Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/31/21 – From Press Releases
Philly players made key contributions as Virginia defeated Maryland, 17-16, today, to win its second straight NCAA Men’s Division I National Championship at East Hartford’s Rentschler Field in Connecticut today.
The third-seeded and top-ranked Terps finish the 2021 season at 15-1, having won 17 consecutive games entering the contest. Fourth-seeded Virginia (14-4) also won the 2019 title with 2020’s event not being held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The list of Philly players playing key roles was large – for both teams.
All-Tournament pick Matt Moore (Garnet Valley) had four goals and two assists for UVA while Jeff Conner (Strath Haven) had three goals and an assist. Dox Aitken (Haverford School) had a goal and an assist, Peter Garno (Haverford School) had a goal and Grayson Sallade (Manheim Township) had three groundballs and a caused turnover.
For Maryland, Kyle Long (Springfield-Delco) had a goal and three assists, Luke Wierman (Henderson) won 14 of 30 faceoffs and scooped seven groundballs and defenseman Matt Rahill (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) had two caused turnovers and one groundball.
In a high-scoring game, Virginia outlasted the Terps as the Cavaliers countered each time Maryland made a run.
With the game tied at 11-11 midway through the third quarter, thanks to three goals by Logan Wisnauskas in the period, Virginia ripped off the final three goals of the third to hold a 14-11 advantage. The Cavaliers scored five consecutive goals bridging the third and fourth quarters to lead 16-11 on the way to the victory.
The Terps rallied to cut the deficit to 16-15 as Wisnauskas, Daniel Maltz, Bubba Fairman and Anthony DeMaio scored for a four-goal run in 2:15. But Virginia ended the run on Matt Moore’s fourth goal of the game with 3:35 left in the fourth, making it 17-15. DeMaio scored with 10.8 seconds left to cut it to 17-16. The Terps’ Wierman won the ensuing face-off and raced down the field but goalie Alex Rode made his 12th and biggest save of the game to secure the title.
Wisnauskas led Maryland with five goals and added an assist for six points. Jared Bernhardt had two goals and three assists for five points. Maltz and DeMaio each scored twice.
Virginia got four goals and two assists from Connor Shellenberger.
• Virginia won its seventh NCAA title in men’s lacrosse. UVA the win snapped a tie with Princeton for No. 3 all-time.
• UVA is the first men’s lacrosse program in DI history to win six-straight games in the NCAA finals.
• UVA has won eight NCAA Tournament games in a row, which is a program record.
• With no NCAA Tournament played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UVA wins back-to-back titles for the first time in program history.
• UVA’s win is its 56th all-time win in the NCAA Tournament, which ranks No. 4 all-time.
• UVA is now 7-4 all-time in the NCAA Finals
• UVA is 8-1 all-time in the NCAA under Lars Tiffany.
• Connor Shellenberger the NCAA Tournament with 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points.