Virginia's miserable ACC season came to an end on Wednesday when regular-season champion Boston College beat the Cavaliers, 1-0, in the
quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, being played in Cary, N.C.
The Cavs slumped badly in the second half of the season and finished 1-5-2 in the eighth spot in the nine-team
conference -- its worst finish ever.
To make matters worse, star Yannick Reyering
was lost for the season with a knee injury in the final game of
the ACC regular season.
Virginia beat last-place N.C. State, 4-1, in a play-in on Tuesday but was missing three key players -- Neil Barlow
, Matt Mitchell
and Reyering -- for the BC game. Jamie Melas
scored the game-winning goal in the 64th minute for
top-seeded Boston College.
"I am proud of the way we fought and how hard we played," Virginia coach George Gelnovatc
h said. "We were without Matt
Mitchell, Yannick Reyering and Neil Barlow and had played 90 minutes the day before, so I think that took its toll on us. Now we are looking forward to the NCAA Tournament."
overall and 9-1-0 in non-conference play, the Cavaliers should get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.