On December 14, 2014, the Virginia Men's Soccer team culminated at the summit of the college world with hardware in hand. It was a thrilling, defensive, strategic game in which the16th-seeded Hoos ousted second-seeded UCLA (after earlier beating top-seeded Notre Dame) in penalty kicks to win the program's seventh national title.
The title led to some clamor from critics as to whether Virginia's strategy of playing tight defense to bring the game to PKs was against the spirit of the sport. A defensive strategy being blamed for the "ruin" of a collegiate sport? Stop me if you've heard that before.
On April 18, at John Paul Jones Arena, the soccer team held a celebratory banquet at which the team received their national championship rings -- and boy are they a sight to see! First of all, seersucker tablecloths! I did not know that was a thing.
The rings, as you'd expect, are massive and completely blinged out. All the pictures in the gallery are courtesy of Cindy Wharton, mother of junior midfielder Todd Wharton.
Congratulations again to the 2014 Men's Soccer National Champions -- the Virginia Cavaliers!