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On This Day In History | 2003

May 26, 2015

On this day 12 years ago, Nathan Kenney ’01 helped the University of Virginia win the 3rd men’s lacrosse National Championship in school history. The sophomore midfielder had 4 goals and 2 assists for the Cavaliers during the 2003 campaign, but it was his defense that helped the Wahoos overcome a talented Johns Hopkins squad and earn the crown.

With Virginia holding a two goal lead midway through the fourth quarter, Kenney leveled a hit on a Blue Jay, dislodging the ball and securing it for the Cavaliers. On the ensuing possession Virginia would score it’s 9th and final goal of the game en route to a 9-7 win.

Kenney would finish his career with Syracuse in 2006, helping the Orange reach the Final Four. In the semifinal match-up versus his old squad, Virginia, Kenney literally ripped a hole in the net on a third quarter goal.

Championship mettle runs in the Kenney family as his older brothers each won titles: Jake ’96 with Princeton in 1997 and 1998 and Derek ’98 with Virginia in 1999. Derek was the starting goalie for the Cavaliers as a freshman, leading them to their first National Championship in 27 years.

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