CHAPEL HILL, NC (CBS19 SPORTS)-- When Virginia found itself down by four early in the fourth quarter of its ACC semifinal game against North Carolina, the Cavaliers were never worried.
"That was a great comeback," said sophomore attackman Matt Moore. "We're used to being down four or more in the fourth quarter. We were never nervous."
In 11 regular season wins, the Cavaliers trailed in the four quarter in five wins. For the sixth time on Saturday, Virginia came back to win late. Ian Laviano scored the game-winner with 1:30 on the clock to give the Cavaliers the lead for the first time in the second half and the win.
"We believe in each other, that's all it is," Laviano said. "We love playing with each other, we believe in everyone and its just incredible. I'm just incredibly grateful to be a part of this team."
"We just try to keep our confidence up, keep our energy up," said junior attackman Michael Kraus. "Not try to dip too high or low. Again, keep that mentality of finding the next one. Finding the next man open, next guy to step up, next goal. That's all we keep in our minds."
Head coach Lars Tiffany admitted after the game he was a little nervous when the Tar Heels took a four goal lead in the fourth quarter. However, he added that he wasn't surprised when the team started its comeback shortly after.
"The word great is thrown around probably too much, be we have some truly great men in this program," Tiffany said. "It helps that we have a lot of experience doing this too. Once you've done it a couple times, you always believe we're still in this game, we're not out of it."
"I keep reminding the men, just because you're making better decisions on weekends, doesn't mean you deserve anything. You've earned it and this group keeps earning it."
Virginia will host Notre Dame for the ACC championship on May 4.