THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Finally Over: After seven seasons at the helm of the UVA men's basketball program, coach Pete Gillen is finally put out of his misery, Monday, March 14. UVA Athletics Director Craig Littlepage's announcement brings an end to years of speculation: "There's not a classier person than Pete Gillen. It's time for us to focus on the future."
As Cavalier basketball concluded its season at the ACC tournament in DC over the weekend, everyone was prepared to face the fact that Gillen was doomed. Gillen still left every last ounce of sweat on the floor of the MCI Center, though, and his Wahoos put forth a valiant effort despite being lowest seed in the tournament.
UVA pulled out their second ACC tournament victory in Gillen's tenure as they came from behind to upset the sixth-seeded Miami Hurricanes Thursday, March 10. The Cavs then hung tough with the eventual tourney champion Duke Blue Devils (25-5, 11-5), only to fade in the game's closing minutes 76-64.
Gillen, 57, who refused to talk about his future at the post-game press conference, arrived in Charlottesville in 1998 and put UVA hoops back on the map. By 2001, the Cavs enjoyed a 20-win season and advanced to the NCAA tournament. From there, Gillen became a victim of his own success, and consistent mediocrity and inability to win in conference play (especially on the road, 11-45) likely caused his downfall.
Best model of determination: Coach Dom Starsia has the UVA men's lacrosse team playing some of the best lacrosse in America. The Cavs improved to 4-0 on the season by defeating the Princeton Tigers 11-7 in front of an excited home crowd at Klockner Stadium, Saturday, March 12. "We had a chip on our shoulder after hearing some of the things Princeton had said about us during the week," UVA senior attackman John Christmas told The Daily Progress.
Learning the hard way: The Charlottesville High School girls' basketball team's run toward a state championship falls short as the Black Knights are eliminated by Lord Botetourt in the state semifinal round. CHS could never get their potent offense in sync thanks to Lord Botetourt's defensive adjustments that held the Knights to just 38 points in their 10 point loss. "That's one thing with having such a young team. We have to learn how to play against people taller than us," Charlottesville coach Harry Terrell told the Progress.
The Week Ahead:
vs. OLD DOMINION
Saturday, March 19 @ 7pm
NCAA West Regional First Round
Williams Arena, Minneapolis
UVA women's basketball returns to the Big Dance as a sixth seed in the West Region. Expect an exciting match-up as they face off with 11th-seeded Old Dominion. Tickets: First & Second Round Package available at the UVA Ticket Office. $45 chair-back seating, $35 bench seating, and $25 UVA students. Game is also televised on ESPN 2.
Friday, March 18 @ 5pm
Saturday, March 19 @ 4pm
Sunday March 20 @ 1pm.
Wednesday, March 23
Huge Cavalier home-stand continues at Davenport Field. $6 Adult, $4 Youth/Senior.
Saturday, March 19 @ 1pm
vs. WILLIAM & MARY
Tuesday, March 22 @ 7pm
Plenty of exciting action at Klockner. $6 Adult, $4 Youth/Senior.