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Philly’s Moore, Aitken, Conner, Schwenk, Smith lead Virginia to NCAA championship

Monday, 27th May 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/27/19
From Press Release

The No. 3 seeded Virginia Cavaliers (17-3) captured the program’s sixth NCAA Division I title with a 13-9 triumph over No. 5 seeded Yale (15-4) at Lincoln Financial Field, thwarting the Bulldogs’ quest for back-to-back titles. 

Philly’s Matt Moore (Garnet Valley) and Dox Aitken (Haverford School) again made major contributions, but also freshman Jeff Conner (Strath Haven) and backup faceoff man Justin Schwenk (Spring-Ford) chipped in and unheralded senior short-stick midfielder Dave Smith (Shawnee) was one of a batch that led a defense that stymied the potent Yale attack all day.

Moore had four goals, an assist and a groundballs and Aitken scored twice and scooped three groundballs. Conner had an assist and two groundballs and Schwenk won 2 of 8 faceoffs against Tewaaraton finalist TD Ierlan while Smith had two groundballs and a memorable hit on Yale standout attackman Matt Gaudet tyhat typified the physical defense which menaced the Bulldogs’ attack which had erupted fore 21 goals two days earlier against No. 1 Penn State.

The championship was the first for Virginia since 2011.

Chris Fake (Hun School) had three groundballs and a caused turnover for Yale while fellow defenseman Bryce DeMuth (Avon Grove) had two groundballs.

Aitken and Moore as well as Penn State’s Grant Ament (Haverford School) were named to the All-Tournament team.

This article will be updated.

Virginia celebrates the 2019 men’s Division I championship (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

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