Spring sports are in full gear, and this week was a good one. Check this out.
-No.2 Women's Rowing participated in the Pac 12 Challenge this week, taking 10 of 12 races and beating No.4 Cal three times at the Stanford hosted event.
-No.5 Women's Lacrosse picked up two wins on the road this week. First up, the Hoos dispatched William and Mary to the tune of 16-6 behind five goals and three assists from Casey Bocklet. Her performance (which also included two caused turnovers and two ground balls) earned her ACC Player of the Week honors. Virginia also got three goals each from Liza Blue and Mary Alati.
For their second game of the week, Bocklet and Co. knocked off No.2 Boston College, who were previously undefeated. This marks the second time in just over a week that the Hoos handed an ACC foe their first loss of the season, the other being Duke. Bocklet shone again with three goals and two assists, and Liza Blue notched another hat trick. Kelly Reese also added three goals, and first year goalie Rachel Vander Kolk picked up 18 saves (whoa.) in net as the Eagles peppered her with 41 shots.
Next up, Virginia hosts Navy on Wednesday at 6pm.
-No.8 Women's Tennis rebounded from a couple losses to demolish Wake Forest 7-0. On top of the doubles point, Virginia won singles matches from Stephanie Nauta, Skylar Morton, Danielle Collins, Julia Elbaba, Maci Epstein, and Marie Faure. The Hoos host Boston College Wednesday at 4pm.
-Baseball, currently ranked No.14, got back on track after a rough week with three wins. First, the Hoos played a feisty Liberty squad, coming out ahead 10-7. Next, Virginia hit the road for a slushy three game series in South Bend against Notre Dame.
In the first game of a double header, Virginia's bats came to life for a 9-1 victory. The Hoos amassed 13 hits in the first game, with Daniel Pinero going 3-3 from the plate. Nathan Kirby pitched six shut-out innings. The second game was a little tighter as the game was tied 2-2 going into the 9th inning. First year Christian Lowry came through in the clutch with the two run hit to give Virginia the win and clinch the series.
The third game was also close, but the Hoos escaped with a 5-4 win and their first ACC road series sweep since April of 2013. First year Adam Haseley had three hits in the final game and knocked seven hits over the three game series.
Virginia heads to VCU, hosts VMI, then welcomes Louisville Saturday for a three game series.
-Congrats to former UVA soccer player Jordan Allen on his first MLS goal!
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to former <a href="https://twitter.com/UVAMenSoccer">@UVAMenSoccer</a> product <a href="https://twitter.com/jayalllen">@jayalllen</a> on his first career <a href="https://twitter.com/MLS">@MLS</a> goal tonight. WATCH: <a href="https://t.co/Dex8aEB4EL">https://t.co/Dex8aEB4EL</a></p>— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/VirginiaSports/status/582369162833616896">March 30, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Men's Lacrosse picked up their seventh and eighth wins of the season this week over a pair of in-commonwealth foes. A midweek trip to Lexington ended in a 17-3 victory for the Hoos. Owen Van Arsdale, Greg Coholan, Joe French, and first year Mike D'Amario all recorded hat tricks against the Keydets. Ryan Tucker, Tyler German, AJ Fish, Zach Wood, and Jacob Dean all added one goal as well.
Defensively, first year Scott Hooper forced three turnovers, and senior captain Davi Sacco caused two of his own. The Hoos led 15-0 going into the fourth quarter, and won the groundball battle 40-28. Virginia scored their 17 goals on just 38 shots (45%).
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For their second game of the week, Virginia hosted Richmond. The Spiders are in just their second season as a DI team, but have far exceeded expectations. Last season, the Hoos squeaked out of Richmond with a 13-12 victory. This year, it went a lot easier for Virginia thanks to big performances from the seniors.
Ryan Tucker scored the first three goals of the game, and finished with four goals on five shots. Van Arsdale tied a career high with five goals scored, including one snazzy behind-the-back goal. Greg Coholan added yet another hat trick as his blazing season continued. Similar to the VMI game, the Hoos shot 41%, scoring 14 goals on 34 shots.
Second year Matt Barrett had nine saves and just five goals against, and Sacco held Richmond's leading scorer, Mickey Hofmeister, without a point. Michael Howard, a vastly improving second year long stick middie, grabbed four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Face off specialists Jason Murphy and Jeff Kratky combined to go 18 of 24 from the X.
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Next, Virginia hosts No.4 UNC in a Friday night game under the lights at Klöckner.
Finally...holy cow, tennis.
Virginia has been good at tennis for awhile now, but this is getting ridiculous. Currently ranked No.8, the Hoos took down No.14 UNC and No.4 Duke this week for their 130th and 131st STRAIGHT ACC win. That record is the longest in the ACC for consecutive wins in any sport.
The Hoos won the doubles point in both matches. Against UNC, Virginia got wins from Mitchell Frank (6-0, 6-1) and Ryan Shane (7-5, 6-3) before Colin Altamirano clinched the victory (6-3, 4-6, 6-2). In the Duke match, Altamirano won the first singles point (6-1, 6-4) to remain undefeated on the season. JC Aragone rallied to win (4-6, 6-1, 6-2) and Ryan Shane won the decisive point (7-6(3), 7-5). The win against Duke was their highest ranked win of the season.
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Virginia hosts William and Mary on Saturday at 2pm.