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Monday Motivation: October 20

Relatively quiet week for Virginia, but the 2014 baseball team got some major swag.

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

It was a relatively slow week for Virginia Athletics, and absolutely nothing happened in Durham this weekend. Nope. Nothing. Don't care what you've heard.

To open, fun with track and field!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>More fun with <a href="https://twitter.com/UVA_Track">@UVA_Track</a>...I call this one &quot;Streaking the Lawn&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gohoos?src=hash">#Gohoos</a> <a href="http://t.co/05yMId88DP">pic.twitter.com/05yMId88DP</a></p>&mdash; Matt Riley - UVa (@uvasportsphotos) <a href="https://twitter.com/uvasportsphotos/status/523204977779822593">October 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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We here at Streaking the Lawn approve.

The No.6 Field Hockey team downed Liberty 3-2 in an overtime thriller. Virginia fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 before Lucy Hyams tied the game with under two minutes to play in regulation. Not surprisingly, first year phenom Tara Vittese scored the game winner a little over four minutes into the extra time period.  Vittese finished with two goals and an assist, while Hyams added an assist to her tying score.

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Virginia closes out their regular season schedule with a road trip to Boston to take on ACC foe Boston College and then a jaunt with Boston University.

Women's Soccer traveled for their first time to Louisville for a 2-1 victory over the newly ACC'd Cardinals. The Hoos fell behind 1-0 just 18 minutes in, but Makenzy Doniak knocked in a Morgan Reuther cross to knot the score exactly five minutes later. Just before halftime, second year transfer Tina Iordanou (of Vanderbilt previously) scored her first career Cavalier goal, which proved to be the game winner. Reuther also assisted Iordanou's tally, and goalkeeper Morgan Stearns grabbed one save.

Doniak and crew head to Durham on Thursday to take on Duke, a game that will be televised by ESPN3. Game time is 7pm.

Men's Golf participated in their final fall tourney this past week, the US Collegiate Championship. Virginia, currently ranked No.25, were led by a phenomenal outing by second year Derek Bard, who won the individual title for the tournament. Bard finished with a three day score of 201, including an impressive 8-under final round, which pushed him past teammate Denny McCarthy (shot a 207).

The Hoos not only hung in there with multiple higher-ranked teams, but nearly won the whole tournament. They finished one stroke behind No.9 Texas for second overall, 843-844, but held a 13 stroke lead on third place LSU. In fact, all but four of the competing teams are currently ranked in the top 30 according to Golfstat.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No. 25 <a href="https://twitter.com/UVaMensGolf">@UVaMensGolf</a> bested 6 teams in the top 15 as they took 2nd place at the U.S. Collegiate Championship this weekend! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wahoowa?src=hash">#Wahoowa</a>, Hoos!</p>&mdash; Hoo Crew (@UVaHooCrew) <a href="https://twitter.com/UVaHooCrew/status/523980939131510787">October 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The USA Today preseason basketball rankings came out this week and the Hoos found themselves with some lofty expectations:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We are ranked No. 8 in the <a href="https://twitter.com/USATODAY">@USAToday</a> Coaches Poll, our highest preseason ranking since 1982-83 - <a href="http://t.co/4KUn9pvTJB">http://t.co/4KUn9pvTJB</a></p>&mdash; UVa Men&#39;s Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) <a href="https://twitter.com/UVAMensHoops/status/522839362422063106">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Only 25 more days until basketball starts, so here's an early #NOLTEFACE for you!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>PANCAKE NIGHT AT OHILL TONIGHT UNTIL 9pm!!! Come and get breakfast for dinner! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/P4P?src=hash">#P4P</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/flip4acure?src=hash">#flip4acure</a> <a href="http://t.co/UlwlX3Ikt2">pic.twitter.com/UlwlX3Ikt2</a></p>&mdash; Pancakes4Parkinsons (@P4P_at_UVa) <a href="https://twitter.com/P4P_at_UVa/status/523963821669769218">October 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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On top of that, the legendary Ralph Sampson stopped by practice to visit with the team. Here's a photo that show them all looking normal height-ed (how is it possible for Darion to look short?!).

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great to have the legendary Ralph Sampson stop by practice today! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RalphsHouse?src=hash">#RalphsHouse</a> <a href="http://t.co/oU7m6j4QE4">pic.twitter.com/oU7m6j4QE4</a></p>&mdash; UVa Men&#39;s Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) <a href="https://twitter.com/UVAMensHoops/status/522491042374094848">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Last, but certainly not least, the College World Series runners-up received their swag in a ceremony at Davenport Field.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>2014 CWS Team Ring ceremony, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Team1186?src=hash">#Team1186</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UVA?src=hash">#UVA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Baseball?src=hash">#Baseball</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Im?src=hash">#Im</a> In <a href="http://t.co/00lWfTTLmZ">pic.twitter.com/00lWfTTLmZ</a></p>&mdash; Kevin McMullan (@Kevin44McMullan) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kevin44McMullan/status/523446588501655552">October 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The rings were pretty sweet, and it was good for the guys to all come back together for the event.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UVa?src=hash">#UVa</a> CWS ring, modeled by <a href="https://twitter.com/Hoos_urPapi">@Hoos_urPapi</a> <a href="http://t.co/ArSlg4WwnH">pic.twitter.com/ArSlg4WwnH</a></p>&mdash; Andrew Ramspacher (@ARamspacher) <a href="https://twitter.com/ARamspacher/status/523265220954054656">October 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Next year, let's bring back the championship!

Virginia Football hosts UNC Chapel Hill on Saturday at noon for Homecomings, so come to Scott, get loud, and get our guys one game closer to bowling!

Go Hoos!