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Poskay, Ward help UVa cap unbeaten season with title

5/30/2006

PHILADELPHIA -- Virginia completed an undefeated season with
its fourth NCAA men's lacrosse title Monday, beating unseeded
Massachusetts 15-7 behind five goals each from Matt Poskay and Matt
Ward.

The Cavaliers finished 17-0, the second straight year the NCAA
champion was unbeaten. Johns Hopkins went 16-0 last year.

Before a record crowd of 47,062, Massachusetts (13-5) made a
game of it for the first half but ultimately could not contain the
top-seeded Cavaliers. Virginia spent much of the first half
watching its shots sail high and wide.

UMass tied it 5-5 early in the third quarter and pulled to 7-6
when the Cavaliers went on a tear with six straight goals to lead
13-6 with 9:37 left.

Sean Morris, who entered the game as UMass' leading scorer with
33 goals, was held without a goal. UMass freshman Doc Schneider
played well in goal but stood little chance against a Cavaliers
offense that featured four players with more than 30 goals this
year.

The Cavaliers dominated the first quarter 4-1, pinning UMass in
its defensive end for several minutes at a time. Poskay scored
twice and Ward made it 4-1 on an empty-net goal after UMass goalie
Doc Schneider came out to help defensively.

But the Minutemen rallied to cut the deficit to 5-4 at the half,
sparked by a goal from Rory Pedrick with 9:39 left and another 10
seconds later when Jake Deane won the faceoff and hustled to beat
Virginia's Kip Turner.