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Monday Motivation: April 21

Winning all of the things.


Another week has come and gone, and another week has passed full of Virginia victories. Ladies first:

In ACC Championship play, the No.23 ranked women's golf team played their way to a second place finish. Both Briana Mao and Lauren Coughlin finished in the top five, while three other golfers tied for 25th.

Women's lacrosse, currently ranked No.15, handled Virginia Tech this week in their regular-season finale. Third year Courtney Swan had five goals and three assists en route to a 17-12 victory, while Kelly Boyd and Liza Blue each contributed three goals to the cause. The Cavaliers (9-7, 3-4 ACC) start play in the ACC tournament this Thursday at 1pm against Duke. After the win, the squad partook in some team bonding at the Dogwood Festival.

The No.9 women's tennis team blanked Florida State 4-0 on Friday and clinched a share of the regular season ACC title in Sunday's loss to No.15 Miami. The Hoos will be the three seed in the tournament, opening play Friday in the quarterfinals. Virginia shares the regular season crown with No.7 North Carolina, No.17 Clemson, and Miami.

On the men's side of the house, the No.1 ranked baseball team demolished William and Mary 11-2 midweek, and then took two of three against visiting North Carolina. Friday's 3-2 victory saw Nathan Kirby fan 12 over 7 2/3 innings, and junior Brandon Downes knocked in all three runs (including a homerun).

Saturday, Virginia clinched their tenth straight weekend home series of the season by winning 3-1 behind a two run shot from Kenny Towns. Carolina managed just one run on 10 hits, while the Hoos did their damage on just three knocks. 14,282 fans came through the gates at Davenport, breaking the weekend series numbers set just a week prior against Clemson.

No.4 ranked men's tennis cruised to their 118th straight ACC victory with a 7-0 drubbing of the Hokies, clinching the top seed in the ACC tournament. Friday, the Hoos will play their first match in the quarterfinals after securing a first round bye. The win brought their regular season record to 20-2 (11-0 ACC).

Saturday marked the last regular season game for the men's lacrosse team as well, and the Hoos recognized thirteen fourth and fifth years prior to the start of the game. Charles Bilello (team manager), Mark Cockerton, Rob Emery, Owen Van Arsdale, Scott McWilliams, Bobby Hill, Chris LaPierre (5th year), Blake Riley, Pat Harbeson, Joe Lisicky (5th year transfer), Frank Price, Pat Glading, and Matt Robertson all took the field with their families and received a loud round of applause from the crowd at Klöckner.

For one player, his graduation means the end of a 12 year era. With Pat Glading departing the program in May, next season will mark the first one since 2002 without a Glading on the roster. Both Billy and Danny Glading also played for Coach Dom Starsia, and all three Gladings left Virginia with a NCAA National Championship. Billy helped the Hoos to the crown in 2003, Danny in 2006, and Pat as a first year on the plucky 2011 team.

On the field, Virginia played a close game for the first half with the visiting Knights from Bellarmine, but broke the game open in the third quarter. Fourth year Mark Cockerton finished with four goals, and first year Matt Barrett rebounded well from a tough day against Duke with 13 saves. The 12-8 victory gave Virginia a regular season record of 9-5 (1-4 ACC). Seniors accounted for 17 of Virginia's 35 ground balls, and 8 of 9 caused turnovers.

This week, a lot of ACC tournament action (tennis, lacrosse), and the baseball team travels to Florida State for a pivotal road series.

As always, GO HOOS!