It was a jam-packed last few days for Virginia Cavaliers athletics. Below are some of the highlights from it all:
- Men’s soccer is headed to the College Cup in Cary, North Carolina, thanks to Friday night’s thrilling 3-2 win over SMU. They’ll face No. 4 Wake Forest at 6:00 PM this Friday for a shot to play in the NCAA title game.
- No. 3 Clemson dominated the Orange Bowl bound Hoos in Saturday’s ACC Championship game, 62-17.
- Fifth-ranked men’s basketball bounced back from last Wednesday’s loss to Purdue, besting No. 7 North Carolina yesterday, 56-47.
In the Atlanta Falcons’ 40-20 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, rookie and former Virginia wideout Olamide Zaccheaus hauled in a 93-yard touchdown - the first catch of his career - during the third quarter. “He’s been working tremendously hard, giving the defense looks at practice,” said All-Pro receiver Julio Jones. “And then having a shot in the game when his number is called to produce, it’s amazing.”
Justin Anderson has had a couple of breakout performances for the Raptors 905 in the team’s last two games. Combined, Anderson, who joined the Toronto Raptors’ G League affiliate in late November, poured in 71 points to go along with 13 rebounds and four assists.
Virginia softball’s new stadium, which should be completed in time for the team’s 2020 season, will be named Palmer Park, UVA athletics announced on Friday. The name honors former Cavaliers star pitcher Lisa Palmer, who earned school records in wins (74), innings pitched (861.2) and starts (112) during the late 1980s, as well as her mother, Frances, who contributed the lead gift for the facility’s construction.