I had typed up a 10 page dissertation covering what an amazing job the ten Virginia squads who saw action this weekend did. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties (largely resulting from user error), all of that was lost. That's right, the wit and humor that I had concocted is floating somewhere out there in the interwebs and out of your reach. And at the risk of my journalistic integrity, I am only going to give you the two-minute drill version of this huddle.
Men's Basketball: There's no beating around this bush. We went from 5-2 to start the ACC to 5-9, after an 18 point loss to Duke Sunday night. Landesberg did not play and Scott, who went 0-6 from the field, only played 12 minutes, keeping him scoreless over two games. I can't help but wonder if Coach Bennett is forcing the other players to learn how to play without relying on these two. In any event, finish the season with two wins, and we have a 7-9 record and pretty much a lock on the NIT. Lose the final two games, and we risk affirming what the media said in October, that we should be eleventh in the ACC.
Women's Basketball: The women also lost by 18 to Duke, but we aren't focused on that. We are, however, focused on Monica Wright's 27 points in her final home game Sunday night, defeating Virginia Tech 55-46. Not enough good things can be said about this student-athlete, except that she's everything a Virginia program needs.
Track & Field: We picked up individual ACC titles in the men's 5K, shot put, men's and women's distance medley relay, and 800m dash. Holler.
Swimming & Diving: Not to be outdone by the women, our men also threepeated an ACC Championship title this weekend, getting their eleventh title in twelve seasons. WE'RE NUMBER ONE! WE'RE NUMBER ONE!
Men's Tennis: The No. 1 men swept the triple header on Saturday, defeating Wofford, Liberty, and Longwood by a combined 21-0.
Baseball: I don't really need to say much here because Will's got it covered. But we're still No. 1, baby.
Women's Tennis: The women's team also went 21-0 this weekend, defeating ACC foes Boston College (on the road) and Maryland, as well as local rivals Old Dominion. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 25 and improve to 8-2, 2-0 ACC.
Softball: The softball team did not enjoy as great success this weekend, as we hosted the Cavalier Invitational (at CNU due to field conditions). We beat George Washington twice, 9-1 and 6-0, but lost to Notre Dame twice, 3-11, 0-9. In an effort to further hone in on their skills, Virginia has added the Cavalier Classic this upcoming weekend.
And take a deep breath. Phew.
Men's Lacrosse: No. 2 Virginia showed Stony Brook who's boss, defeating the Seawolved 13-8 in Charlottesville. It's their final tune-up game before the huge No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown against Syracuse on Sunday. This guy will be there.
Women's Lacrosse: No. 12 UVa upset No. 6 Syracuse this weekend at home, 14-13, and improve to 2-1, handing Syracuse their first loss of the season. It was a beautiful sight. Next we face No. 2 Maryland -- no easy feat.
And that's that. Overall it was a pretty great weekend for the Wahoos, notwithstanding the blowout Sunday to Duke.