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Virginia beats Terps 17-16 to repeat as NCAA lacrosse champ

EAST HARTFORD, CT - MAY 31: Virginia Cavaliers head coach Lars Tiffany embraces assistant Brian Wilberger as the players race onto the field to celebrate their win over Maryland Terrapins during the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship held at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on May 31, 2021 in East Hartford, Connecticut. The defending champion Cavaliers repeated their title with the 17-16 win over the Terrapins. (Photo by Larry French/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
EAST HARTFORD, CT - MAY 31: Virginia Cavaliers head coach Lars Tiffany embraces assistant Brian Wilberger as the players race onto the field to celebrate their win over Maryland Terrapins during the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship held at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on May 31, 2021 in East Hartford, Connecticut. The defending champion Cavaliers repeated their title with the 17-16 win over the Terrapins. (Photo by Larry French/NCAA Photos via Getty Images) (2021 NCAA Photos)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Matt Moore and Connor Shellenberger scored four goals apiece and goalie Alex Rode made a huge save in the final seconds, and Virginia held off previously unbeaten Maryland 17-16 Monday to win its second straight NCAA men’s lacrosse championship.

The Cavaliers (14-4) won their seventh national championship and ended a 17-game winning streak by Maryland (15-1) dating to last season.

The combined 33 goals marked the highest-scoring championship game since Syracuse beat Johns Hopkins 17-16 in 1983.

The Terrapins, playing in their sixth final in 11 years, rallied after trailing by five goals in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Maryland scored four times in a 4-minute, 16-second span to cut it to 16-15. Logan Wisnauskas went top shelf for his fifth goal of the game, Daniel Maltz scored with the Terps a man up and Bubba Fairman and Anthony DeMaio followed with goals.

Moore made it a two-goal game with 3:35 left, but DeMaio scored with 10.8 seconds left to pull the Terps within 17-16.

Luke Wierman won the ensuing faceoff, picked up a ground ball and shot from 7 yards, but Rode was able to make the save and the Cavaliers ran out the clock.

Shellenberger and Moore also had two assists apiece, and Jeff Conner had three goals on four shots for the Cavaliers.

National scoring leader Jared Bernhardt had two goals for Maryland but none in the second half.