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Matt Ward
Matt Ward

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Oakton, Va.

High School:
Landon

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 203

Position:
A



04/27/2013

Virginia and No. 1 North Carolina Clash Sunday For ACC Title

UVa aims for seventh ACC Tournament championship

04/23/2013

Virginia Set for Rematch with No. 3 Maryland in ACC Tournament Tussle

ACC Championship to be contested inside UNC's Kenan Stadium for the third time


Worth Noting:
Will go down as one of the all-time greats at Virginia ... explosive and consistent scorer ... four-year starter on attack ... helped lead the Cavaliers to three Final Four appearances (2003, `05-'06) and two national championships (2003, `06) during his career ... part of the first group in UVa history to win two NCAA titles ... team captain as a junior and senior ... recipient of the Tewaaraton Trophy as the top player in the nation as a senior in 2006 ... also named the USILA Player of the Year that season ... three-time All-American, including a first-team selection as a senior ... finished his career third in school history with 139 goals, seventh in points (208) and 15th in assists (69) ... his 139 career goals are ninth in ACC history, while his 208 points are tied for 16th ... scored 30 goals in NCAA Championship games, the fifth most in tournament history ... one of only five players in history named to the NCAA Championships All-Tournament team at least three times; was named the Most Outstanding Player as a senior in 2006 ... scored at least one goal in 55 of 62 games in his career ... led Virginia in goals his last three years (2004-06) ... joins Doug Knight (1995-97) as the only players to lead UVa in goals three years in a row ... also led the team in points his last three years to become only the sixth UVa player to lead for three consecutive seasons ... three-time All-ACC selection, one of only 13 players in school history so honored ... one of only eight players in UVa history to score at least 50 goals through his sophomore year ... selected by the Baltimore Bayhawks in the first round (fourth overall pick) of the Major League Lacrosse draft ... received his degree in commerce in May 2006.


Career Honors: 2006--Tewaaraton Trophy recipient as the nation's best player ... received the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the USILA's Player of the Year ... first-team All-American ... All-ACC ... Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championships ... NCAA Championships All-Tournament ... All-ACC Tournament ... USILA Scholar All-American. 2005--Second-team All-American ... All-ACC ... received the Dr. Allen Voshell Award as UVa's most valuable player. 2004--Third-team All-American ... All-ACC ... All-ACC Tournament ... Best on Offense (UVa team award) ... ACC Honor Roll. 2003-- NCAA Championships All-Tournament team ... ACC Honor Roll.


Career Highlights:
2006--The top player on the nation's best team as UVa became the first team in NCAA history to go 17-0 ... recipient of the Tewaaraton Trophy, lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, as the top player in the nation ... USILA Player of the Year ... first-team All-American ... All-ACC for the third consecutive year ... team captain for the second year in a row ... led the ACC in points (67, 3.94/g) and goals (42, 2.47/g), and was second in assists (1.47/g) ... his 25 assists were the most in the ACC ... nationally he ranked fifth in goals (2.47/g), sixth in scoring (3.94/g) and 17th in assists (1.47/g) ... his 67 total points and 42 goals were both fourth in the country and were the most by a Cavalier in seven years ... scored at least once in every game but one (Towson) ... had better numbers vs. ranked teams than unranked teams ... averaged 2.64 goals and 1.55 assists per game against ranked teams and 2.16 goals and 1.33 assists vs. unranked teams ... led the team in goals eight times and in points on eight occasions ... 12 multi-goal performances ... led the team with four assists in the season opener against Drexel and finished with five points ... scored three goals and had two assists vs. Denver ... led the way with four goals in a home win over Stony Brook ... had a 3-goal, 2-assist performance in a convincing win over third-ranked Syracuse ... scored twice in a 7-6 win at Princeton, the Cavaliers' closest game all season ... didn't score a goal vs. Towson, but led the team with three assists ... was UVa's leading scorer against Johns Hopkins with three points (1g, 2a) ... scored two goals against Maryland and three vs. North Carolina in ACC play ... scored three goals against Bellarmine in his final regular season home game ... scored twice and had an assist against Maryland in championship game of the ACC Tournament as UVa won the title ... broke his right hand on a shot in that game against the Terrapins ... played the rest of the season with a cast on his hand, but he didn't let that hold him back ... was dominant during Virginia's march to its second NCAA title in four years ... was UVa's leading points scorer in all four NCAA tournament games ... averaged 2.47 points and 1.47 assists per game in four NCAA Tournament games ... opened the playoffs with a game-high four goals against Notre Dame in the first round despite the broken hand ... scored three goals and added a career-high five assists for eight points, also a career high, in a quarterfinal win over Georgetown ... scored four goals to pace the Cavaliers to a semifinal win over Syracuse ... ended his collegiate career with a season-high five goals in the NCAA finals vs. UMass as Virginia became the first team in NCAA Division I history to complete a season with a 17-0 record ... his five goals were the most in the championship game in six years ... set an NCAA Championships record with 16 goals ... tallied 22 total points (16g, 6a) in the tournament, the most in 16 years, and are fourth all-time ... named the Most Outstanding Player of the playoffs.

2005--Team captain ... led the squad in goals (38) and points (49), fifth with 11 assists ... third in the ACC and 10th nationally in goals (2.53/g) ... sixth in the ACC in scoring (3.27 ppg) ... second-team All-American ... All-ACC for the second year in a row ... team MVP ... scored at least one goal in every game but one (Navy) ... led the team in goals 10 times and points eight ... 11 multi-goal performances ... notched a season-high five goals, and added an assist, in the first game vs. Drexel ... scored three in a win over Manhattan ... scored twice against Syracuse and tied his career high with six ground balls ... two goals, two assists vs. Princeton ... five goals, one assist vs. Towson ... four goals and an assist in the regular season vs. Johns Hopkins ... three goals, one assist vs. North Carolina ... scored three goals, one assist in first round of NCAA Tournament vs. Albany ... scored four goals in the national semifinals vs. Johns Hopkins ... his fourth goal of the game with 12.9 seconds left looked like it would be the game winner, but the Blue Jays forced overtime and won ... named to the NCAA Championships All-Tournament team.


2004--Assumed a disproportionate share of the offensive load ... was the team's most explosive and consistent scorer ... led the team in scoring (46), goals (33) and assists (13), the first Cavalier to lead all three since Tucker Radebaugh in 1999 ... third-team All-American ... All-ACC ... All-ACC Tournament ... named team's Offensive MVP ... ranked ninth nationally in goals (2.54/g), third in the ACC ... was 11th in the country in scoring with an average of 3.54 ppg, third in the ACC ... had 10 multigoal games ... led the team in goals eight times ... opened the season by leading the way with a 2-goal, 2-assist game against Drexel ... tallied three goals vs. Air Force ... scored three goals and added a season-high four assists vs. Syracuse ... his seven points were a season high ... led the team with three goals against Princeton ... scored UVa's final two goals, including the game-winner 30 seconds into overtime, against Towson to end a four-game losing streak ... was shutout by Maryland, ending a 13-game goal-scoring streak, but came back with five goals and two assists against North Carolina ... scored twice in a win over Duke ... scored six goals vs. North Carolina to propel UVa to the finals of the ACC Tournament ... his six goals were second-most in ACC Tourney history and the most by a Cavalier since 1996 ... scored twice and had an assist in the championship game against Maryland ... led the team with three goals against Penn State ... named to the ACC Honor Roll for the second time for his academic achievement and athletic participation.

2003--Blended in well on a very young attack unit that featured sophomores John Christmas and Joe Yevoli ... listed as the nation's #3 freshman by Inside Lacrosse ... didn't have the pressure of having to score and was able to work at his own pace ... scored 26 goals and added 20 assists ... one of only two freshmen (along with Notre Dame's Patrick Walsh) to score 20 goals and add 20 assists ... was the fifth UVa "20-20" freshman ... his 26 goals tied for fifth in the nation by a freshman, second in the ACC and fifth all-time by a UVa rookie ... tied for third in the country in points by a freshman ... his 46 points also tied for the lead among ACC rookies and are sixth on UVa's all-time freshman list ... 20 assists led ACC freshmen and were tied for third in the nation among freshmen ... that figure was ninth by a Cavalier rookie ... 24 of his 26 goals came against ranked teams, the highest percentage on the team ... had seven multi-goal games ... scored three goals, the first of his career, in the win over Syracuse in his second game ... scored twice and had an assist vs. Princeton ... three goals and an assist vs. Notre Dame ... led the team with five points (2g, 3a) in a win over North Carolina ... scored twice vs. Duke ... three assists in the overtime win vs. UNC in the ACC Tournament ... didn't score in the finals vs. Duke, his only scoreless game of the season ... after a quiet ACC Tournament, he broke loose with a huge performance against Penn State ... scored a season-high four goals, his first goals in three games, and added an assist to lead the Cavaliers to a narrow 11-10 win ... his lone assist was important as he found A.J. Shannon open in front for what proved to be the game winner ... scored a goal and added an assist against Mount St. Mary's in a first round NCAA playoff game ... led the team in scoring with four points (1g, 3a) in the quarterfinals vs. Georgetown ... also snagged six ground balls, a career high ... paced the attack with four goals and an assist in the national semifinals against Maryland ... scored once in the finals vs. Johns Hopkins ... had a big defensive play with less than a minute-and-a-half to go ... following a UVa turnover, he disrupted a Hopkins clear attempt that allowed UVa to gain possession and run out the clock ... named to the NCAA Championships All-Tournament team.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four letters in lacrosse ... All-American ... two-time Washington Post Player of the Year and All-Met ... All-State, All-County and All-Conference as a junior and senior ... 33 goals and 20 assists as a senior ... scored the winning goal in overtime of conference championship that year ... 45 goals and 18 assists as a junior ... also lettered in football and basketball.

PERSONAL: Son of Elaine and Ken Ward ... born 3-30-83 in Falls Church, Va. ... has two sisters, Kristin and Gabrielle, and a brother, Colin ... Senior Class vice-president ... received the William Harrison Triplett Award for significant contribution's to his school's athletic programs ... received his degree in commerce in May 2006.

WARD STATISTICALLY

Year Games G.Balls Shots Goals Assists Pts Pen
2003 17 45 88 26 20 46 4-2:00
2004 13 27 113 33 13 46 3-3:00
2005 15 47 138 38 11 49 0
Career 45 119 239 97 44 141 7-5:00