THREEEEE AND ONNNNNNE. It’s one month into the football season, and I still want to talk about football! This is fun! Let’s get to it.
-The #4 Field Hockey team improved to 8-1 (2-0 ACC) with a 3-0 win over Boston College. First year Pien Dicke had a hand in all three goals with two scores and an assist, and now has 12 goals on the season. Tara Vittese and Dicke are 1-2 in the ACC in goals and points so far this season.
At the time of publish, Virginia was leading Pacific 3-0 partway through the first half. Friday, the Hoos will head to Wake Forest.
-Both the #15 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams picked up first place victories at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational this past weekend. On the men’s side, all five of Virginia’s top runners finished in the top-20, with Brent Demerest taking 5th to lead the Hoos. For the women, Aussie Frances Schmiede and Brit Beth Hawling finished second and third, respectively.
Next up, the Hoos will head to the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational on October 13.
-Akil Mitchell became the sixth former Wahoo to make a current NBA roster this past week when he was picked up by the Brooklyn Nets.
Akil will once again be playing along side Joe Harris (#SWOON), which makes me very happy.
-In this week’s edition of “Sean Doolittle is the Dang Best”, Sean Doolittle is the dang best because he’s all in on the Nationals’ Game of Thrones-themed road trip:
(Man, I hope he’s supposed to be Tormund...)
-The #11 women’s soccer team picked up a 1-0 win over Miami on Thursday thanks to a goal by first year Taryn Torres. Virginia outshot the Hurricanes 23-2 in the match, and Torres’ goal was her third of the season.
The Hoos dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to #8 UNC yesterday, bringing their record to 6-3-2 (1-1-1 ACC). Next up, Virginia travels to Pitt on Sunday.
-Micah Kiser earned ACC Linebacker of the Week for his 15 tackle, two sack, and one fumble recovered performance against UConn last week.
He also was noticed by Gameday host Kirk Herbstreit for his performance against UConn:
My performances of WK 3— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 18, 2017
Team of the Week
When you go on the road to a place where the home team has only lost seven times since the Y2K scare and drop 42 on them in a huge win, you’re gonna be Team of the Week. Who knew this was the key all along?
The ruling is if you get one tatted up QB from ECU and a grim Mormon coach and inject them into UVA they get crazily swaggy all of a sudden— BUM CHILLIPS (@edsbs) September 23, 2017
Bronco Mendenhall and Co. traveled west of the Mississippi for just the 20th time in school history (previously 4-19 west of the Mississippi - yikes) and laid a 42-23 smackdown on the other Broncos in a devastating fashion. The Hoos were clicking on both offense and defense, and it was a thing of beauty. Quin Blanding led the defense with 10 tackles and Brenton Nelson got his second interception of his career one week after his first.
Their performance offensively rated them one of the top four in week four in college football:
Virginia and Alabama. Offensive juggernauts.
I might be exaggerating a little but I'm pretty sure Kurt Benkert is the best QB of all time— BUM CHILLIPS (@edsbs) September 23, 2017
No argument here.
Benkert was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week and the Athlon ACC Player of the Week for his three touchdown, 273 yard, 19-for-29 day.
Wahoo of the Week
Take a bow, Andre Levrone...YOU are this week’s Streaking the Lawn Monday Motivation Wahoo of the Week! Levrone was a huge piece to the Hoos upset bid on the road at Boise as the big receiver pulled in five catches for 141 yards (his second straight week with 100+ yards receiving) and two touchdowns. While both touchdown receptions were beautiful, the best play of the season came on a perfectly thrown and caught 64-yard touchdown play.
Me, watching that:
For his efforts, Levrone was named the ACC Receiver of the Week.
On the season, Levrone has 13 receptions for 348 yards (4th in the ACC) and four touchdowns (tied for 2nd in the ACC), and is averaging 26.8 yards per catch (1st in the ACC).
Next up, the Hoos will host Duke on October 7 at 12:20pm. The game will be broadcast by the ACC Network.