#4 Men’s Basketball (24-6): 64-57 Win at Clemson, 68-48 Win vs. #11 Louisville
The Virginia men’s basketball team faced Clemson on Tuesday in South Carolina. The Cavaliers built a 13-point lead before the Tigers came roaring back, nearly taking the game away from Virginia. But the ‘Hoos prevailed with a balanced effort from Malcolm Brogdon, Anthony Gill, and Marial Shayok, who all scored in double digits. UVa also led in rebounds (34-27) and Second Chance points (10-1). Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame had a terrific night, scoring 31 points in the loss to Virginia.
The Cavaliers closed out the regular season Saturday with an emotional win against Louisville on senior night. Senior Mike Tobey had a career game, scoring 15 points and picking up a staggering 20 rebounds. Brogdon and Gill added 17 and 15 points respectively as Virginia cruised to a 20-point victory. As usual, the Cavalier defense was a staple in the game, holding Clemson to only one point in the first nine minutes of the contest. UVa capped off the game in style as senior walk-on Caid Kirven nailed the first three of his career, much to the crowd’s enjoyment. Virginia will be a two seed in the ACC Tournament and will play either Clemson or Georgia Tech on Thursday, March 10th.
Women’s Basketball (16-15) : 57-53 Loss vs. Duke
The women’s basketball team fell in the second round of the ACC Tournament against Duke on Thursday. Neither offense could gain much traction, but Duke’s 30-22 edge in paint points proved to be the difference. The Blue Devils also tallied 23 points off UVa turnovers. Sophomore Aliyah Huland El led Virginia with 16 points in the loss. The Cavaliers will learn what’s to come of their postseason on Monday, March 14 when the NIT selections are announced.
#8 Baseball (7-4) : 16-8 Win vs. William & Mary, 4-2 Win vs. Monmouth, 11-10 Win vs. Monmouth, 6-4 Loss vs. Monmouth
The Virginia baseball team took on in-state rival William & Mary on Tuesday. The Cavaliers piled it on quick, scoring nine runs in the first inning en route to a 16-8 victory. Sophomore Justin Novak drove in three runs for Virginia.
The team then moved on to face Monmouth in a three game series over the weekend. In game one, UVa edged out the Hawks 4-2 after junior starter Connor Jones pitched 7 1/3 solid innings to earn his second win of the season. Junior Matt Thaiss also homered in the win.
Extra innings were needed to decide game two, where the Cavaliers won in walk-off fashion in the 11th frame. The ‘Hoos built a lead that grew as large as 9, but Monmouth responded with a combined 10 runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Still, after scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth to keep the game alive, Virginia sealed the victory with a walk-off single from senior Kevin Doherty.
Both teams tallied double digit hits in game three, but Virginia stranded too many runners on base and eventually fell to the Hawks 6-4. UVa starter Tommy Doyle surrendered four runs in eight hits in his first loss of the season. The ‘Hoos will kickoff a midweek series against Wagner starting on Tuesday, March 8th.
#17 Men’s Lacrosse (2-3) : 14-13 Loss vs. #3 Syracuse
The men’s lacrosse team nearly completed a magnificent comeback but fell just short of the Orange, 14-13. Virginia’s four straight goals in the fourth quarter came after Syracuse led much of the game. The Cavaliers also outshot Syracuse 38-31 and held a 43-29 advantage in ground balls. But goalkeeper Warren Hill tallied 13 saves for the Orange, preserving the victory. Virginia senior James Pannell scored four goals in the loss.
#7 Women’s Lacrosse (4-2) : 16-8 Win vs. William & Mary, 14-8 Loss vs. #2 Syracuse
The women’s lacrosse team recorded an impressive 16 goals on Wednesday against William & Mary. Junior Posey Valis led the Cavaliers with 4 goals of her own on a night when 10 different UVa players found the back of the net. W&M goalkeeper Alex Lista made 14 saves, but the Cavalier offense proved to be too much to overcome.
On Saturday, the ‘Hoos fell to Syracuse after a rough first half for the Cavaliers. The Orange outshot Virginia 14-6 in the first frame and quickly took the lead. Despite the three-goal performance from sophomore Kasey Behr, UVa could never take back the lead, losing to Syracuse 14-8. The team will face Loyola Maryland this Wednesday, March 9th.
#2 Men’s Tennis (10-2) : 7-0 Win at Louisville, 6-1 Win at Virginia Tech
The UVa men’s tennis team took on Louisville on Friday in what was a clean sweep for the Cavaliers. Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Mac Styslinger, J.C. Aragone, and Harrison Richmond were all victorious on the singles court.
The ‘Hoos capped off the weekend with a 6-1 win over rival Virginia Tech on Sunday. Virginia jumped out to an early lead after taking both doubles matches and didn’t look back, dropping only match on the singles court. The team will move on to face Tulsa on Thursday, March 10th.
#16 Women’s Tennis (8-4) : 4-3 Loss vs. #3 North Carolina, 7-0 Win vs. #19 Clemson
The women’s tennis team fell just short against ACC foe North Carolina on Friday in a meet that would come down to the last match. UVa picked up wins from Julia Elbaba, Meghan Kelley, and Erica Susi on the singles court, but lost both doubles matches earlier in the day. UNC’s Katie Vialle won the deciding sixth singles match against junior Victoria Olivarez to edge Virginia 4-3.
The ‘Hoos rebounded on Sunday with a 7-0 win against Clemson. Virginia enjoyed a clean sweep on the singles court, as Danielle Collins, Stephanie Nauta, Elbaba, Olivarez, Kelley, and Susi all tallied match wins. The team returns to action March 12th against Michigan.
Softball (7-12) : 2-1 Loss vs. UNC-Wilmington, 6-3 Loss vs. Radford, 8-7 Loss vs. UNC-Wilmington, 3-2 Win vs. Radford
The Virginia softball team competed in the UNCW Tournament over weekend, picking up one win in two days. On day one, UNCW capitalized on two unearned runs in the sixth inning to slide past the Cavaliers, while Radford tallied back-to-back two run innings in the 3rd and 4th to hand freshman UVa starter Lacy Smith her second loss of the season.
The ‘Hoos split day two action even after losing a heartbreaking first game against UNCW that went 12 innings. Infielder Adamczyk’s 3 RBI effort was the difference for the Seahawks, as they took home the game one victory in walk-off fashion. In game two, freshman Cavalier starter Erika Osherow pitched a complete game and the Virginia offense recorded a two run first inning that proved enough to earn the victory, 3-2. The ‘Hoos will start a two game series against Towson on Tuesday, March 8th.
Women’s Golf : 2nd, 875
The Virginia women’s golf team finished 2nd in the 17-team Darius Rucker Intercollegiate over the weekend. The Cavaliers were led by the terrific performances from seniors Lauren Coughlin and Elizabeth Szokol, who finished in second and seventh, respectively. The team will take a break before competing in the Bryan National Intercollegiate starting April 1st.
Four Cavalier wrestlers placed in the ACC Championships on Sunday, including junior George DiCamillo, who earned his third ACC title. Nick Herrmann, Chris Yankowich, and Tyler Askey all finished third in their respective divisions. DiCamillo, Herrmann, and senior Zach Nye all earned bids to the NCAA Tournament, beginning on March 17th at Madison Square Garden.