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In some ways, Monday was a microcosm of Virginia’s season - hardly perfect, but ultimately every bit as fulfilling as the three other titles the Cavaliers earned since 1999.

Virginia withstood stout saves from Maryland goalie Niko Amato, who made five of his eight stops in the first quarter. A 3-2 deficit turned into a 6-3 edge early in the third quarter, putting Virginia on the verge of a blowout.

The spunky Terps (13-5), who got a goal from Grant Catalino in the third quarter and then transition scores from Brian Farrell and Young early in the fourth to pull even and perhaps set the table for a thrilling finish.

The Cavaliers would have none of it, preventing Maryland from enjoying the long possessions that became its calling card in the postseason.

The Terps, which had less than four minutes of possession in the fourth quarter, didn’t touch the ball in the brief time it was tied. Virginia won the faceoff, and White scored with 10:03 to go off an O'Reilly feed to go up 7-6.

The Cavaliers then added two more goals, with Briggs - playing two days after serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules - icing it with 1:50 remaining to set off a sideline celebration.

“I would be hesitant to begin to describe to you that there was a master plan in place that somehow made this happen,” Starsia said. “I think we took this in very small pieces throughout the season.”

What started with a feel-good rout of Penn to close the regular season and continued with an overtime escape of Bucknell eventually turned in to something greater. The reinvented Cavaliers turned into the champions it was assumed they could become after three straight short-circuited semifinal appearances.

The on-field methods didn’t look like the sort of blueprint Virginia would follow.

Its results, though, are plenty familiar for a program accustomed to lacrosse’s grandest stage, even if a title didn’t seem all that likely as Virginia meandered through a competitive wilderness when it absorbed four losses in five games in the middle of the season.

“I don’t know,” Stanwick said when asked if he saw this outcome coming more than a month ago. “Probably not, to be honest. I always had faith in this team, but I don’t know if I thought this would be the end result. It just shows what this team is all about.”