All I ever wanted to do was write some sports articles in my spare time. Now, one term as editor, 200-plus articles and several nasty e-mails later, this column marks the close of a long and satisfying era in my life. While technically I still have one article left - an opinion column for The Cavalier Daily's graduation issue - I'm much more sentimental about writing the words you're reading now. However, that doesn't mean that the millions ... and millions ... of my diehard fans (a list that includes the staff of The Declaration, "Jim Beam" who regularly posts at thesabre.com and current Cav quarterback Dan Ellis) should reach for that box of Kleenex.
James Madison freshman righthander Mike Trussell dazzled the Cavaliers yesterday at the U.Va. Baseball Field, allowing only six hits en route to a complete game 3-1 victory against Virginia. David Stone's RBI fielder's choice gave the Cavs (19-25-1, 7-11 ACC) an unearned run and a quick lead in the third inning. Mark Hurrie and Alexander Starr combined to shut down the Dukes (30-15) for most of the game, but JMU tied the game in the eighth and scraped together two runs in the top of the ninth.
The only things hotter than the heat-radiating bleachers at the U.Va Baseball Field yesterday were Tim LaVigne's bat and Brandon Creswell's arm. The hitting-pitching combination cleared the way for Virginia to take a 10-6 victory against No.
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-The Virginia men's lacrosse team must be starting to like the idea of playing at Maryland's Byrd Stadium. After winning last year's NCAA Championship at the stadium and defeating the Terps there earlier this year, the Cavs returned to Byrd this weekend and beat North Carolina and Maryland to capture the ACC Tournament title. "I like playing on this field," senior midfielder Jay Jalbert said.
The Virginia track and field squads fell well short of the team titles this weekend at the ACC Championships, but the Cavalier throwers led a pack of athletes who turned in stellar individual performances. Sophomore Brian Kollar and freshman Inge Jorgensen captured the Cavs' only conference titles, both coming in the javelin. The Cavalier men finished eighth overall, while the women - who were second after the first day of competition - wound up fourth.
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-Trailing 8-6 against No. 1 Maryland with a minute left to play in the semifinals of the women's lacrosse ACC Tournament Friday night, Cavalier junior attacker Mills Hook took a pass from teammate Jamie Haas and backed her way within 20 feet of the Maryland goal. As Hook tried to spin past a Terrapin defender for an open shot, she slipped on the slick and soggy grass of Ludwig Field and crashed to the ground, taking No.
With no team ranked lower than eighth nationally, the four-way battle for ACC women's lacrosse tournament champion promises to be nothing less than a hotly contested dogfight this weekend in College Park, Md. So far this season, no team has emerged as a definite frontrunner for the ACC trophy.
Highlighted by a record-breaking handful of freshmen throwers, the up-and-coming Virginia track and field team is looking to showcase its young and talented squad in the ACC Outdoor Championships, which start today and run through Saturday. The Cavalier squad, two-thirds of which are freshmen or sophomores, has been maturing all season.
The Virginia baseball team looks to improve on its seventh-place standing in the ACC in its three-game series against North Carolina this weekend. The Cavs (17-23-1, 5-10 ACC) lost Wednesday to Virginia Tech in a 10-inning heartbreaker.
A week after locking up a strong six-player recruiting class, Virginia women's basketball coach Debbie Ryan yesterday rewarded the man primarily responsible for those signings, promoting assistant coach Shawn Campbell to associate head coach. Campbell has been with the Cavalier program for 15 years and focuses on the team's recruiting and scouting. "Shawn has been a top assistant in the country over the last decade," Ryan said in a press release.
BLACKSBURG-The Virginia baseball program has a long rivalry with the Hokies of Virginia Tech, but the Cavs 7-6 loss in Blacksburg yesterday might go down as one of the most bizarre meetings yet. After fighting their way back from four runs down to send the game into extra innings, the Cavaliers (17-23-1, 5-10 ACC) suffered a 10th-inning meltdown to lose their fifth game in a row. Cav pitcher Alexander Starr opened the bottom of the 10th by walking the first batter.
He had me at hello. Okay, maybe not that quickly, but certainly at goodbye. Just minutes after discovering via cell phone that the Washington Redskins were investing a mighty chunk of their future in him, wildly-athletic, often hyperactive Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington stepped behind a Madison Square Garden podium and faced the media for the first time as a professional. As Arrington proudly sauntered to the front of the room, I stood close enough to the man to take his pulse.