Virginia lacrosse survives late Terps run to claim back-to-back national titles

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Virginia attack Payton Cormmier (24), center, celebrates a goal against Maryland with Virginia midfielder Dox Aitken (6) during the NCAA Division 1 men’s lacrosse championship at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., Monday, May 31, 2021. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant via AP)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WFXR) — Even after the pandemic canceled last year’s championships, Virginia remains at the top of Division I lacrosse.

The Cavaliers survived a late rally by the Terrapins to claim back-to-back national titles, defeating Maryland, 17-16 on Monday afternoon.

It’s the seventh NCAA championship in program history for UVA.

Connor Shellenberger and Matt Moore led the Wahoos with four goals and two assists each while Jeff Conner had a hat trick of his own.

Virginia built a five-goal lead with 11:04 to go before the Terrapins went on a run of four unanswered scores to get within one. Moore scored with 3:35 left to push the lead back to two.

Maryland’s Anthony DeMaio made it a one-goal game again with just 11 seconds remaining and the Terrapins put on a frantic push in the final moments. But Luke Wierman’s shot attempt was saved by goalie Alex Rode to secure the national title for Virginia. Rode made 12 saves in the victory.

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