After a two week hiatus, not only is Monday Motivation back...but so is the winning! It's been an unusually rough spring in terms of baseball and lacrosse, but tennis is cleaning up and golf has made some noise. Let's check out this awesome week, shall we?
-Football played in the Spring Game, and Virginia won!
-Softball won two games in a double header over Longwood, 7-6 and 6-4. Both wins came in a dramatic walk-off fashion, the first coming via a throwing error by the Lancers and the second behind some heavy hitting. In the first game Megan Harris, one of two Cavalier fourth years, scored the winning run. Heidi Velk, the other fourth year, hit two homeruns in the night cap, including the game winning three run shot. The two long balls were her first two homeruns of the season for Velk.
-The No.5 ranked Women's Lacrosse scored a big victory over rivals Virginia Tech in a 17-10 shooting clinic. Fourth year Casey Bocklet (and reigning ACC player of the week) put on a show for senior night with a career high six goals and added an assist, with two of her goals scored behind the back. No joke. Two of her six.
Fellow fourth year Courtney Swan added two goals, four assists, and eight draw controls. The win gave Virginia a point in the Commonwealth Clash, which increased the lead for the good guys (more on that later).
Check out the highlights below. Bocklet's behind the back goals are at the :30 and :56 marks.
Next up the Hoos host the ACC tournament as the four seed. They will play No.5 seeded Notre Dame at 1pm Thursday at Klöckner.
-No.12 Women's Tennis also finished the regular season with a 5-2 victory over the Hokies and a 7-0 drubbing of NC State. The wins improved Virginia's record to 18-5 (11-3 ACC), and sends them into the ACC tournament on a high note as they try to defend their first ever ACC title that they earned last season. The ACC tournament starts Friday .
The win over Virginia Tech gave the Hoos an 11-7 lead in the Commonwealth clash (told you it'd come back).
-No.5 Men's Tennis went down to Florida on a destruction tour, notching a 6-1 win over Florida State and a 5-2 victory over Miami. The Hoos finished the regular season 20-3 (12-0 ACC), their 13th straight season with at least 20 wins. With the win over the Hurricanes, Virginia won their 136th consecutive ACC match. One. Hundred. Thirty. Six. This season was the 9th straight ACC undefeated season. Absurd.
Next up, the top seeded Hoos will play the winner of Florida State vs. NC State Friday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.
-No.23 Men's Golf finished third at Yale, playing well in the absence of Denny McCarthy who was out with an illness. Next up, the guys set their sights on the ACC tournament.
-No.4 Women's Rowing cleaned up this weekend at the Clemson Invitational. The Hoos won 14 of 15 events of the weekend, including wins over No. 10 Washington State, No. 15 Harvard-Radcliffe, No. 18 Oregon State and No. 20 Minnesota, No. 12 Indiana, No. 14 Texas, Oklahoma, Penn, Dartmouth and Duke.
Next up, the Varsity Eight travel to take on No.5 Washington in Seattle on May 2.
-Baseball picked up a midweek win over William and Mary, the stole the series from Miami with a 5-4 Friday victory and 5-2 Saturday win. Connor Jones was phenomenal on Saturday in the series clinching win, pitching 7 2/3 innings and striking out a career high 11. While the Hoos are still unranked, there is still a solid chance they will make the postseason, especially picking up these wins over a hot Miami team. Most likely they'd be a three or four seed (though a two is a remote chance), and would have to travel, but...postseason!
Check out the highlights from game 2:
-Mike Scott continues to show Atlanta fans what Virginia fans already know: that he's really, really good at basketball. This time, he made a nifty move to the basket and finished at the rim for the and-one attempt.
-No.11 ranked Women's Golf won the ACC Championships this weekend, the first in program history and the first ACC title to go to a team located outside the state of North Carolina. I'm sorry. Saying they 'won' the ACC tournament doesn't really do it justice. They DOMINATED the competition, beating their closest opponent (Duke) by 26 strokes. Virginia's 27-under par 837 for the two day, 54 hole tournament set a record for the lowest score ever shot in the 27 years the ACC tournament has been played.
Senior Briana Mao led the way with a 10-under 206, a personal best over 54 holes in her time at Virginia. Her last 18 hole score of 67 (5-under) was the best of the tournament and tied her career best. Virginia had players place 2nd, two in 4th, 7th, and 17th.
-Virginia Track and Field hosted over 35 schools in the Virginia Challenge this weekend, and cleaned up. Filip Mihaljevic and Jordan Young each set school records in the meet. Mihaljevic broke the 20 meter mark (20.16m) in the shot put, the first Cavalier to ever reach that distance, setting not only a personal and school record, but also set the new mark for Lannigan Field. Young broke Mihaljevic's previous school record with a personal best 19.80m throw. Young also won first place in the hammer throw with a school record 228-1, breaking his own record that he set earlier this month. On the women's side, Christine Bohan threw for 16.31 for a new school record.
Several other Virginia athletes turned out performances that moved them into the top five all-time rankings for their respective events, including (but not limited to): 1500m, 10000m, 4x400 relay, 200m, and javelin.
-No.9 Men's Lacrosse kept their NCAA hosting dreams alive with a 12-9 win over No.13 Georgetown behind four goals and three assists from second year Ryan Lukacovic. Tyler German scored three goals of his own, Zed Williams had two, and goalie Matt Barrett finished with 11 saves.
BUT THE TRICK PLAY!
Down 5-4 with about 3:30, Zed Williams picked up the ball to restart play from the endline. That's when roommate Joe French moved in front of him, pretending to scoop the ball and moved towards the cage. The Georgetown defenders, Virginia players, the fans, and the media all bit, following French and leaving Williams free to shoot on the unassuming Georgetown keeper. The goal lit a fire under the Hoos and they jumped out to a 10-5 lead before the Hoyas found the back of the net again.
Check out this footage of the fake, and full highlights.
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This will be the season's last Monday Motivation as the spring sports wind down for the postseason. Keep checking Streaking The Lawn for recaps of postseason action, and I'll see you guys in the fall!