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CARY, N.C. — After UCLA’s Katelyn Rowland stopped penalty kicks by Virginia’s Alexis Shaffer and Morgan Brian, Bruins junior Rosie White fired the ball into the back of the net, sending UCLA past UVa 4-2 in penalty kicks and into the national championship match Sunday against Florida State. “To be honest, I was just trying not to think too much,” White said. Virginia (24-2) turned to back-up goalie Jessie Ferrari and, after Rowland stopped Shaffer, Ferrari kept the Cavaliers alive, making a diving stop on a low shot by sophomore Kodi Lavrusky. But White’s shot zipped low and to the left of the diving Ferrari to give the Bruins the win. “It was a tough game to lose, obviously, for us,” Virginia coach Steve Swanson said.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Virginia freshman Jordan Allen knew it wasn’t a high-percentage shot, but wedged between a couple of Connecticut defenders, he didn’t have very many options. Allen was going to go for , as he would say afterward, “a half-bicycle kick.” “It was just kind of an instinctual thing,” Allen said.
The last time Virginia’s women’s soccer team walked off the pitch at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., it had just lost 4-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals to in-state rival Virginia Tech, its only defeat of the year. “We were very disappointed about what happened in the ACCs,” UVa freshman midfielder Alexis Shaffer, a Cary native, said this week. “But I also think because of the loss, that’s
CHARLOTTESVILLE — George Gelnovatch and Steve Swanson had always been friendly, but back in 2005 they took their relationship to another level. Gelnovatch, the Virginia men’s soccer coach, and Swanson, the UVa women’s coach, teamed up to coach their 8-year-old sons in a local league. “It was a lot of fun,” said Gelnovatch Gelnovatch chuckled when asked how those teams he coached with Swanson fared. “We always won,” he said,
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State got manhandled and outhustled by North Carolina. And, the Spartans' school-record, three-week run as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press college basketball poll ended with a thud. The Tar Heels had five scorers in double figures and more players going after loose balls and rebounds in a 79-65 win over Michigan State on its home court Wednesday night. "We looked like a
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Joe Harris walked through the postgame handshake line with his hands on his hips, slowly making his way toward the Wisconsin players. The Badgers had been waiting for him all night, hadn’t they? To contest his shots. To cut off his drives through the lane. To pester him, vex him, get him out of his game. It worked this time. And for Virginia to have the kind of
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has vivid memories of the first time one of his teams won a basketball game when it shot under 30 percent from the field. He never thought it would happen a second time. "This sets a record," Ryan said Wednesday night after a 48-38 victory at Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Eighth-ranked Wisconsin (9-0) shot 28.8 percent from the field, including 25.9 percent in
Virginia might not have had a conference victory this year, but it still had the state’s only first-team representative on the media’s All-ACC teams released Monday. UVa junior Anthony Harris was the league’s top pick at safety after a recording a nation’s-best eight interceptions this year, tied for second on the Cavaliers’ single-season list. Harris also finished fifth in the ACC in passes defended per game (1.2) and 24th in
WOMEN'S SOCCER Virginia Tech will play in the first game of the NCAA semifinals Friday, with Virginia playing in the nightcap. The Hokies will face Florida State at 5 p.m. Friday in Cary, N.C. UVa will face UCLA at 7:30 p.m. Both games are on ESPNU. Conway honored Radford senior midfielder Rachel Conway has been named to the Academic All-America first team. Conway has a 4.0 GPA. She had four
CHARLOTTESVILLE — There was no occasion for a dramatic reading Saturday at Scott Stadium, as had been the case during a visit from Virginia Tech four years earlier. On that day, then-Virginia football coach Al Groh pulled a piece of paper from his pocket and began to read from the poem “The Guy in the Glass.” As opposed to Groh, who knew he had coached his final game in 2009,
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Just 57 seconds into Sunday's NCAA round-of-16 soccer game against Marquette, Virginia defender Matt Brown was hit with a red card, leaving UVa to play a man down for the rest of the game. Virginia, though, didn't let it affect them. The Cavaliers, playing with a palpable spunk, were as focused and dominant as they've been all season. Virginia, thanks to goals by Scott Thomsen, Darius Madison and
CHARLOTTESVILLE— Needing 74 yards Saturday to reach 1,000 yards for the season, Kevin Parks stood at 57 before he broke through the line for a 17-yard gain in the fourth quarter. He may not have known where he stood but Virginia’s offensive line had a pretty good idea. That could have been one of the few feel-good moments on an otherwise disappointing day, but, behind the play, an official was
CHARLOTTESVILLE— Mike London had just wrapped up his post-game news conference Saturday when details started to emerge from Auburn’s upset of No. 1-ranked Alabama. London’s eyes widened as he heard about Auburn’s game-winning 109-yard return of a missed Alabama field-goal attempt. “Wish something like that would happen to us,” said London, whose Virginia football team dropped a 16-6 decision to Virginia Tech before a Scott Stadium crowd of 52,069. Virginia’s
CHARLOTTESVILLE — After beating St. John’s in the second round of last Sunday’s NCAA Tournament, Virginia coach George Gelnovatch used the word “professional” to describe the performance of his team. What exactly did that mean? “A professional mentality,” explained Virginia junior Eric Bird. “Just approaching the game with the right mindset, come in really focused. We showed up very businesslike. It wasn’t crazy in the locker room — everyone was
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Six points. Virginia failed to score a touchdown Saturday, falling to Virginia Tech 16-6 in UVa’s season finale at Scott Stadium. “We didn’t make enough plays — today or this year,” UVa senior center Luke Bowanko said. “It’s a disappointing day for the offense as a whole. You need to score points to beat teams, even a team like that that prides itself on defense.” UVa (2-10, 0-8
CHARLOTTESVILLE Finally, the University of Virginia’s long nightmare of a football season is over. The Cavaliers went out fighting, literally, with the Virginia Tech Hokies, although by the midpoint of the second half neither team seemed to have much fight left. The larger point was getting this game completed and moving on. For Virginia Tech that means a yet-to-be determined bowl game. For Virginia it means some relief from a
TROY, N.Y. — The No. 11 Virginia wrestling team picked up two wins before dropping the finale to Lehigh in the Northeast Duals on Saturday. Virginia earned a 21-13 win over Clarion and 22-9 decision over Rutgers, but fell to Lehigh, 19-14, in the final match of the day. Gus Sako (149-pound) and Nick Sulzer (165-pound) swept their three matches on the day, while Nick Herrmann (125-pound) and Stephen Doty
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The ball bounced off the post softly and seemed to trickle around the goal line for an eternity. Fans rose to their feet. Virginia players jumped up and down on the sideline, willing the ball into the net. Seconds later, there was rejoicing — and relief. For just the second time in school history and the first time in the 14-year tenure of coach Steve Swanson, Virginia is
OFFENSE: EDGE HOKIES Virginia does not rank among the top 75 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in any of the five major offensive categories, but the Cavaliers do boast the ACC's No. 2 rusher in junior Kevin Parks, who has rushed for 924 yards. Tech's leading rusher, freshmen Trey Edmunds, has rushed for 582 yards. However, the Hokies have a much more efficient passing game with fifth-year senior quarterback Logan Thomas.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. -- Plagued in the past by an inability to win close games, Virginia outlasted Southern Methodist 76-73 in Friday night's semifinal round of the Corpus Christi Challenge. Sophomore Anthony Gill scored 17 of his game-high 19 points as UVa won its fifth game in a row and improved its record to 6-1. "We had to finish a game and win it and that was important against a
In the NFL, quarterbacks almost always are the highest paid players on their teams. With that comes constant accountability. But no matter the results of each game, at least the professionals can find some solace when their paychecks are deposited. In college, quarterbacks are the focal point of practically every team. They don’t always receive praise in a victory but almost always take the blame for a loss. They are
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Given that his parents were Virginia season ticket-holders before they were Cavalier parents, there is some likelihood that Jake Snyder was a spectator at the 2003 UVa-Virginia Tech football game. “I don’t remember it if I was,” Snyder said. That was the day that unranked Virginia defeated No. 25 Virginia Tech, 35-21, with command performances from future NFL Pro Bowlers Matt Schaub and Heath Miller. “I remember watching
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