Photos: Virginia vs Denver (NCAA Men's Semifinal)

The Virginia men's lacrosse team rose above controversy Saturday the way it has all season – with the ball in Steele Stanwick's stick and a suffocating zone defense that has suddenly become its calling card. Colin Briggs, one of Cavaliers' top midfielders following the dismissal of Shamel Bratton and indefinite suspension of Rhamel Bratton, was suspended for Virginia's NCAA semifinal game against Denver. It did not matter. Stanwick continued his late-season renaissance and Tewaaraton Trophy campaign with three goals and two assists, leading the seventh-seeded Cavaliers to a surprisingly easy 14-8 victory over the sixth-seeded Pioneers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. © Joe Rogate