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UVA Spring Sports Roundup 4/16
Category_Virginia Men's Lacrosse

UVA Spring Sports Roundup 4/16

Intel Report 4/11/24: Visit Primer
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Intel Report 4/11/24: Visit Primer

UVA Spring Sports Roundup 4/09
Category_Virginia Men's Lacrosse

UVA Spring Sports Roundup 4/09

UVA Spring Sports Roundup 4/16 Category_Virginia Men's Lacrosse

UVA Spring Sports Roundup 4/16

By Josh Burton

By Josh Burton


The spring sports season is rapidly approaching its end as the UVA programs are all gearing up for what should be a very exciting postseason across Grounds. Let's take a look at where things currently stand.

Baseball

UVA Baseball picked up yet another 2-1 series win at Louisville over the weekend, and made it back to #10 in the D1 poll in doing so. This weekend featured more of the same for the Hoos, tying a program record 47 runs across a 3-game ACC series, with multiple players having multi-homer games and Ethan Anderson potentially breaking his cold spell by going an incredible 5-5 in the series opener. 

 

 

Unfortunately, the hot hitting wasn’t the only trend to continue. Pitching issues and fielding miscues cost the Cavaliers the sweep with a loss on Saturday. Arms have been a major issue all season, particularly for starting pitching. 

At this point Evan Blanco has cemented himself as the only sure thing starter each weekend, with both other days being wide open. Watch for Owen Coady to potentially claim a spot, as he’s been pretty good for Hoos when he’s pitched so far. Outside of that, it’s a very open race. The final weekend game could become a staff day where they go with matchups and feel. Either way, it’ll be very interesting to see how it plays out and if this historically good hitting squad can mash their way to Omaha. 

The Hoos have a big week with 5 games scheduled. They’ll be at ODU tonight (6 pm) before beginning a 5-game homestand tomorrow against George Mason (4/17, 6 pm). They will then play host to Georgia Tech for a weekend series beginning Friday (4/19, 6 pm).

Softball

UVA Softball saw a mixed week as they went 2-2, picking up a huge 2-1 series win over NC State while also dropping a midweek contest to Liberty. Although they have one more home contest on the schedule, Sunday served as a very memorable Senior Day for the Hoos. Weather conditions around Palmer Park were perfect and the Wahoos picked up a huge walk off victory off a sac fly from Abby Weaver. The victory marked a program record 5th three-game ACC series victory for a team that has postseason aspirations. Once polls are released, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Hoos ranked as they have been playing very well. 

The Hoos will host Virginia Tech tonight (6 pm) before traveling to Duke for a weekend series beginning Friday (4/19, 6 pm).

Men’s Tennis 

#3 Men’s Tennis finished up their regular season with victories at Clemson (4/11) and Georgia Tech (4/13). They’ll now set their sights on the postseason, with the ACC tournament being this weekend. Quarterfinals will begin on Friday (4/19), with the Hoos beginning play at 10 am.

I wanted to do a highlight for Men’s Tennis for a very special accomplishment by the 4th years. With the weekend sweep they finished out an unblemished 48-0 conference record over their 4 seasons as Wahoos, earning a 4th straight regular season title. Hats off to Inaki Montes, Chris Rodesch, Alex Kiefer and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg on the amazing accomplishment. 

 

 

Roundup

#5 Women’s Tennis also finished out their regular season with victories over #19 Miami (4/12) and #23 Florida State (4/14). With the pair of victories, the Hoos picked up a share of the ACC regular-season title for just the second time in program history. They’ll now set their sights on the ACC tournament, with their first contest scheduled for the quarterfinals (4/19, 6 pm). 

#2 Men’s Lacrosse suffered just their second defeat of the season at Duke on Sunday. They’ll next play the penultimate game of the regular season on Saturday at Syracuse (4/20, 2 pm). This one will air nationally on ESPNU. Also of note, USA Lacrosse Magazine published an article on Wahoo star Connor Shellenberger last week, you can check it out here

#6 Women’s Lacrosse picked up a huge OT victory over then #3 Boston College on Senior Day over the weekend. Madison Alaimo scored the winning goal in OT. Their regular season finale will be tomorrow night at Virginia Tech (4/17, 7 pm). This game will air on ACC Network

(Featured Image Credit: Grace Landini/UVA Athletics) 

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Intel Report 4/11/24: Visit Primer

By Kevin Cook

The dead period lifts on Friday.  With that, transfer recruiting goes full throttle.  Virginia is expecting visitors, as is every major program around the country.   The next few weeks are the busiest time of the year for official visits.  

First Up

UVA will have two official visitors this weekend.  Neither were mentioned in Monday’s Intel Report, although they aren’t total surprises.  Both had been connected to UVA before. 

St. Mary’s transfer forward Joshua Jefferson is scheduled to arrive on Friday.  The sophomore had a breakout season as a starter for the West Coast Conference champs.  He averaged 10.2 points and 6.5 rebounds.  His full-season shooting percentages (47% FG, 27% 3FG),aren’t great,  but they are skewed by a rough start to the season.  Once he settled in from December on, he was efficient (52% FG, 38% 3FG).  

Jefferson describes himself as a point forward.  While not a high volume three-point shooter, he is a very skilled playmaker.   Terrific defensively, that’s where he brings the most value. He is coming off a season-ending knee injury in February which required surgery, but he’s expected to be fully recovered soon.  

The UVA staff did give him a look as a high school recruit, so there’s a little bit of a previous relationship.  Jefferson lives in Las Vegas, but he has east coast roots.  His dad is from New York and played college football at Maryland.  

Jefferson has other official visits scheduled to Iowa State (4/19) and VCU (4/26) for the next two weekends.  Both of those head coaches previously recruited him while at other schools.   His hometown school UNLV is involved too.  He’s said he wants to take all three visits and then go from there.  But we’ll see.  It’s always week by week this time of year.  UVA will surely try to get his commitment now if possible.  

Point Guard Target

The other visitor this weekend is Harvard transfer point guard Malik Mack.  The freshman averaged 17.2 points and 4.8 assists on his way to being named Ivy League Rookie Of The Year.   Considered one of the top available transfers, the DC area native was thought to be nearly a sure thing for Georgetown.  But the Hoyas have failed to close the deal so far, and Virginia quietly slid in as a contender.  

Mack will visit Georgetown first on Friday, then arrive at Virginia Saturday evening.  He also has an official visit to Texas scheduled for next weekend.  Those seem to be the last three teams standing.  

Big opportunity for the coaching staff.  And regardless of the result, it’s a great sign going forward.  Mack has lucrative NIL offers on the table. Including from schools that he’s apparently no longer considering.  I don’t think it’s the most important factor for him, but it does matter.  The fact that Virginia is being seriously considered signals a more proactive approach to the NIL topic. They wouldn’t be in the race otherwise.  

I expect this will probably come down to the Hoos and Hoyas.  He’d have a great chance to be the starting point guard on either team.  Virginia has had a high success rate when they host transfers on official visits.  Four out of five have committed over the last two years. 

Looking Ahead

As mentioned before, Northern Illinois transfer forward Xavier Amos is expected for an official visit soon.  I think sometime next week, but haven’t heard the date.  He’ll presumably be taking a visit or two elsewhere before then.  Illinois, Kansas, Xavier, and Texas are the other schools he’s said are involved. 

The sophomore averaged 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds this past season, knocking down 39% from deep.  UVA likes his two-way abilities, a shooter who’s also a capable multi-positional defender.  

UPDATE: Things now look doubtful with Xavier Amos.  I would be surprised if he keeps his visit.  

And from what I’ve heard, Virginia expects to get a visit from 2024 Harvard Westlake (CA) point guard Trent Perry in the near future too.  The former Southern Cal commit is setting up visits now.  I expect it’ll all get reported once he’s hammered out the dates.  Alabama will be in the race, maybe Gonzaga.  USC is still a possibility, as is following former Trojans coach Andy Enfield to SMU. 

Perry has said he’ll plan visits over the next few weeks with the hope of making a decision around the end of the month.  Virginia is going hard after him.   The roster situation will be a hurdle, having so many young guards already on board.  Perry and his circle really like and admire Tony Bennett.  It won’t be easy, but the Hoos have a legit chance to land their first McDonald’s All-American since Kyle Guy.  

Then there’s Syracuse transfer forward Maliq Brown.  It’s been quiet with him.  The UVA staff is in communication, that’s about all we know.    I’ve heard he’s been doing zoom calls with coaches, sorting through his options.  He’ll start setting up visits soon. 

Brown is one of the best defensive players in the country.  He led the ACC in steals this season, while averaging 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.  There were whispers about him weeks before he entered the portal, so presumably back channel communication had already taken place.  But as of yet,, there’s no indication of which schools Maliq will seriously consider.  

Tying It Together

Virginia only has two available scholarships as things stand.  However, a third will almost surely open when sophomore forward Ryan Dunn turns pro.  There’s also still a possibility of losing another outgoing transfer.  The Hoos will most likely want to add two forwards along with a point guard.

It’s easy to see UVA’s plan coming together.  Amos, Jefferson, and Maliq Brown being pursued for what will probably be two forward spots.  Mack or Perry at point guard.  That’s how transfer recruiting goes.  Each week is a new wave of visitors until the roster is finished.   Bennett no doubt has more surprises waiting up his sleeve.  

The next few weeks figure to be pretty crazy.  Be sure to check the forum for updates.  Thanks for subscribing to Locker Room Access.

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UVA Spring Sports Roundup 4/09 Category_Virginia Men's Lacrosse

UVA Spring Sports Roundup 4/09

By Josh Burton

By Josh Burton


Success continued on another week for the UVA athletics department, let's take a look at how all the spring sports programs fared.

Baseball

UVA Baseball is up to #11 this week after picking up a win over ODU followed by a huge 2-1 series victory over #13 North Carolina (UNC was ranked #10 during the series). Not only were the results great, but there was also some very good news for the Hoos.  

On the mound, Joe Savino made his anticipated debut for the Wahoos with a single inning start against ODU, allowing only one hit while striking out a pair. Savino is an arm that figured to slot in from the start. Savino being able to finally get going is a very welcome addition for a staff that is already down two of their better arms.

But that wasn’t where the good news stopped; in the second contest of the UNC series, the Hoos got their best performance yet from starter Evan Blanco. He went over 6 innings of two run ball while also striking out seven.  As mentioned, the staff rounding out and coming into its own is a very welcome sign for this year's team as pitching has been the main concern.

Offensively, a performance for the ages and a major slump beginning to break were in the cards for the Wahoos over the weekend. First-year phenom Henry Ford hit an incredible three home runs in the opening game against UNC, becoming the first Wahoo in over two decades to do so! The fun didn’t stop there, as in the second contest Ethan Anderson had a multi-homer game of his own, delivering twice for the Cavaliers. Ethan has been the most surprising struggling player so far this year, but there’s still plenty of baseball to be played and this type of performance may be just what he needed to get back on track.

 

 

This week, the Hoos host VCU tonight (6 pm) before traveling to Louisville for the weekend series beginning on Friday (4/12, 6 pm).

Softball

The Hoos continued their winning ways this week as they picked up a 2-1 series victory at Notre Dame. They’ve now won 10 of their last 11 games and are carrying serious momentum entering the final stretch of the season. Jade Hylton had a big series, going a combined 5-12 with 5 RBI’s over the weekend. 

They begin a five game homestand tonight against Liberty (7 pm) before hosting NC State for the weekend series beginning Friday (4/12, 7 pm). Both of these games listed will be on ACC Network. 

Roundup

#2 Men’s Lacrosse picked up a big 14-6 victory over UNC on Saturday as Payton Cormier scored his 200th career goal. They’ll be back in action this Sunday in a highly-anticipated showdown at rival #3 Duke (4/14, 2 pm). This one will air on ACC Network.

#11 Women’s Lacrosse picked up a pair of wins this week, first defeating VCU before going on the road and picking up a win at Louisville on Saturday. Their next game will be this Saturday as they host #3 Boston College on Senior Day (4/13, 4 pm). This one will be on ACC Network.

#2 Men’s Tennis extended their match winning streak to 10 as they picked up victories this week at Virginia Tech then over Boston College on Senior Day. Their regular season will come to a close this week as they head to Clemson on Thursday (4/11, 5 pm) before finishing up at Georgia Tech on Saturday (4/13, noon).

#4 Women’s Tennis split a pair of matches this week as they dropped the set at #6 UNC before picking up the big Victory at #20 Duke over the weekend. During the week, Melodie Collard and Elaine Chervinsky were named ACC Doubles Team of the Week for their performances the week prior. The women will also finish up the regular season this weekend as they host #19 Miami on Friday (4/12, 4 pm) and then Florida State on Sunday (4/14, noon)

(Featured Image Credit: Emily Faith Morgan/UVA Athletics) 

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