Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Charlottesville, VA: Spring Sport Capital Of The World

Colin Briggs (Gail Burton/AP Photos)
It’s not football and men’s basketball, but in the span of but a few steamy Memorial Day hours, the University of Virginia captured the NCAA lacrosse National Championship and were awarded the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Baseball  Tournament.  The Wahoos won the ACC baseball championship over the weekend and are ranked #1 in the country.

In front of an announced crowd at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, The Cavs (13-5) captured the school's fifth trophy and the fourth under coach Dom Starsia. Virginia, which has won crowns in 1972, 1999, 2003 and 2006, became the lowest seeded team to claim the hardware.

Maryland’s national championship drought continued – the Terps are 0-6 in the title game since winning it all back in 1975.

Colin Briggs scored a career-high five goals in a slow, methodical 9-7 game.  Briggs scored three times on uncontested shots and twice beat defenders 1-on-1, earning the most outstanding player award.

Steele Stanwick (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
"I definitely disappointed myself and let down the team on Saturday. I wanted to come back today and give everything I had," Briggs said. "I got some open looks and was able to finish some shots."

Game time temperature was 96 degrees and it was even hotter at field level on a sun-scorched afternoon. Briggs appeared a step faster than everyone else and agreed that sitting out Saturday gave him an edge over those that were playing for the second time in three days.

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