PHILADELPHIA – The Division 1 men’s lacrosse national championship, for the sixth time in its history, is heading to Charlottesville, Va. Such is life after the University of Virginia took down Yale University, 13-9, at Lincoln Financial Field the Monday of Memorial Day weekend.
The Cavaliers (17-3) were dominant with their grit and showed why they were ACC tournament champions for the first time since 2010. The result was seldom in doubt, even if Tewaaraton Award finalist TD Ierlan was his dominant self, going 18-of-24 from the faceoff X.
Make no mistake about it: This win belongs to Virginia. But there’s a thread that runs up to New England, and past New Haven, Conn., home of the Bulldogs. That connection skips up to Providence, R.I., and Brown University. It surfaces in two coaches who forever have Brown in their DNA: Dom Starsia and Lars Tiffany.