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Monday Motivation: Virginia wins the Commonwealth Clash...again

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Football showed some skills, lacrosse picked up a couple wins, and the Commonwealth Clash goes to the Hoos once again.

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Somehow, it's almost May. As the spring seasons wind down the regular season, the Hoos have done some good work.

Rapid Fire

-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.

-Former Virginia rower Meghan O'Leary qualified for the Rio Olympics! Congrats, Meghan! Bring home the gold.

-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.

-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.

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.

-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.

Coach Mendenhall remained on the field after, signing autographs for fans.

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!

And don't forget the men!

-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.

HOO-mongous Wins

-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.

GO HOOS!