The second-seeded Cavaliers converted three of five attempts, while the No. 1 Zips were successful just twice. Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo stopped the first bid and Akron later hit the left post and then missed high in the fifth round as the Cavaliers claimed their sixth championship since 1989.
Virginia's Will Bates hit the post in the fifth minute, but Akron was superior throughout the second half in a spirited match played in rainy conditions.
An ACC team has won three straight NCAA titles, following Wake Forest in 2007 and Maryland last year.
At right, Virginia coach George Gelnovatch holds the trophy following Virginia's victory in an NCAA men's College Cup.
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