Somehow, it's almost May. As the spring seasons wind down the regular season, the Hoos have done some good work.
-Charlottesville native and former Virginia Football star (and current New England Patriot) Chris Long held a fundraiser over the weekend for his charity Waterboys. The after-hours event at Commonwealth Skybar went for $40 a ticket, with all proceeds going to Long's clean water initiative. Long's former Rams teammates Sam Bradford and James Laurinaitas were also in attendance.
Thanks to @CWSkybar for sponsoring & hosting Waterboys party tmrw! If you haven't been there, check them out! https://t.co/9Gn6XivbJm— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) April 23, 2016
Much money was raised for @WaterboysORG tonight— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) April 24, 2016
Many thanks to Charlottesville
Way to step up
-Former Virginia rower Meghan O'Leary qualified for the Rio Olympics! Congrats, Meghan! Bring home the gold.
Looks like @usrowing's @MeghanOLeary1 and @ellentomek are going to #Rio2016! https://t.co/sB8ddB3iEC pic.twitter.com/wTaQP9lvX0— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) April 24, 2016
.@MeghanOLeary1 and @ellentomek embrace after punching their ticket to Rio in women's double sculls. #RioTrials2016. pic.twitter.com/gNchqHWAuD— Katy Bergen (@KatyBergen) April 24, 2016
-Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant may have been ejected for a flagrant two after smacking Justin Anderson in the face, but they're cool now.
Kevin Durant apologized to the Mavericks’ Justin Anderson for his flagrant foul in Game 4 https://t.co/rXiUNhAKs3 pic.twitter.com/umR9qXeMcw— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 24, 2016
-Virginia Softball took the weekend series against Georgia Tech with 6-0 and 13-1 wins in back to back games, but the real highlight of the week came from one of their games against Liberty when Iyana Hughes made a SC Top 10 grab.
F9‼️: Iyana Hughes flashes the leather for @UVASOFTBALL against Liberty #whatacatch #wahoowa https://t.co/Rmb2BePYC1— VirginiaSportsTV (@VaSportsTV) April 21, 2016
The Hoos finish out their regular season this week with two games against George Mason and a road trip to face the Hokies.
-STL's very own Matt Trogdon ran into a familiar face in DC this weekend:
-Speaking of basketball, incoming first years DeAndre Hunter and Kyle Guy are already developing their chemistry...and their vocabulary.
You better back up what you say brotha @Dr_Dre14 @TyJerome_ pic.twitter.com/etMCFCtM8c— King Wavy (@Kyle_Guy24) April 25, 2016
-Virginia Football held their Spring Festival this weekend, giving fans their first glimpse of the Bronco Mendenhall era. While there was no real "scrimmage", the Hoos practiced for the fans, held a fan fest on field, and met with the media.
New press member @ItsTheJuicee asks the hard-hitting questions to his teammates during media session. pic.twitter.com/xw3ZHVp25Q— Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) April 23, 2016
One of the more unorthodox coaching methods used by the new #UVA staff - a bounce'n'play in the end zone pic.twitter.com/bwJNVwlq4Z— Damon Dillman (@DamonDillman) April 23, 2016
Coach Mendenhall remained on the field after, signing autographs for fans.
Thanks to the fans who came out today and those I met after practice. I appreciate your enthusiasm for #HoosRising. pic.twitter.com/hSjmEjl7Gi— Bronco Mendenhall (@UVACoachBronco) April 24, 2016
Check out these highlights from the day from VirginiaSportsTV:
-Congrats to the nine women from the Swimming and Diving team that made the All-ACC Academic team!
Congrats to our nine #UVASD women named to the All-ACC Academic Team! https://t.co/SQTSphGJdr— Virginia Swim & Dive (@uvaswimdive) April 25, 2016
And don't forget the men!
Congrats to our 4 #UVASD men named! https://t.co/Ts7qoEig4y— Virginia Swim & Dive (@uvaswimdive) April 25, 2016
-Men's Lacrosse kept their slim post-season hopes alive with an 8-7 victory over Georgetown in DC on Saturday night in front of a great crowd at Cooper Field. The Cavaliers got three goals each from fourth year attackman James Pannell and third year midfielder Zed Williams. Midfielder Matt Emery tallied a score, and long stick midfielder Michael Howard notched his first career collegiate goal as time expired in the first quarter.
The Hoos had a solid defensive performance with six caused turnovers by six different players, and goalie Matt Barrett had 12 saves in the matchup.
Check out Zed Williams' third goal at the 2:29 mark. Pretty sweet.
Next up, the Hoos have a must-win game against Brown in the ACC-Brown Showcase game in Kennesaw, Georgia. Faceoff is at 7pm on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
-The Virginia Baseball team had a truly emotional weekend down in Miami. Before any baseball could be played, the team's bus driver, Bernard Martin from Roanoke, passed out at the wheel and later passed away at the hospital. The loss of Mr. Martin hit the Virginia community hard as he drove not only baseball, but a handful of other teams as well.
We here at Streaking the Lawn extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Martin's family, along with all of the people who cared so deeply for him.
Against top-ranked Miami, Virginia nabbed a much needed series win with a 6-5 win on Friday and a 7-3 victory Sunday.
The Hoos are now 26-17 (11-10 ACC) and head to Pitt for a weekend series after playing Old Dominion on Tuesday.
-With a decisive 14-7 victory over Virginia Tech, the Women's Lacrosse team clinched the Commonwealth Clash for the good guys for the second straight year.
Kelly Boyd and Kelly Reese each had four goals in the win.
Next up, the Hoos have a chance to exact revenge on Duke for a loss earlier in the season as they square off in the ACC tournament on Thursday in Blacksburg.
Virginia is now 4-0 in the Commonwealth Challenge/Clash. Virginia is ahead 12-5 (11 needed to win) after Men's Golf finished ahead of the Hokies in the ACC tournament. Softball, baseball, and track and field still remain.