[VIRGINIA] The college career of Ari Dimas, who started on Virginia's 2009 national championship team as a walk-on from the school's club team, is over. The NCAA ruled the midfielder is ineligible to compete for the remainder of the 2012 season.
In 2008, his first year at Virginia, Dimas played for the men’s club soccer team. He joined the varsity team in 2009 as a walk-on.
According to NCAA bylaws, playing for the club program counted as a year of varsity competition since Virginia sponsored men’s soccer as a varsity sport.
Dimas played in 59 matches during his career, starting 48 games. He played in all six of UVa’s matches this season prior to Tuesday’s contest against Mount Saint Mary’s. He scored four goals in his career – all game-winners – and added six assists.
One of the game-winners came in the Cavaliers’ 2009 NCAA Tournament third-round match against Portland.
Dimas’ participation in the first six matches this season (two exhibition, four regular season) will not result in a change of the outcome of any of those contests.
The Virginia athletic department has been fined $3,000 by the NCAA for Dimas' participation in the six contests, but Cavaliers (4-2-1 going into Friday's game at North Carolina) won't forfeit any games.
Dimas graduated in May with a double major in sociology and philosophy. He He will continue his graduate work in pursuit of a master’s degree in commerce and serve as a volunteer coach for the remainder of the 2012 season.