Another week down, another week that left Virginia fans smiling.
Number fourteen ranked Virginia women's tennis defeated number seven Texas A&M and number twleve ranked Alabama in the consolation bracket of the ITA National Indoor Team Championships.
Wahoo wrestling rattled off yet another win, this time over NC State on the road in ACC action. The Virginia wrestling squad, ranked twelfth in the country, took seven of ten weight classes in the match, improving to a 17-3 overall record (5-1 in the ACC).
The big events of the week, however, included two men's lacrosse games and two big men's basketball games.
Wednesday, Virginia hosted Boston College in their first test after breaking into the rankings for the first time since the week of the VCU game. Well, the Wahoos performed admirably against the visiting Eagles, imposing their will for the majority of the game before it got a little...close....down the stretch.
Malcolm "Hollywood" Brogdon was three assists shy of a triple double, and Justin Anderson was doing Justin Anderson things.
#MustSeeACC: Justin Anderson double-pumps for a sweet dunk during @UVAMensHoops' 77-67 win. http://t.co/6MBN5CvOqq— ACC Men's Basketball (@accmbb) February 6, 2014
Phony Bennett had a suggestion as to what could be helping JA...
I think Justin's new haircut makes him faster.— Phony Bennett (@IfTonyTweeted) February 6, 2014
Thursday night, the Virginia men's lacrosse team set off on their 2014 "Forget About 2013" season tour, opening at home against a tough Loyola squad. The Hoos dominated through three quarters, but ended up needing overtime to put away the Greyhounds in what some have declared a top-game candidate already.
After the game, hero James Pannell talked about what it was like waiting for the referees to make a decision on whether Ryan Tucker's game-tying-as-time-expired-oh-my-gosh-could-it-be-any-closer goal would count, and it perfectly summed up what was probably going on in the heads of most Virginia fans:
"We were just trying to get in that ref's ear and be like, 'don't end this game this way', you know?" Panell said with a smile after the game. "That ref would not have had a lot of friends in the parking lot, you know?"
The game was not on television, but ESPN commentator Quint Kessenich would later call the match, "the most watched lacrosse game on Twitter." Several former Wahoos obviously followed along with the action, showing their support following the win.
Congrats @UVAMensLacrosse! Best lacrosse game ever played on Twitter #innovation— Adam Ghitelman (@AGhitelman8) February 7, 2014
"@KClausen27: WAHOOWA BABAYYYY!!!! Way to go fellas!!! @UVAMensLacrosse #Congrats on the big W. Sweet game, starting the season right!— Chris Bocklet (@CRockN10) February 7, 2014
The highlights for the game received a ton of hits, setting a new record for Virginia Sports TV.
I believe the @UVAMensLacrosse highlights from last nite have set a new views record on @VaSportsTV for one event with over 24,000! #Wahoowa— Todd Goodale (@GoodaleHoos) February 8, 2014
Final score, Virginia 13, Richmond 12. Great opening game for the Spiders. Good things to come from this program.— Richmond Lacrosse (@RichmondMLax) February 8, 2014
Big Congrats to @UVAMensLacrosse head coach Dom Starsia for earning his 350th career win yesterday! http://t.co/1XsU3jGuvY— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAA_Lax) February 9, 2014
#UVA just moved up to #6 on KenPom. SIX!!! Projected final ACC finish is now 16-2, and Hoos are projected as 2-point favorites vs. Cuse.— Brian Schwartz (@BSchwartzUVA) February 8, 2014
Whoa, since that last tweet, #UVA moved from 6th in KenPom to 5th. We'll be #1 by the end of the day.— Brian Schwartz (@BSchwartzUVA) February 8, 2014
The best thing about all this... People are becoming believers! They aren't scared to say they are UVA fans anymore!!!— Justin Anderson (@JusAnderson1) February 9, 2014