Yeah, that was rough. I can still feel the lingering sense of optimism, but wholly sympathize with Sad UVA Fan. Let's take a look how Virginia did this week.
-The No.6 women's field hockey team kept cruising this week, racking up wins over ACC foe Louisville (4-3) and Miami of Ohio (1-0) to push their record to 6-0. Three of Virginia's six wins have come over ranked opponents this season. Against No.11 Louisville, Virginia was led by second year superstar Tara Vittese with two goals, and Lucy Hyams and Bailey Fanikos provided the other two scores for the Hoos. The loss was the first of the season for Louisville as the Cavaliers outshot the Cardinals 21-11. Against Miami, Riley Tata converted a Greta Ell pass for the lone score of the game. Next up, Virginia hosts No.4 Duke on the Turf Field at 6pm.
-You have to be proud of the football team this week. Yes, I know... there are no moral victories, but the offense looked beyond capable for most of the game, which was a delight. Matt Johns was great, completing 26-38 passes for 289 yards, two passing TDs (that flee-flicker!!), and a rushing TD. Canaan Severin proved the roommate connection between him and #JohnsyFootball is real, hauling in 11 receptions for 153 yards. Punter Nicholas Conte kept kicking boomers, averaging 47.2 yards per punt and knocked one for 59 yards. Hoos have a chance to rebound and get their first win against William and Mary on Saturday at Scott Stadium.
-Tony Bennett's squad for 2016 keeps getting deeper, this time adding small forward DeAndre Hunter, who committed during his official visit on Saturday. Hunter, No.79 on ESPN's 100, is another strong piece to join Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, and Jay Huff.
-No.1 women's soccer remained undefeated this week as they took down Harvard (3-0) and Old Dominion (3-0). Against Harvard, Virginia got a goal from Makenzy Doniak and two from Morgan Reuter to put away the Crimson for their fifth win of the season. Alexis Shaffer, Kristen McNabb, and Emily Sonnet scored for the Hoos in the shutout against ODU to improve their record to 6-0-1. Virginia is averaging close to four goals a game, and have outscored their opponents 26-4. I'm no expert, but I think that's pretty good.
-On the men's side, No.5 Virginia defeated George Mason 2-1 before going on the road and tying Duke 2-2 to open conference play. Against George Mason, the Cavaliers got goals from the still awesomely named Riggs Lennon and Nicko "Can't See You Behind This Big Ass Trophy" Corriveau. Goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell made four saves, one of which was on an early penalty try by the Patriots. Check out the highlights below.
The Hoos made the trek to Durham to take on the Blue Devils in their road and ACC opener. Duke scored first to take a 1-0 lead at halftime, but second half goals from Pablo Aguilar and Jake Rozhansky pushed the Hoos to a 2-2 tie. Next up, Virginia hosts JMU on Tuesday and NC State on Friday.