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Topic - Dom Starsia
Virginia's offense wasn't quite as crisp as it needed to be Sunday against Notre Dame. After making some average goalies look good at several junctures this season, the Cavaliers had the misfortunate of encountering arguably the nation's top netminder.
For three years, goaltender Rob Fortunato sat on the bench during Virginia lacrosse games with little hope of seeing the field.
The clinching play of so many postseason lacrosse games is a last-second goal, a stunning save or even a faceoff to lock up possession to burn off the clock. Virginia defensive midfielder Chris LaPierre tried something different Sunday.
The stereotype of Princeton's lacrosse teams is not a pleasant one for fans of high-octane games.
The most striking sight at the peak of the incline on the walk into Klockner Stadium isn't the flags heralding Virginia's lacrosse championships. Nor is it an often-packed grandstand.
North Carolina streamed onto the Klockner Stadium pitch, an overdue victory against a conference rival and a ticket to the ACC title game in hand.
Eventually, Virginia's startling lacrosse struggles with Duke will end.
Reality set in a bit for the Virginia lacrosse team. It was a week into a monthlong stretch that annually created its share of consternation.
Johns Hopkins continued its year of firsts-in-a-long-while Saturday. It will find itself as the nation's new No. 1 team as a result.
Virginia lacrosse coach Dom Starsia was surprised last weekend when he learned the Atlantic Coast Conference would invite Pittsburgh and (notably, from his perspective) Syracuse and expand to 14 schools.
A year after simply trying to make it to the next day, the Virginia lacrosse program reached the sport's summit with Monday's 9-7 national title game defeat of Maryland.
Colin Briggs stood on the Virginia lacrosse team's sideline in street clothes Saturday afternoon wondering if he would finish the season as a bystander.
Legions of Maryland's loyal college lacrosse subjects made the quick trip here to the sport's capital Monday hoping to witness a coronation 36 years in the making. It had been that long since the Terrapins' last national championship, and there were reasons to think this was their day to reclaim the crown.
Virginia's path to a national championship was neither smooth nor orthodox nor stylistically representative of one of lacrosse's most consistent programs.
Denver's run to the final four emerged this month as the feel-good story of the lacrosse season.
"Everything about it felt like what our season was like," Starsia said. "We worked hard. We did a lot of good things. It just never was simple. It was never easy for us."
"It's sort of inexplicable in some ways," said Starsia, whose program lost in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1998. "We never could get the playing piece just the way we wanted to. I think that falls on my shoulders above all else. But I'm really proud of these guys and I couldn't ask for much more."