Virginia Cavaliers men's lacrosse

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Virginia Cavaliers men's lacrosse
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University University of Virginia
Head coach Lars Tiffany
Stadium Klöckner Stadium
(capacity: 8,000)
Location Charlottesville, Virginia
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Nickname Cavaliers
ColorsOrange and Blue [1]
         
Pre-NCAA era championships
(2) - 1952, 1970
NCAA Tournament championships
(6) - 1972, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2019
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
(4) - 1980, 1986, 1994, 1996
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(23) – 1972, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2019
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(32) – 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
(39) – 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
(7) - 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2019
Conference regular season championships
(25) - 1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2019

The Virginia Cavaliers men's lacrosse team represents the University of Virginia in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse. Virginia currently competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and plays its home games at Klöckner Stadium, or occasionally Turf Field or Scott Stadium, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Claiming eight national titles and most recently winning the 2019 NCAA Lacrosse Championship, Virginia is one of the all-time great collegiate lacrosse programs. With a record of 17–0, Virginia's 2006 team set the NCAA record for wins in a season and are the most recent undefeated national champions of the sport.

University of Virginia University in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

The University of Virginia is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was founded in 1819 by Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson. It is the flagship university of Virginia and home to Jefferson's Academical Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UVA is known for its historic foundations, student-run honor code, and secret societies.

National Collegiate Athletic Association American athletic organization

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NCAA Division I highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

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History

University records show that Virginia fielded lacrosse teams from 1904 to 1907, although no further information from that period is available. [2] After a hiatus, lacrosse returned to Charlottesville in 1925 though the team struggled in the ensuing years. Through 1932, the Cavaliers won only one game, while they lost 30 and tied four. The team was disbanded after the 1932 season and would play sporadically until lacrosse returned for good in 1947. Two years later, Virginia won more games than it lost for the first time in school history when it posted a 7–4 record. The Cavaliers then posted an 8–3 mark in 1950 and 7–2 in 1951. The following season, they recorded an identical tally and the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) named Virginia the 1952 co-national champions. [2]

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association is an association of member institutions and organizations with college lacrosse programs at all levels of competition, including the three NCAA divisions and non-NCAA schools, at both the varsity and club levels for men and women. The association traces its history through predecessor organizations back to 1882, although it received its present name and became a governing body with unlimited membership in 1926. The association is based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Virginia takes on rival Johns Hopkins Virginia-UVA-Johns-Hopkins-lacrosse.jpg
Virginia takes on rival Johns Hopkins

In 1970, Virginia finished the season with an 8–2 record and the USILA again awarded them the national championship. [3] The following season, the NCAA instituted a single-elimination tournament to determine the national championship, and the Cavaliers made an appearance but were eliminated by Navy in the first round. In 1972, Virginia again secured a tournament berth, and beat in succession Army, Cortland State, and Johns Hopkins for their first NCAA national championship. In 1978, former Army coach Jim "Ace" Adams took over as head coach, and from that season onward, Virginia has been a regular participant in the NCAA tournament. Since then, the Cavaliers have never failed to qualify in two consecutive seasons. Virginia advanced to the championship game in 1980, 1986, 1994, and 1996, each time falling to the eventual champion by one goal. In 1993, Dom Starsia became head coach, leading the Cavaliers to national titles in 1999, 2003, 2006, and 2011. Since the establishment of an ACC tournament in 1989, Virginia has won the regular-season championship ten times, more than any of the other three teams in the league. [2]

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Virginia's 2006 season was remarkable as the Cavaliers became the first team in NCAA history to finish the season with a 17–0 record en route to the program's third national championship in eight years. The team won its games by an average of more than eight goals per game and drew comparisons to some of the best lacrosse teams of all time. [4] The Virginia offense led the nation in scoring (15.28), while the defense ranked 10th, allowing fewer than eight goals per game. Eight Cavaliers were named All-Americans, the most in program history, and senior attackman Matt Ward received the Tewaaraton Trophy as the best player in the nation.

The USILA All-American Team is an honor given annually to the best American men's college lacrosse players at their respective positions by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. The first USILA All-Americans were named in 1922, and consisted of a first team, second team, third team, and honorable mention selections. Today, separate selections are made at the NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division III levels.

Matt Ward is an American lacrosse player who played at the University of Virginia and currently plays for the Washington Bayhawks. He is also a member of the #CPMC. He has led Skokie Country club series 7 paddle team with a 12-2 record on court one despite possessing no shot clock

In 2011, the Cavaliers posted a 9–5 regular-season record before entering the NCAA tournament, where they defeated Bucknell, Cornell, Denver, and finally Maryland 9–7 to win their fifth NCAA championship. [5] During the tournament, head coach Dom Starsia became the all-time wins leader in Division I men's lacrosse history, breaking Jack Emmer's previous mark of 326 wins. [6] Five Cavaliers were named USILA All-Americans. [7] Following the tournament, third-year attackman Steele Stanwick won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top player. [8]

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Starsia left the program at the conclusion of the 2016 season after a poor run of four seasons that included two losing records – only the program's third and fourth since the NCAA championship era began in 1971 – and a 1–15 mark in ACC play. At the time, media outlets reported Starsia had been fired. [9] In a 2018 interview with The Daily Progress , Starsia recounted that then-athletic director Craig Littlepage indeed told him the day after the 2016 season concluded that the university was not extending his contract, which expired at the end of the calendar year, and gave him an opportunity to resign. Starsia countered that he retained the confidence of players and alumni and asked for a five-month extension to coach the 2017 season, after which he would resign if Littlepage remained unsatisfied with the team's results. According to Starsia, Littlepage agreed to this weeks later after heavy pressure from alumni and boosters, at which point Starsia declined it and resigned due to the perceived lack of respect. [10]

<i>The Daily Progress</i>

The Daily Progress is the sole daily newspaper in the vicinity of Charlottesville, Virginia. It has been published daily since September 14, 1892. The paper was founded by James Hubert Lindsay and his brother Frank Lindsay. The Progress was initially published six days a week; the first Sunday edition was printed in September 1968. Lindsay's family owned the paper for 78 years. On November 30, 1970, the family announced a sale to the Worrell Newspaper group, which took over on January 1, 1971.

Craig Littlepage is an American college athletics administrator and former basketball player and coach. He is the former athletic director at the University of Virginia. He was named to that position in 2001 and has been with the school as an administrator since 1990. Littlepage served as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1982 to 1985 and at Rutgers University from 1985 to 1988.

Brown head coach Lars Tiffany, who had played for Starsia at the college, was named as his replacement on June 21, 2016. [11] In his third season, Tiffany led the Cavaliers to an 11–3 regular season record, an ACC championship, and finally back to the 2019 national championship game where they defeated Yale 13–9 to claim their sixth title.

Season Results

The following is a list of Virginia's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:

SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Glenn Thiel(Atlantic Coast Conference)(1970–1977)
1971Glenn Thiel10-22-01st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1972Glenn Thiel11-42-12nd NCAA Division I Champion
1973Glenn Thiel10-42-12nd NCAA Division I Final Four
1974Glenn Thiel5-42-12nd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1975Glenn Thiel7-43-01st
1976Glenn Thiel5-51-2T-3rd
1977Glenn Thiel7-51-1T-2nd
Glenn Thiel:55-2813-6
Jim Adams (Atlantic Coast Conference)(1978–1992)
1978Jim Adams6-52-23rd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1979Jim Adams9-43-12nd NCAA Division I Final Four
1980Jim Adams12-23-1T-1st NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1981Jim Adams9-43-12nd NCAA Division I Final Four
1982Jim Adams10-33-12nd NCAA Division I Final Four
1983Jim Adams10-23-01st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1984Jim Adams10-33-01st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1985Jim Adams11-32-1T-1st NCAA Division I Final Four
1986Jim Adams12-33-01st NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1987Jim Adams6-70-34th
1988Jim Adams9-52-12nd NCAA Division I Final Four
1989Jim Adams7-51-23rd
1990Jim Adams9-53-01st NCAA Division I First Round
1991Jim Adams10-42-12nd NCAA Division I First Round
1992Jim Adams7-50-34th
Jim Adams:137-6033-17
Dom Starsia (Atlantic Coast Conference)(1993–2016)
1993Dom Starsia10-53-01st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1994Dom Starsia13-42-1T-1st NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1995Dom Starsia12-33-01st NCAA Division I Final Four
1996Dom Starsia12-41-2T-3rd NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1997Dom Starsia11-33-01st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1998Dom Starsia8-52-12nd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1999Dom Starsia13-32-1T-1st NCAA Division I Champion
2000Dom Starsia13-23-01st NCAA Division I Final Four
2001Dom Starsia7-71-2T-3rd NCAA Division I First Round
2002Dom Starsia11-43-01st NCAA Division I Final Four
2003Dom Starsia15-22-1T-1st NCAA Division I Champion
2004Dom Starsia5-81-23rd
2005Dom Starsia11-42-12nd NCAA Division I Final Four
2006Dom Starsia17-02-01st NCAA Division I Champion
2007Dom Starsia12-42-12nd NCAA Division I First Round
2008Dom Starsia14-41-23rd NCAA Division I Final Four
2009Dom Starsia15-32-1T-1st NCAA Division I Final Four
2010Dom Starsia16-22-1T-1st NCAA Division I Final Four
2011Dom Starsia13-51-2T-2nd NCAA Division I Champion
2012Dom Starsia12-42-1T-1st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2013Dom Starsia7-80-34th
2014Dom Starsia10-61-46th NCAA Division I First Round
2015Dom Starsia10-50-45th NCAA Division I First Round
2016Dom Starsia7-80-45th
Dom Starsia:274-10341-34
Lars Tiffany (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2017–Present)
2017Lars Tiffany8-70-45th
2018Lars Tiffany12-61-3T-4th NCAA Division I First Round
2019Lars Tiffany17-33-11st NCAA Division I Champion
Lars Tiffany:37-164-8
Total:503-207

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      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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