UVA Sports Weekly Recap

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#1 Men’s Basketball (29-7) : 84-71 Win vs. #4 Iowa State, 68-62 Loss vs. #10 Syracuse
Virginia toppled Iowa State 84-71 on Friday to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995. Iowa State never led in the game, as the ‘Hoos played well from the start. Senior Anthony Gill led the charge, scoring 23 points and adding eight rebounds in the win. Three other Cavaliers scored in the double digits in what was a balanced team effort from Virginia. Georges Niang did everything he could to keep the Cyclones in the game, scoring 30 points and tallying four assists. But the Cavaliers were too much to handle, holding on to the lead and the eventual victory.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/L_fGkpcWFRM

The Cavaliers’ season came to a heartbreaking end against Syracuse on Sunday. After a rough start, Virginia quickly gained traction, building a lead that would grow as large as 16 thanks to junior London Perrantes’ 15 points in the first half. But Syracuse never gave up, clawing its way back into the game and eventually taking the lead late in the second half. Malachi Richardson single-handedly brought the Orange back into the game, as the freshman’s 23 points were a game high. Syracuse’s run came at the right time and UVa was unable to get even before time expired. The Orange will become just the fourth double-digit seed to advance to the Final Four.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/kMkoQH1IjQY

Women’s Basketball (18-16) : 65-57 Loss at Hofstra
The Virginia women’s basketball team had its season come to an end on Tuesday, falling to Hofstra in the Round of 16 of the WNIT. Hofstra limited the ‘Hoos to just 35% shooting and scored 31 points off UVa turnovers. Sophomore Lauren Moses led the Cavaliers with 16 points. It was Faith Randolph’s last game with Virginia, as the outstanding senior’s 1,346 points ranks 17th all-time in UVa history.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/93-QlW5kfqU

#9 Baseball (17-7) : 15-6 Win vs. James Madison, 6-3 Win at #7 Louisville, 11-4 Loss at #7 Louisville, 15-0 Loss at Louisville

Virginia raked in an impressive 17 hits against JMU on Saturday, taking down the Dukes 15-6. Sophomore Justin Novak had a great day at the plate, going 4 for 5 and driving in two runs. Sophomore Adam Haseley picked up the win, moving to 5-0 on the season.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/Wze1ZU4YpYo

The ‘Hoos took game one against Louisville 6-3 on Friday. Junior Matt Thaiss and sophomore Pavin Smith each drove in three runs in the victory, accounting for all of Virginia’s offense. Junior Connor Jones picked up his fifth win of the season, improving to 5-0.

The Cardinals enjoyed a fantastic day at the plate on Saturday, downing Virginia 11-4. Louisville scored 11 runs on 11 hits, hitting three home runs in the process. UVa was forced to use five pitchers in the game in an effort to slow down Louisville’s offense. Junior Daniel Pinero and freshman Ryan Karstetter each went 2-4 for the Cavaliers in the loss.

Louisville took the rubber match of the series in dominating fashion on Sunday, scoring 15 runs against the Cavaliers. The Cardinals scored ten runs in the bottom of the fifth after batting around the order. Louisville’s Danny Rosenbaum had a fantastic game, tallying three hits and driving in three runs. Virginia will take on Old Dominion on Tuesday before facing NC State in a three game series this weekend in Charlottesville.

Men’s Lacrosse (4-5) : 13-12 OT Win vs. #8 Johns Hopkins

Virginia toppled eighth ranked Johns Hopkins on Sunday after an overtime upset in Charlottesville. The game was close throughout, as the ‘Hoos scored the game-tying goal with 20 seconds left in the game. Then, 19 seconds into overtime, sophomore Mike D’Amario slung in the game-winning goal, giving the Cavaliers their fourth win of the season and possession of the Doyle Smith Cup. The cup is awarded annually to the regular season winner of the UVa-Johns Hopkins game. This is the third year in a row the Cavaliers have held the cup. Virginia will return to action against VMI on Tuesday.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/VfEBJh6-KGM

#13 Women’s Lacrosse (5-6) : 10-9 Win vs. James Madison, 11-8 Loss at #15 Duke

The women’s lacrosse team used a seven-goal second half to edge JMU on Wednesday, 10-9. UVa started the second frame with a 5-1 run led by junior Kelly Reese, who scored twice in five minutes. Virginia continued to dominate offensively, as sophomore Kasey Behr’s goal with three minutes left sealed the victory for the Cavaliers.

Highlights: https://youtu.be/YTGNmu2mPVE

The ‘Hoos fell to the 15th ranked Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, 11-8. UVa outshot Duke 22-17, but Blue Devil goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea made 12 saves in a fantastic effort. Sophomore Kasey Behr and junior Posey Valis each scored three goals for Virginia, but the Duke offense was too much to overcome. UVa will move on to face Boston College on Saturday.

#2 Men’s Tennis (16-2) : 6-1 Win vs. Notre Dame, 7-0 Win vs. Boston College
The Virginia men’s tennis team continued to stay hot on Friday, taking down Notre Dame 6-1. The ‘Hoos took all but one match on the singles court, as Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, J.C. Aragone, Henrik Wiersholm, and Mac Styslinger all picked up wins.
The Cavaliers moved on to win their eighth straight in a clean sweep against Boston College on Saturday. Shane, Altamirano, Wiersholm, Styslinger, Corinteli, and Richmond were all match winners for the Cavaliers. Virginia returns to action Friday, April 1st against North Carolina.

#12 Women’s Tennis (10-7) : 5-2 Loss at #6 Miami, 4-0 Win at Florida State

The Cavaliers dropped an ACC meet against sixth ranked Miami on Friday. The Hurricanes got an early lead after winning the doubles point and sealed the victory on the singles court with Clara Tanielian’s win over Erica Susi. Senior Danielle Collins and freshman Meghan Kelley picked up match wins in the loss.

Virginia bounced back to sweep Florida State on Sunday. Collins, Elbaba, Nauta, Olivarez, Kelley, and Susi all won singles matches for the Cavaliers. UVa will face Duke on Friday in Charlottesville.

Softball (11-23) 7-1 Loss at Longwood, 6-3 Win at Longwood, 8-5 Win at Pittsburgh, 11-3 Loss at Pittsburgh, 4-2 Win at Pittsburgh

Virginia split their doubleheader with Longwood on Wednesday. The Longwood pitching was outstanding in game one, holding the Cavaliers to only one run off of a fielding error in the UVa loss. But Virginia responded in game two, as sophomore Danni Ingraham led the ‘Hoos with a solo homerun and 2-3 performance at the plate. Freshman pitcher Lacy Smith picked up the win for UVa.

The ‘Hoos faced Pittsburgh in a three game series this weekend. The ‘Hoos picked up their first ACC win of the season on Friday, downing the Panthers 8-5. Freshman pitcher Erika Osherow pitched a complete game for the Cavaliers, while Allie Arneson and McKall Miller each homered to seal the victory.

Virginia kicked off a Double Header on Saturday against Pitt, dropping the first game 11-3. UVa kept the game close thanks to some clutch hitting, but the Panthers slugged four homeruns in a two-inning span, bolstering their lead and ensuring the victory. In game two, home runs from Iyana Hughes and Allison Davis propelled the ‘Hoos to a 4-2 victory and the ACC series win. UVa will move on the face Radford on Tuesday before taking on JMU in a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Men’s Golf : 4th, 861

The Virginia golf team finished fourth out of 13 teams in the Linger Longer Invitational on Tuesday. Two Cavaliers placed in the top 10, as junior Derek Bard took fourth place, while junior Jimmy Stranger placed eighth. Next up for Virginia is the Wolfpack Invitational starting on April 16th.
Swimming & Diving : Men’s NCAA Championships – 28th, 15 pts.

The Virginia men’s swimming & diving team finished their season with a 28th place performance in the NCAA Championships on Saturday. Senior Yannick Kaeser led the Cavaliers with a seventh place finish in the 200-breast race. Freshman Zach Fong also finished 26th in the 200-yard butterfly.

Track & Field

Both the men and women’s track & field teams competed in the Fred Hardy Invitational over the weekend. The eighth ranked men’s team won three events, headlined by freshman Devin Barnes’ victory in the men’s 800-meter race. The Cavalier women added two event wins of their own, as junior Heather Smith took the 100-meter hurdles race while fellow junior Micah Brickhill took home first place in the women’s 800-meter race. Virginia will move on to compete in the Florida Relays this Thursday-Saturday.


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