On May 13, 2023, the Virginia Cavaliers men’s lacrosse team won their NCAA Tournament first round game against the Richmond Spiders, taking them to the quarterfinals. Despite an unimpeded first quarter, a weather delay caused a heavy downpour, creating puddles on the field and difficulties finding footing. This initially gave the Spiders momentum, resulting in a goal less than 90 seconds into play. However, the Cavaliers quickly regained control with a four-goal spurt to end the first half, with Matthew Nunes keeping things clean on defense.
In the second half, the Cavaliers continued to dominate both in transition and composure. Peety Lasala won 66.7% of the draws, while the Wahoo defense shut out the Spiders for the second time that season. Goalkeeper Matthew Nunes made nine saves and conceded seven goals (56.3%). Xander Dixon added two goals and one assist, breaking Doug Knight’s single-season record of 56 in 1996 with his 57th and 58th goals.
Head coach Lars Tiffany praised the team’s performance, stating, “I really appreciate how much the players enjoyed, accepted and really enjoyed themselves today.” This win marked the fourth straight postseason season the Cavaliers have made it to the quarterfinals, showcasing their position as a strong program. Despite the weather delay and difficult playing conditions, the Cavaliers were able to weather the storm and come out victorious.