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Monday Motivation: February 23

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There's so much winning, I can't keep up with all of it.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ok, Wahoo fans. Let's cruise through this week's action...and there was a lot.

Rapid Fire

- No.7 Women's Lacrosse earned their first win of the season with a 14-6 victory over Richmond. Liza Blue led the Cavaliers with three goals and two assists. Mary Alati also added three goals of her own and Casey Bocklet had two goals and two assists. The Hoos open their ACC slate tonight against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome.

- No.7 Women's Tennis crushed ACC foe Syracuse 6-1 in their first conference matchup. The Hoos won the doubles point and then proceeded to (wo)manhandle the Orange(wo)men in singles with Marie Faure, Stephanie Nauta, Danielle Collins, Maci Epstein, and Skylar Morton all recording victories. With the win the Hoos improved their record to 7-2 (1-0 ACC). Next up, Virginia travels to Pitt on Friday.

- Congratulations to the Women's Swimming and Diving team for their EIGHTH straight ACC Championship!!! Keep it up ladies...the definition of domination.

- Women's Basketball won their 18th straight against rival Virginia Tech, winning 73-59. Faith Randolph scored 17 for the Hoos who now lead the Commonwealth Clash 7.0-2.5.

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- The UVA Club of DC were out in full force on Friday night at the Verizon Center to root on Joe Harris as the Cavaliers (the Cleveland variety) took on the Washington Wizards. Joey "Hoops" "Buckets" "SWOON" Harris scored five points on 1-2 shooting and grabbed one rebound in six minutes of play. When he hit his first free throw, the cheers were so loud the Cavalier bench gave Harris a hard time asking how many tickets he had to give away to get that response. After the game, Joe was kind enough to do a Q&A with the Virginia fans, as well as take a group photo, sing the Good Ole Song, and complete the circle of swoon.

- No.1 Baseball was extremely busy this week, playing four (well, five in number of innings) games and winning all of them to start the season 7-0. Playing in Charleston, S.C. due to weather issues, Virginia defeated LaSalle 8-3 and Marist three times, 9-1, 7-2, and 5-4. The final game against Marist lasted 18 innings over five hours and eight minutes before first year Christian Lowry hit a walk off single to end the longest game in Virginia program history.

- No.6 Men's Lacrosse jumped to 3-0 on the season with a snowy 14-5 win at Rutgers behind four goals from Zed Williams and 12 saves from Matt Barrett in cage. Faceoff specialist Jason Murphy had a great day from the X, going 8-11 against Rutgers' Joe Nardella who came into the game winning over 60%. Midfielder Greg Coholan notched three goals, while James Pannell and Ryan Lukacovic each added two. The Hoos head to Syracuse on Sunday to open their ACC schedule.

Zeddy is slick.

- Basketball, oh basketball. Ranked second nationally, the Hoos hosted Pitt and Florida State as they continued to adjust to life without Justin Anderson. Oh, and being boring. They spent most of the week being boring and ruining the game of basketball. It was a busy week.

Luckily Justin Anderson is around to keep us all grounded.

First up, the Hoos dispatched Pittsburgh 61-49 behind 18 points from Uncle Malcolm Brogdon. In his highlight reel, Brogdon threw down a one handed jam and a free throw in the second half gave him his 1,000th career point. Anthony Gill added 12 points and London Perrantes had 10 and six assists.

Sunday night, Florida State came to town, and things got crazy. Virginia led 22-21 at the half thanks to a put-back dunk by Darion Atkins, but the second half gave everyone a scare. with about 14 minutes to play, London and Malcolm ran into each other coming off a screen, leaving Perrantes on the floor and Brogdon needing assistance from the FSU trainer. Both left the game bleeding, and both got stitches (Brogdon got three, Perrantes five).

In their absence, Atkins stepped up and made back to back baskets to give Virginia some momentum. Less than two minutes after the collision, Malcolm Brogdon returned to the game to raucous applause. London returned to the bench, but he did not return to the game.

Virginia held Florida State without a field goal for the last 10:32 of the second half and used stifling defense to spur the offense, winning 51-41. Gill led the Hoos with 13 points and nine rebounds, Atkins had 11 points and four steals, and Brogdon finished with 10 points and a knot on his head.

Perrantes was tough...

...and he'll need to stay tough to take the ribbing from his teammates.

I'm going to have to agree.

With the win, Coach Bennett got his 200th victory. Congrats, Coach!!

Next up, the Hoos hit the road for Wake Forest. Game is Wednesday night at 7pm on Regional Sports Network.

Go Hoos!