Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Adds To National Championship Collection

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The Virginia athletics department has 29 national titles.
The Virginia men’s lacrosse team celebrates its National Championship. ~ Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2019
2021

What you’re looking at is a list of recent years with a Virginia National Championship. A UVA team has brought home at least one national title in 9 of the last 11 years. One of the missing years came in 2020 when the pandemic canceled numerous team events in the winter and spring seasons.

The Cavalier men’s lacrosse team became the latest to add to the trophy case with a Memorial Day thriller against Maryland. The Hoos won 17-16 on Monday to secure back-to-back championships since they claimed the crown in 2019 as well. The 33 goals scored in the back-and-forth tilt tied the record from the 1975 contest as the highest-scoring title games in tournament history.

Lars Tiffany’s team joined Todd DeSorbo’s women’s swimming and diving team as National Championship winners this year. Tiffany’s club captured back-to-back titles for the first time in program history, while the Virginia women won that program’s first title in decisive fashion March. Other recent “firsts” included break-through titles for baseball in 2015 and men’s basketball in 2019.

Highlights from National Championships No. 28 and 29 can be seen here:

With at least two titles (the baseball and track and field teams still have a shot to add to the total) in the same year, this marks the third time since 2015 that the athletics department has produced more than one official National Champion in a year. The only other time that’s happened in UVA history came in 1991 and 1993.

Virginia now owns 29 officially recognized team National Championships. That’s tied for 20th nationally among NCAA schools. It is the top number in the state and second in the ACC (North Carolina is first with 46). The Cavaliers currently are two titles away from being tied for 15th place nationally (31).

The Wahoos have won 17 National Championships since 2001, the year that then Athletics Director Craig Littlepage set a 10-year goal of 12 NCAA titles. While UVA missed that initial goal, Littlepage re-established the goals in 2013 for another 10-year period through 2022. The Cavaliers are close to hitting the 12 title target with 10 from 2013 through May 2021. (If you count unofficial men’s indoor tennis titles, UVA won 11 championships from 2001-2012 and the Hoos have won 12 more titles since re-establishing the goal in 2013.)

It’s an impressive list that Virginia hopes to keep growing in the years to come. The 29 National Championships:

2021 – Women’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s Lacrosse
2019 – Men’s Basketball, Men’s Lacrosse
2017 – Men’s Tennis
2016 – Men’s Tennis
2015 – Baseball, Men’s Tennis
2014 – Men’s Soccer
2013 – Men’s Tennis
2012 – Women’s Rowing
2011 – Men’s Lacrosse
2010 – Women’s Rowing
2009 – Men’s Soccer
2006 – Men’s Lacrosse
2004 – Women’s Lacrosse
2003 – Men’s Lacrosse
1999 – Men’s Lacrosse
1994 – Men’s Soccer
1993 – Men’s Soccer, Women’s Lacrosse
1992 – Men’s Soccer
1991 – Men’s Soccer, Women’s Lacrosse
1989 – Men’s Soccer
1982 – Women’s Cross Country
1981 – Women’s Cross Country
1972 – Men’s Lacrosse
1938 – Boxing

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