It should not come as much of a surprise that Virginia picked up a pair of ACC Championships this weekend in Rowing and Men’s Tennis. What was shocking was the rest of the performances over the weekend. Let’s take a closer look.
Rowing; Finish: CHAMPIONS
While it wasn’t a complete victory, the Hoos did just enough to stave off Clemson for the title. The Cavs on the I & II Varsity 8s and the Novice 8, but came in 3rd in the 4s, a fraction of a second behind Duke. The Tigers on the other hand won the 4s (which they did against Virginia earlier this year) and runner up in all other events. But in the end the 1st Varsity 8 absolutely destroyed Clemson in the last race of the day to win 56, 4 more points than the Tigers. It is the 12th title for Virginia and 3rd straight.
Men’s Tennis; Finish: CHAMPIONS
Was there ever a doubt? Yeah, yeah, I know I had my doubts, but Virginia took care of business, and in convincing fashion. The Hoos beat #59 Maryland 4-0, #32 FSU 4-0, and #8 Duke 4-1. It is the 6th straight title for the Hoos and should solidify their #2 ranking going into the NCAA tourney, which will be in Athens, GA this year.
Men’s Lacrosse; Finish: Lost in Semis
When you are a team that relies on their offense to win games, and you can’t score, you get worked over. This is what has happened to the Hoos of late. What should have been a warmup game for a matchup with Duke in the finals, saw the Hoos having to play catchup pretty much all night and ending up losing 11-9 to UNC. Now Virginia will have one more game (Penn in Denver) to get there stuff together before the NCAAs, but they were in this position last year before they went on their NC run.
Men’s Golf; Finish: 2nd
In one of the more interesting stories of the weekend, the Hoos finished 7 strokes behind Georgia Tech for the ACC titles. But it was Ben Rusch who used a 69 on the last day to win the individual ACC title, the first for a Wahoo since 1955. The favorite from Virginia to lead the way, Ben Kohles, finished T12, 7 shots behind Rusch, and 3rd best on the team. Hoos are a lock for the NCAAs and should get a pretty good bracket close to home.
Women’s Lacrosse; Finish: Lost in Semis
This one played out about how we expected, with Virginia winning 13-8 over #17 Boston College, but losing to #3 UNC 14-6 in the semis. The Cavs actually went into halftime tied 3-3 with the Tar Heels, but really came out flat in the 2nd half. Hoos will face #2 Northwestern next weekend before the NCAAs in May. If Virginia can upset NU in Evanston, they should be a lock to make the tourney. If not, it could be a nail biter.
Women’s Tennis; Finish: Lost in Semis
In another shocking outcome, the Women’s Tennis team beat last seeded Wake Forest 4-0, #4/#22 Clemson 4-1, but lost in the semis to #1/#2 Duke 4-0. Virginia should garner one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA field, which should have them on a course for a repeat appearance in the Round of 16 in Athens.
Men’s & Women’s Track & Field; Finish: W-2nd, M-3rd
I was very surprised to see that the Hoos did so well at the ACCs this weekend. The Women finished in 2nd place behind buzzsaw champions Clemson, and the Men finished 3rd behind VT and FSU, which came down the the last 2 events to separate them. 1st year Nick Vena won both the discus and shot put championship events, cementing him as the ACC Men’s Outdoor Most Valuable Field Performer. 4th year Marcus Robinson won the triple jump, and fellow senior Lance Roller won the 800 meters. On the women’s side, Erin Wykoff won the discuss and Catherine White won the 10,000 meters. Overall the Hoos won 7 events, adding the 4x400 relay to the tally.