Virginia's Paul French said simply, "I was in the right place and the right time." And he was there seven times.

The junior attackman used artful dodges, took advantage of fast breaks and clean passing in the crease to tie his career high scoring output and help the No. 2 Cavaliers overpower North Carolina before a 5,601 at Scott Stadium.

With the victory, Virginia (8-1, 3-0 in ACC), secures its eighth conference title while two-time defending national champion Carolina (8-3, 1-2) finishes third in the conference behind Maryland.

While Virginia goalie J.B. Meyer repelled the Tar Heels' attack, his team broke this game open in third quarter with five straight goals--the first three by French--to move ahead, 12-5.

French scored the first and third goals in that streak from passes on open bursts downfield, his second coming on a follow of a Mike Caravana shot that goalie Tom Sears knocked down in front of the goal.

Caravana's two assists, one put in by Larry LeDoyen (four goals), the other by Brian Rogers (three goals, three assists), provided the seven-goal cushion.

Carolina made a last run at Virginia in the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers' aggressive defense held.