CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Without John Fox laying out to force a turnover in the final 90 seconds of the ACC semifinals, the Virginia men's lacrosse team might not have played for the ACC championship Saturday.
It was those type of plays Lars Tiffany looked for during the regular season. Now that the Cavaliers are the number three national seed in the NCAA tournament, the Cavaliers are looking for similar plays.
"They get us these extra possessions and these extra possessions lead to goals," said sophomore attackman Matt Moore. "Its especially on the defensive end. When there's a second chance opportunity for them and we get the ground ball, they get one less possession now.
In Saturday's ACC championship game, the Cavaliers grabbed seven more ground balls than Notre Dame. It was a point Tiffany stressed before, during and after the game.
"Our men, I give them so much credit," Tiffany said. "Getting to the hands of the feeder. Getting to the stick of the shooter. Getting those extra knock downs. That was big today."
"These guys just love coming out and playing with each other," said senior midfielder Ryan Conrad. "We just have so much grit and coach tells us to be selfish on those ground balls and we really take that to heart. I think that's amazing. We hustled out there so hard. We wanted it. I mean, we wanted it more than them and that showed."