During the national championship game, Colin Briggs was not definite if he would find a possibility to play.
In the semifinals the Virginia midfielder stood on the sideline observing his Cavaliers hit Denver. Coach Dom Starsia has postponed him before the Final Four for having a team commit a breach and was elusive when inquired if the senior would be in uniform. Starsia has chosen to return Briggs, a native of Narragansett, R.I. and it confirmed an intelligent move.
Briggs achieved a career-high five objectives as seventh-seeded Virginia framed Maryland, 9-7, in a sluggish, systematic event to get its fifth Division 1 national championship. Briggs achieved three times on uncontested shots and double strike defenders one-on-one, producing the most outstanding player award.
Briggs said, “I definitely disappointed myself and let down the team on Saturday. I wanted to come back today and give everything I had. I got some open looks and was able to finish some shots.”
Matt White got three goals for Virginia, 13-5. Grant Catalino had two goals for unseeded Maryland with 13-6.
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