'Brawling' Cavaliers close regular season with win over No. 1 Notre Dame
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Lars Tiffany described the matchup between No. 3 Virginia and No. 1 Notre Dame as a boxing match and on the day the Cavaliers delivered the knockout blow winning 12-8 to close the regular season.
UVA received a career-day from Matthew Nunes in goal, who made a career-high 19 saves with seven in the fourth quarter alone. Nunes said after the game the Cavaliers were ready for a 'brawl' as the defense held the Fighting Irish to their lowest goal total since their last visit to Klöckner Stadium on March 26, 2022.
The teams traded goals throughout the first half to go into the locker room tied at 4-4, but Notre Dame took their first lead of the day at 5-4 coming out of the break. After trading goals, Virginia found the spark with defensive midfielder Noah Chizmar taking a hit while passing to defenseman Griffin Kology, who eventually fed Xander Dickson for the tying goal at 6-6.
From there UVA went on a 4-0 run and outscored Notre Dame 7-2 to close out the win. Dickson led the Cavaliers with four goals, tying Doug Knight (1996) for the most goals in a single season (56) in UVA program history. Midfielder Thomas McConvey also chipped in with three goals, while Connor Shellenberger had one goal and three assists on the day.
Virginia finishes the regular season 11-3, 4-2 ACC with two wins over No. 1 Notre Dame as they await Selection Sunday on May 7.