April 11, 1987 |
Ridley High's Matt Blundin never has been one to back away from a challenge. It's simply not his nature. Two months ago, he was set to accept a football scholarship with Penn State. But at the last moment, the extensively recruited 6-7 quarterback instead chose to follow his heart and pursue a big-time basketball scholarship. He did it even though the interest in him in that sport wasn't nearly as widespread. And, of course, the skeptics were highly critical of the decision.
March 16, 2012 |
Virginia will put its pack-line defense on display for the nation Friday against a Florida team well-suited for attacking it. The 10th-seeded Cavaliers (22-9) have only seven scholarship players available, making it imperative for their slowdown game to keep the score low if they hope to beat the No. 7 Gators (23-10) at the CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. Memphis-St. Louis. The Memphis Tigers (26-8) have the No. 8 seed and an advantage heading into a showdown with ninth-seeded Saint Louis (25-7)
January 14, 1991 |
If Las Vegas bookmakers posted early odds on the next NCAA women's basketball champion, Virginia would be a strong favorite after the week the Cavaliers (14-1) just spent on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Second-ranked Virginia - whose 73-71 loss to Penn State at Charlottesville on Jan. 3 made the Nittany Lions No. 1 in the coaches' national rankings - defeated 12th-ranked Clemson, 81-75, on Wednesday, and then came back from a 20-point second-half deficit to down No. 3 North Carolina State, 123-120, in triple overtime Saturday at Raleigh in front of more than 11,000.
March 23, 1990 |
The way Tennessee and Virginia keep meeting at the regional level of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, they might as well mark the event on their schedules at the beginning of the season. The two teams will meet for the fourth time in five years tomorrow at Old Dominion's fieldhouse in Norfolk for the East championship (ESPN, noon). Tennessee (27-5) easily defeated Clemson, 80-62, with a strong defensive performance in the first of two East semifinal games last night.
November 3, 2011 |
Germantown Academy senior Chris Yankowich has made an oral commitment to wrestle for the University of Virginia. Yankowich chose Virginia over Bucknell, Duke, and Columbia. His second official visit to Virginia a couple of weeks ago cemented his decision. "Going for something bigger and better at Virginia," GA wrestling coach Steve Hill said. Yankowich, who went 34-10 in the 135-pound division as a junior, claimed the division's title at the National Preps tournament as the No. 5 seed, winning quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship bouts with third-period or overtime takedowns.
June 24, 2011 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Unbeaten Tyler Wilson carried a shutout into the eighth inning, Virginia used a four-run sixth to break open a close game and the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers eliminated California from the College World Series with a 8-1 victory last night. Virginia (56-11) will face defending national champion South Carolina in the Bracket 2 final. The Cavs would need to beat the Gamecocks today and again tomorrow to reach next week's best-of-three finals. The loss ends an improbable postseason run for California (38-23)
May 24, 2004 |
Conestoga High School graduate Andrea Pfeiffer made 19 saves yesterday to lead the University of Virginia women's lacrosse team to a 10-4 victory over two-time defending champion Princeton in the NCAA championship game at Princeton Stadium. The senior goalie was named the tournament's most valuable player after helping Virginia to its third national title and first since 1993. Princeton (19-1) beat the Cavs (19-3) in overtime in last year's NCAA final and by 12-9 in a regular-season game March 19. Pfeiffer was at her best midway through the first half, when Princeton took nine straight shots but came up with just one goal for a 1-0 lead.
November 20, 1989 |
Sophomore Lyle Yorks scored three goals yesterday to lift second-ranked Virginia to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia Textile in the second round of the NCAA soccer championships. The Rams (14-2-6) managed only four shots on goal. One resulted in their only score, which came on freshman forward Scott Leacott's six-yard shot at 12 minutes, 45 seconds, on a scramble in front of the goal. The goal by Leacott, a graduate of Delran High School in New Jersey, came 25 seconds after Yorks' first score and enabled Textile to tie the match.
June 17, 2011 |
When the worm is big, does the late bird stand the best chance of getting it? Before dismissing that notion, check with Michael Mooney, a 6-5, 255-pound rising senior at Malvern Prep. One, two, three . . . nine, 10, 11 colleges offered him football scholarships. Virginia was last and that's where he's going. "I felt it was my best fit in terms of great football and academics," said Mooney, a two-way tackle projected to serve on the offensive side of the ball. "And that was where I felt the most comfortable with the coaching staff.