The Washington Times - May 23, 2009, 10:42PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Last entry for the night (I’ll have more tomorrow after a good night’s rest), but even almost five hours after the fact, it’s difficult to grasp just how poorly Virginia played today.

Sure, the Cavaliers probably weren’t going to keep demolishing opponents. And midfielder Rhamel Bratton’s limited availability because of a hamstring straing didn’t help matters.

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Nevertheless, it’s hard to remember such a startling results in the final four.

That’s because a top seed almost never loses by a margin like 15-6.

11: #5 Maryland 19, #1 Loyola 8 (1998 semifinals)

9: #5 Cornell 15, #1 Virginia 6 (2009 semifinals)

8: #4 Maryland 16, #1 Hopkins 8 (1995 semifinals)

6: #4 Syracuse 15, #1 Hopkins 9 (2004 semifinals)

5: #2 Hopkins 17, #1 Maryland 12 (1974 final)
5: #2 Hopkins 13, #1 Cornell 8 (1978 final)
5: #4 Hopkins 13, #1 Maryland 8 (1987 semifinals)
5: #8 Syracuse 17, #1 Loyola 12 (1999 quarterfinals)

It would have been an upset regardless of how Cornell beat Virginia. But for it to happen in so emphatic a fashion is something that still prompts some head-scratching – and very well could continue to do so for quite some time.

Patrick Stevens