The 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament was a tournament of 48 teams from NCAA Division I who played for the NCAA Championship in soccer. The semifinals and final were held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. All the other games were played at the home field of the higher-seeded team (indicated by * for non-seeded teams). The final was held on December 13, 2009, with Virginia defeating Akron, 3–2 in a penalty shoot-out, following a goalless regulation and two overtimes.
The bracket was announced on November 16, 2009. The tournament started on November 19. The second round was played on November 22. The third round was played on November 29. The Regional Finals were played on December 4 and 5.
In 2015, an injury-riddled Virginia team slumped in the regular season and needed a series win in the final regular-season series at North Carolina to sew up a bid in the ACC tournament. They made the NCAA tournament as a No. 3 seed and swept through the Lake Elsinore Regional, defeating Southern California (twice) and San Diego State. They hosted Maryland in the Charlottesville Super Regional and clinched a trip to the College World Series on Ernie Clement’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth of the second game.
In Omaha, Virginia defeated Arkansas and Florida (twice) to set up a finals rematch with Vanderbilt. The Commodores won the first game 5–1 before the Cavaliers evened the series with a 3–0 victory behind five innings from surprise starter Adam Haseley and four from Josh Sborz. Virginia fell behind early in the decisive third game, giving up two runs in the first inning, but Pavin Smith homered to pull the Cavaliers even and singled to score Haseley with the eventual winning run. Brandon Waddell threw seven strong innings, aided by an acrobatic, run-saving stop from third baseman Kenny Towns, as the Cavaliers won 4–2 to capture the program’s first national championship and the first for an ACC program since Wake Forest in 1955.
The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game was the final game of the single-elimination tournament to determine the men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college basketball national champion for the 2018 – 2019 season. The game was played on April 8, 2019, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Virginia Cavaliers. It was the first time since 1979 that both teams in the national championship game were making their first such appearance. The Cavaliers defeated the Red Raiders, 85–77 in overtime, to win their first national title. Kyle Guy was named the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
The Cavaliers compete at the NCAA Division I level (FBS for football), in the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1953. Known simply as Virginia in sports media, UVA has twice won the Capital One Cup for men’s sports (in 2015 and 2019) after leading the nation in overall athletic excellence. The Cavaliers have regularly placed among the Top 5 nationally.
The Cavalier mascot represents a mounted swordsman, and there are crossed swords or sabres in the official logo. An unofficial moniker, the “Wahoos”, or “Hoos” for short, based on the university’s rallying cry “Wah-hoo-wah!” is also commonly used. Though originally only used by the student body, both terms—“Wahoos” and “Hoos”—have come into widespread usage with the local media as well.
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University of Virginia
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1915 – 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
1953 – Present / ACC Conference
1937 – 1953 / Independent
1921 – 1937 / Southern Conference
1894 – 1921 / Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Cavaliers – The explanation for the University of Virginia Cavaliers nickname actually involves a story of historical significance to the region.
The origin of the Cavaliers nickname comes from what was going on in this region of the world during the seventeenth century when England was involved in a civil war that pitted supporters of the Parliamentary system of government against King Charles I who asserted absolute power in terms of rule. The use of the word Cavalier predates the formation of the United States of America with a very similarly spelled version of the word being used by William Shakespeare in his famed Henry IV play.
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