The Virginia men’s lacrosse team finished the regular season 12-5 and are well set to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in several seasons. Today, the Hoos learned that outstanding first year midfielder Matt Moore was named the ACC Freshman of the Year.
UVA's Matt Moore has been named the ACC Freshman of the Year. UVA has received the honor in back-to-back years. Michael Kraus took home the honor last year. Congrats Matt!!! #Wahoowa ⚔️— Virginia Men's Lacrosse (@UVAMensLax) May 2, 2018
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This is the second straight season that Virginia has had the top rookie on their team as attackman Michael Kraus earned the award last season. Virginia has had back-to-back ACC Freshman of the Year winners twice before as Tim Whiteley and Michael Watson earned the title in 1993 and 1994, while Tillman Johnson and Joe Yevoli did it in 2001 and 2002.
Moore, who came to Charlottesville as the No. 1 overall rated midfielder by Inside Lacrosse, has 17 goals and 14 assists this season for a combined 31 points. His point total is second-best in Virginia history for a first year midfielder, behind his teammate Dox Aitken who set the new record last season with 40 points.
His best game of the season came last weekend in the ACC tournament semifinal as he scored four goals and added an assist as the Hoos took down top-seeded Syracuse. The win propelled the Cavaliers into the ACC finals and gave Virginia a much-needed marquee win.
First year players combined for 99 of Virginia’s 299 points this season (33%).
Virginia placed Aitken and Kraus on the All-ACC team announced last week. Duke’s Justin Guterding and Notre Dame’s John Sexton were ACC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, and Syracuse’s John Desko was named the ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Orange to a 4-0 regular season conference record.
The Hoos will now wait to hear if they make the NCAA tournament as the field will be announced Sunday on ESPNU at 9pm.