Nick O’Reilly and Matt White had ACC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament record-breaking performances on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels outlasted the Virginia Cavaliers (7-8) for the 2013 ACC title, 16-13. With the loss UVa concludes its season and will not make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2004 campaign.
White scored a career-high seven goals against the Tar Heels, tying a tournament record for a game and his 10 goals scored for the weekend is an ACC record for its tournament. White also had 13 points for the event, setting a new record for the ACC Tournament. O’Reilly dished out a career-high seven assists, a tournament record for a game and his nine assists for the entire tournament is also a new record.
O’Reilly and White join UVa’s Mark Cockerton and Harry Prevas as the Cavaliers’ represented on the ACC All-Tournament team.
“I told the team at the end I was very proud of the effort overall,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “This one hurts for the obvious reasons and I really felt that we had become a pretty good lacrosse team here by the end of the season. I hoped that they would get some satisfaction and be able to continue to play and we could keep these guys together. I thought they really deserved that. I told the guys in the locker room after that I hope that future teams distinguish themselves like this team did, playing with the same type of dignity and work the same way and the other things will take care of themselves. This group has a lot to be proud of.”