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As the fall semester nears an end, all of Virginia’s athletic programs that compete primarily in the fall have seen their seasons come to a close. Women’s soccer and field hockey sustained a season of success, men’s soccer rediscovered its footing as an elite program and cross country and volleyball made significant strides forward.
No. 3-seeded Virginia women’s soccer saw its season come to a close at the hands of No. 1 UCLA in heartbreaking fashion Saturday night. The Cavaliers (16-4-3, 6-2-2 ACC) found a second-half equalizer before ultimately conceding the decisive goal to the Bruins (20-2-1, 9-2 PAC 12) in the first period of overtime.
The ACC announced Monday night that Saturday’s game between Virginia and Virginia Tech has been canceled, marking an end to the season for both teams. This will be the first time since 1969 that the two schools will not compete in football.
As the University community processes the aftermath of Sunday’s shooting, the Virginia Athletics community is grieving the loss of three student athletes. Three Virginia football players — second-year student Devin Chandler, third-year student Lavel Davis Jr. and fourth-year student D'Sean Perry — were shot fatally Sunday. Third-year student Mike Hollins underwent a second surgery Tuesday and a fifth student was also injured.
Virginia athletic teams will continue with scheduled games for the remainder of the season, though a decision has not been made yet concerning the football team’s upcoming game Saturday against Coastal Carolina.
For over three years, Virginia football’s senior kicker Brendan Farrell has been quietly putting in the work, controlling only what he could. So when Coach Tony Elliott called a timeout in the middle of a two-minute drill at practice the morning of Aug. 25, the stakes of what was within Farrell’s control skyrocketed. During the timeout, which was meant to ice Farrell prior to a field goal attempt, Elliott declared that the senior would be awarded a scholarship if he made the kick.
No. 4 Virginia women’s soccer opened its 2022 campaign Thursday with a 3-1 victory over George Mason. While a two-goal victory may not immediately indicate a dominant performance, the Cavaliers (1-0, 0-0 ACC) had their way with the Patriots (0-1, 0-0 A10) on both ends of the field, holding a 37-2 shot advantage.
Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving sent 20 swimmers to compete in the 2022 Phillips 66 National Championships, which took place Tuesday through Saturday. Both collegiate and professional athletes from across the country traveled to the William Wollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. to compete against the nation’s best.
Virginia football took a major step Thursday with the ceremonial groundbreaking of its new Football Operations Center, the next phase of Virginia Athletics’ Master Plan. The 90,000 square-foot facility is set to be completed by spring 2024 and will represent a significant upgrade from the McCue Center — the football program’s current, severely outdated, facility that has been in use since 1991.
The University announced Tuesday that an anonymous former student-athlete has made the single largest donation to the Virginia Athletics Foundation, a $40 million contribution made with the intent of making a “significant” impact in the lives of student athletes.
After four years at the helm of Virginia women’s basketball, Virginia Athletics announced today that Coach Tina Thompson will not be returning. Athletic Director Carla Williams revealed that the remainder of Thompson’s contract — one with a year still remaining — will be terminated.
As one of the greatest student-athletes to ever step on Grounds — often considered the best female Virginia athlete of all time — Dawn Staley’s legacy and impact in Charlottesville will never be forgotten.
Virginia football Coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Thursday evening he is resigning from the head coach position following the Cavaliers’ upcoming bowl game. Despite a disappointing end to Virginia’s regular season, the news still comes as a shock to the college football community.
Saturday was the perfect opportunity. Despite losing three straight games to ranked opponents, Virginia football had a chance to finish the regular season with a winning record, beat Virginia Tech for the second time in three years and eliminate its hated rival from bowl game contention. The Hokies had just let go of former Coach Justin Fuente, lost five of their past seven games and were a near embarrassment to a fanbase that takes immense pride in its football team. The Cavaliers were favored by a touchdown and were led by junior quarterback Brennan Armstrong — one of the best in the nation at his position. It would have been hard to write a better script for Virginia to dominate Virginia Tech and take control of a rivalry that has been out of reach for two decades.
Virginia put together an up-and-down, mistake-laden effort against No. 18 Pittsburgh, falling 48-38 despite the return of junior quarterback Brennan Armstrong. It seemed like the game was there for the taking for the Cavaliers (6-5, 4-3 ACC), but a number of costly mistakes — especially on special teams — proved to be the difference against the Panthers (9-2, 6-1 ACC).
In the nearly five quarters of game action since junior quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s rib injury late in a shootout-loss to now-No. 14 BYU, Virginia’s offense has only mustered three total points. With Armstrong on the sidelines against now-No. 6 Notre Dame, the Cavaliers (6-4, 4-2 ACC) struggled offensively en route to a 28-3 domination by the Fighting Irish.
Within a five-day span in late November and early December of 2015, Virginia football Coach Bronco Mendenhall and Virginia Tech football Coach Justin Fuente were hired to their respective programs. Both coaches were hailed for their success in bringing national attention to traditionally lesser-known programs — Mendenhall with BYU and Fuente with Memphis. However, the circumstances for their arrivals and the resulting trajectories at each school could not have been more different — a fact now made plainly obvious with Fuente parting ways with Virginia Tech Tuesday morning.
On Aug. 30, 2008, Scott Stadium was filled to the brim with 64,947 fans — well beyond the venue’s official capacity of 61,500 — for a showdown against a highly ranked USC team. Virginia will not be remembered for its performance on the field, losing 52-7, but, to this day, the matchup sits atop the record books as the highest attended game in Scott Stadium history.
Virginia completed a feat Saturday night it had not done in a decade — win four consecutive conference games. The Cavaliers (6-2, 4-2 ACC) put on an offensive clinic to defeat visiting Georgia Tech 48-40. Virginia fell behind by two touchdowns early but rallied to outscore the Yellow Jackets (3-4, 2-3 ACC) and survive a late scare.
Against improbable odds, Virginia football somehow escaped with narrow wins at both Miami and Louisville to return to the comfort of Scott Stadium on a two-game winning streak against ACC opponents. The Cavaliers (4-2, 2-2 ACC) — beneficiaries of back-to-back missed game-winning field goals from their opponents — are heavy favorites Saturday against a Duke squad many have tabbed as the worst team in the ACC.