#4 Men’s Basketball (26-7) : 72-52 Win vs. Georgia Tech, 73-68 Win vs. #11 Miami, 61-57 Loss vs. #7 North Carolina
The Virginia basketball team started ACC Tournament play on Wednesday against Georgia Tech. UVa dominated both sides of the ball, running an offense that shot an efficient 54%, while holding the Yellow Jackets to only 52 points. The Cavaliers capitalized on GT’s mistakes as well, scoring 22 points off of turnovers. Senior Malcolm Brogdon continued to lead the ‘Hoos, recording 26 points in the contest.
UVa had a bit tougher time against Miami on Friday, pulling out a narrow five-point win in the ACC Tournament Semifinals. Virginia held as much as a 13-point advantage late in the second half, but Miami was able to make a last minute push that gave many Wahoo fans a scare. But Brogdon’s 26 points was too much for the Hurricanes to overcome, and Virginia took home the victory, advancing to the ACC Tournament Championship Game.
Virginia dropped a heartbreaker in the ACC Championship game against UNC Saturday. It was a tight game from the start, as neither team could pull away. The Tar Heels shot an impressive 55% in the first half, but the UVa defense limited their opportunities, and the teams entered the break tied at 28. But the Cavaliers would hit a dry stretch midway through the second half, shooting 2-20 and allowing UNC to go on a 15-2 run to take the game away from the Cavaliers. The ‘Hoos couldn’t seem to buy a basket, missing shot after shot even after getting good looks. Virginia made a last minute push, but the effort fell just short, and the Tar Heels walked away with the ACC crown. Brogdon led Virginia with 15 points, but was 6-22 from the field. The Cavaliers were selected as a number one seed for the NCAA Tournament and begin play on Thursday, March 17th against Hampton.
#10 Baseball (11-5) : 6-2 Win vs. Wagner, 20-7 Win vs. Wagner, 6-0 Win at Duke, 7-6 Win at Duke, 3-0 Loss at Duke
The Virginia baseball team swept their midweek series against Wagner on Tuesday and Wednesday. UVa rode sophomore Adam Haseley’s great start in game one, as the pitcher threw a career best 7 1/3 innings. The Cavaliers’ offense found success as well, scoring six runs led by sophomore Ernie Clement’s two RBI.
Speaking of offense, the ‘Hoos put up an unprecedented 20 runs and 20 hits in game two of the series against Wagner, the most runs scored by Virginia since 2010. Sophomore Pavin Smith led the Cavaliers with four RBI, while freshman Cameron Comer added three of his own. Virginia scored eight of its runs in the eighth inning alone.
Virginia opened ACC play with a three game series at Duke this weekend. Junior UVa starter Connor Jones pitched an outstanding eight scoreless innings to lead the Cavaliers to the shutout victory in game one. Junior Matt Thaiss provided the offense, blasting a three run homer in the fifth inning to seal the game.
Game two was a much closer affair, but the ‘Hoos prevailed with a one run victory thanks to some clutch hitting. Freshman Cavalier starter Daniel Lynch allowed four runs in just 3.2 innings, putting Virginia down early. But the UVa offense responded in the fifth inning, tallying three runs to tie the game. The Cavaliers added three more runs in the seventh, but had to Stave Off a two run Blue Devil rally in the ninth to hold on for the win.
UVa dropped game three on Sunday 3-0 after Duke starter Brian McAfee pitched a complete game shutout. The Blue Devils got ahead early with two runs in the bottom of the first and rode their outstanding pitching from there, as Virginia recorded five hits but couldn’t get a man across to score. Haseley picked up two hits in the loss. The ‘Hoos return to Davenport on Tuesday for a midweek series against Towson before taking on Wake Forest this weekend.
#17 Men’s Lacrosse (3-4) : 9-7 Win vs. Saint Joseph’s, 14-10 Loss at Cornell
The men’s lacrosse team took on Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday at home, coming out with the close victory after outscoring the Hawks 5-1 in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Mike D’Amario and freshman Phil Poquie led the Cavaliers with two goals a piece. Junior Virginia goalkeeper Matt Barrett added eight saves in the win.
The ‘Hoos dropped their match on Saturday at Cornell, 14-10. This time, UVa was outscored 5-1 in the fourth quarter, as the Cavaliers struggled to close out the game. Cornell’s Colton Rupp recorded a game-high four goals. Junior Ryan Lukacovic led Virginia with three scores in the loss. The team will travel to Notre Dame to take on the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
#8 Women’s Lacrosse (4-4) : 7-6 Loss at Loyola, 11-10 2OT Loss vs. #4 North Carolina
The Cavalier women’s lacrosse team dropped a close one against Loyola on Wednesday after a Virginia rally came up just short. The ‘Hoos scored five goals in the second half, but Loyola’s goalkeeper Molly Wolf held on with seven saves to deny Virginia the win. Sophomore Daniela Kelly led the Cavaliers with two goals in the loss.
The ‘Hoos faced another tough loss on Saturday in a game that went to double overtime. Virginia recovered from a four run deficit, but ran out of steam in the extra frame. UNC out-shot the Cavaliers 33-28, and scored the game-winning goal with just two seconds left in double overtime. Virginia will take on sixth-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday.
#4 Men’s Tennis (12-2) : 6-1 Win at Tulsa, 4-3 Win vs. #13 Oklahoma
The Virginia men’s tennis team traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma this week. They faced the Tulsa Hurricanes on Thursday, posting a solid 6-1 victory. The Cavaliers dropped one doubles match early, but recovered with wins from the teams of Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli, and J.C. Aragone and Collin Altamirano. Virginia also took five of the six matches on the singles court.
On Saturday, the ‘Hoos took on Oklahoma, escaping with a narrow 4-3 win. Virginia took two out of the three doubles matches, but dropped three singles matches shortly after. But J.C. Aragone clinched the victory for the Cavaliers with a 6-4, 6-3 win over OU’s Maxime Mora. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Henrik Wiersholm both added wins on the doubles court for Virginia. The team will move on to face NC State at home on Friday.
#10 Women’s Tennis (9-4) : 4-2 Win vs. #6 Michigan
The women’s tennis team faced sixth-ranked Michigan on Saturday, taking home the 4-2 victory. Virginia jumped out to a quick lead on the doubles court, sweeping both early matches. The Wolverines responded with two wins in singles play, but the ‘Hoos answered back with four wins of their own to close out the victory. Skylar Morton, Stephanie Nauta, Victoria Olivarez, and Meghan Kelley all picked up wins for Virginia. The Cavaliers return to action on Thursday against Georgia.
Softball (8-18) : 10-2 Loss at Towson, 6-3 Loss at Towson, 4-3 Win at George Washington, 5-2 Loss at George Washington, 9-2 Loss vs. #20 Notre Dame, 7-3 Loss vs. #20 Notre Dame, 16-3 Loss vs. #20 Notre Dame
The Virginia softball team dropped both games against Towson on Tuesday. In game one, Towson drove in a staggering 10 runs to slug their way to victory. In game two, the Tigers scored five runs in the fifth, handing UVa pitcher Lacy Smith her third loss of the year.
The Cavaliers split their two games against George Washington on Wednesday. Virginia took game one with a three run homer from sophomore Lauren Heintzelman in the second inning. But GW responded in game two, capitalizing on UVa errors to take the 5-2 win.
The ‘Hoos were swept by Notre Dame in a three game series on Saturday and Sunday. Senior Aimee Chapdelaine hit a two run homer for the Cavaliers in the first inning of game one, but UVa was once again plagued by errors, and the Fighting Irish came back to take the win after scoring seven unearned runs. Notre Dame’s four-run fourth inning propelled them to victory in game two, staving off a late Cavalier rally. Notre Dame’s offense exploded in game three, as the Fighting Irish scored 11 runs in a span of two innings to Put Away Virginia for the sweep. Freshman Cavalier starter Erika Osherow took the loss, moving her record to 6-11 on the season. Virginia will take on Louisville in a three game series at home next weekend.
Men’s Golf : 2nd, 893
The men’s golf team finished up action at the Palmetto Intercollegiate on Tuesday, where the Cavaliers finished second out of 18 teams. UVa was led by juniors Derek Bard and Jimmy Stranger, who finished fifth and sixth respectively.
Men’s Track & Field : 8th, 18
The Virginia men’s track & field team competed in the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend, as the Cavaliers finished eighth in the meet. UVa Junior Henry Wynne took home the national title in the men’s mile, while redshirt sophomore Filip Mihaljevic finished second in the shot put competition. The Cavaliers return to action on March 19th in Charlottesville to open up the outdoor season.
Swimming & Diving
The Cavalier diving team competed in the NCAA Zone A Championships this week where three Virginia divers qualified for the NCAA Women’s Championships. Senior Becca Corbet, sophomore Corey Johnson, and freshman Kylie Towbin became the first trio in UVa history to qualify for the nationals Wednesday. The NCAA Women’s Championships will begin March 16th.
#4 Women’s Rowing
The women’s rowing team swept all six races in the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on Sunday, beating out Clemson, Central Florida, Oklahoma, and Louisville. UVa was led by their First Varsity Eight team, comprised of Colette Lucas-Conwell, Mackenzie Sherman, Tessa Dickers, Georgia Ratcliff, Erin Briggs, Maxime Lubbers, Heidi Long, Alice Darry, and Sam Casto.