Another week, another collection of wins for the Hoos. Let's get to it.
-Country superstar Luke Bryan had a concert at John Paul Jones Arena this past weekend, and opened up the show like a baller...with a shoutout to the Cavaliers.
-Matt Johns, quarterback for the Virginia Football team, spent time with kids this past week, even letting adorable Caleb change his "bandages". Johns was a good sport, and it's great to see the team getting out there in the community.
-Speaking of Virginia Football, two great articles popped this week on Assistant Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and the change of culture at UVA following the coaching staff overhaul. Both are worth a read.
-In MORE football news, Virginia got a commitment from Woodberry Forest QB Lindell Stone.
The coaching staff is clearly excited.
-No.21 Men's Golf closed out their season with a third place finish at the Wolfpack Spring Intercollegiate. Derek Bard, fresh off his trip to the Masters, and Jimmy Stanger finished tied for eighth to lead the Wahoos. Next up, the Hoos head to the ACC Tournament April 22-24, where Virginia will look to build on their solid regular season performance.
The Cavaliers end the regular season with a record of 116-28-1, that's a 80% win record on the year. #HoosGolf— Virginia Golf (@UVAMensGolf) April 18, 2016
-No.13 Women's Tennis closed the regular season on a high note with a 6-1 win over Pittsburgh and a 5-2 victory over Notre Dame. The ladies are now 14-9 (9-5 ACC) on the season and will head to Cary, NC for the ACC tournament April 20-24 where they will try to go for their third straight ACC title. Good luck!
-On the men's side, No.1 Virginia earned the top seed in the ACC tournament after defeating No.7 Wake Forest 5-2 and blanking Miami 7-0. The Hoos finished the regular season with a record of 22-3 (11-1 ACC) and will play for their TENTH straight ACC tournament title starting April 22. Get it done, guys.
-Softball picked up their second ACC series win for the season with a big Sunday win over UNC, 3-2. Virginia won the opening game of the series on Saturday, 7-1. Fourth year Aimee Chapdelaine came through on Senior Day in the deciding third game of the series with a two-run homerun. Next up, the Hoos host Liberty Wednesday in a double-header.
-Now No.13 Women's Lacrosse got a huge road win over No.5 Louisville, 10-9. The Hoos jumped out to a 6-3 halftime lead and held off the pesky Cardinals down the stretch with goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk recording her 10th and final save of the day to preserve the win. Kasey Behr, Maggie Jackson, Kelly Boyd, and Kelly Reese all had two goals apiece, with Boyd and Reese also adding two assists each as well. Kaitlin Luzik had a team leading four draw controls and three caused turnovers in the game.
Next up, Virginia heads to top-ranked and undefeated (and back-to-back national champion) Maryland on Wednesday, then closes out the regular season at Virginia Tech Friday.
-Virginia Baseball got a huge weekend series victory over No.13 North Carolina with Friday and Sunday wins of 7-4 and 14-9, respectively. Matt Thaiss was huge in the clinching win, going 2-for-3 from the plate with a home run and reaching base five of his six appearances to the plate. Daniel Pinero and Ernie Clement each had three hits, and reliever Kevin Doherty was credited with the win in an inning and a half of work.
For his efforts, Thaiss got some recognition from the conference:
Check out the game highlights (complete with the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents) here:
Next up, Virginia hosts Radford and VCU before heading to No.1 Miami for a huge contest.
No.18 Virginia Women's Golf repeated as ACC champions this weekend with an 11-stroke win over Wake Forest. The Hoos were led by Lauren Coughlin who finished in first place and took home the ACC individual title, along with some other hardware as longtime boyfriend - and former Virginia football player - John Pond proposed.
Virginia's Lauren Diaz-Yi came in third in the tournament, Anna Redding in fifth, and Elizabeth Szokol and Morgan Gonzales tied for 14th.
Women's Golf joins Women's Cross Country and Women's Swimming and Diving as Virginia squads to earn an ACC title this season (step it up, guys).
Along with the ACC trophies, Virginia picked up a point in the Commonwealth Clash over Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers now lead 10-5, needing just one point to win the Clash for the second year in a row (and the second year in its existence). Men's Golf and Women's Lacrosse are the next two chances up for the Wahoos.