Comeback Cavaliers headed to ACC championship game

Virginia trailed by four in the fourth quarter before a comeback in the final 12 minutes propelled the Cavaliers to a 14-13 win over North Carolina in the ACC semifinals Saturday.

The win, paired with a Notre Dame win over Duke in the other semifinal means the top-seeded Cavaliers will host the Irish on Saturday for the ACC championship. It is the second year in a row the two teams meet in the championship game, with Notre Dame winning in 2018.

Virginia closed the game on a 6-1 run to beat North Carolina. Cade Saustad found Ian Laviano with 1:30 left for the game-winner. That was Laviano's fourth goal of the game.

Dox Aitken started the comeback with a goal with 12:08 left. That was his 100th career goal. Less than five minutes later, Aitken scored again for his 130th career point, making him the highest scoring midfielder in Virginia men's lacrosse history.

Matt Moore finished with one goal and six assists for the Cavaliers. Michael Kraus added two goals and an assist in his first game back from a three-game absence. Ryan Conrad also had a hat trick for Virginia.

After Virginia opened the game on a 4-1 run, and led 6-3 at the end of the first quarter, North Carolina responded with a 7-0 run to take a four goal lead. The Tar Heels led 12-8 in the fourth quarter before the Cavaliers started their comeback.