Briggs lifts Virginia over Maryland, to first NCAA title since 2006

  • Maryland goalie Niko Amato makes a late save on a shot by Virginia's Colin Briggs in the fourth quarter. Briggs scored five goals to lift the Cavaliers to a 9-7 victory.
Maryland goalie Niko Amato makes a late save on a shot by Virginia's… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
May 30, 2011|By From Sun staff reports

Junior midfielder Colin Briggs scored five goals and Virginia's zone defense stifled Maryland as the Cavaliers won their first national title since 2006, 9-7, on Monday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Sophomore attackman Matt White added three goals for Virginia, and sophomore midfielder Nick O'Reilly pitched in a goal and three assists. Senior attackman Grant Catalino had two goals and an assist for Maryland.

Despite the presence of a local team, the announced attendance for the game was just 35,661. That's the lowest figure since 2002 at Rutgers.

Unseeded Maryland, which was 0-5 in title games dating to 1975, played about 20 miles from campus. The Terps had beaten Virginia, 12-7, on April 2. They earned their berth in the title game with a 9-4 win over Duke in the semifinals Saturday.

In three tournament games before the championship game, Maryland had allowed just 15 goals (13-6 win over North Carolina; 6-5 over No. 1 Syracuse; and the four goals against the Blue Devils).

Virginia, the No. 7 seed, reached the title game by routing No. 6 seed Denver on Saturday, 14-8. The Cavaliers almost got knocked out in the first game of the tournament before escaping with a 13-12 win over Bucknell. They beat Cornell, 13-9, in the round of eight.

This was the third straight Final Four appearance and first title game since 2006 for Virginia.

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