-7 win over No. 10 UMass on Memorial Day Monday at Lincoln Financial Field. Virginia's All-American attackmen Matt Ward and Matt Poskay each scored five goals as the Cavaliers pulled away in the third quarter scoring 10 of the game's final 12 goals. UMass finishes its most successful season in school history with a 13-5 record after reaching their first-ever national championship game in lacrosse. The game was played before an NCAA Outdoor Championship record 47,062.
UMass freshman goalie Doc Schneider was amazing for the second consecutive games making 17 saves on the heels of a 15-save performance in UMass' Semifinal win over Maryland. Schneider was one of four UMass players named to the All-Tournament Team along with senior captains Jake Deane, Sean Morris and Jack Reid. Morris had two assists in his final collegiate game, but saw his 34-game goal scoring streak halted. Morris finishes his UMass career with 187 points to finish seventh all-time at UMass.
The Cavaliers scored six goals in a row from midway through the third quarter into the fourth quarter before Larmon ended the run with a goal at the 9:25 mark in the fourth making it 13-7. Ben Rubeor scored Virginia's final two goals for the final.
Virginia scored four straight goals including two by Poskay in a span of 4:12 and took an 11-6 lead with 3:17 left in the third quarter. Ward and Dixon had the other tallies as the Cavaliers busted out.
Yaman scored on a quick stick fake with 7:59 left in the third quarter off a pass from Morris cutting the lead back to one at 7-6.
After three straight sensational saves by Schneider, Virginia's Dixon scored an unassisted goal with 10:21 left in the third quarter making it 7-5.
Ward scored his third goal of the game off a feed from Drew Thompson to give Virginia back the lead at 6-5 with 12:42 left in the third quarter.
Garber scored to open the second half tying the game at 5-5 on a blast from about 15 yards out off a feed from Pat Larmon, 1:03 into the half.
UMass trailed just 5-4 at the half playing great defense behind Schneider, who made nine first-half saves. The five goals for the Cavaliers equaled the second-fewest for them in a first half this season. Princeton led 4-2 at halftime back on March 12.
Connolly scored off a quick pass from Yaman with 2:35 left in the first half to cut the lead to 5-4 going into halftime.
Ward scored on a wraparound goal to make it 5-3 with 7:32 left in the second quarter giving Virginia the two-goal lead again, 5-3.
The Minutemen scored two goals in 10 seconds as Deane won his first clean face-off and went straight to goal and made it 4-3 with 9:29 left in the quarter.
UMass' Pedrick ripped a goal to the high left corner off a feed from Morris to make it 4-2 with 9:39 left in the first half.
Virginia took 19 shots in the first quarter while the Minutemen had seven. Schneider had five saves as he battled hard along with the UMass defense.
Off a UMass turnover, Virginia capitalized again in transition with Matt Ward scoring on a sharp angle off a feed from Garrett Billings with 2:04 left in the first quarter making it 4-1.
The Cavaliers took a 3-1 lead on Danny Glading's goal in transition off a pass from Ben Rubeor with 4:26 left in the first quarter. The play started with a rebound shot by UMass' Sam Moody off the helmet of Virginia's Ryan Kelly.
Virginia went up 2-1 as Poskay scored his second of the game - on a behind-the-shoulder goal - off a pass from Glading midway through the first quarter.
Schneider made three consecutive saves on Virginia's big guns leading to UMass' first goal scored by the Philadelphia area native Stabert 4:11 into the game tying the game, 1-1.
Virginia got off a quick start as Poskay scored just 29 seconds into the game off a pass from Dixon.