Merry Christmas to everyone from all of us here at Lambeth Field. Because it is Christmas Eve, here is our twist on a holiday classic. We are wrapping this into our year end review as next week we will have our decade review of Virginia Sports, and that has already occupied too much of our time debating the all-decade teams and the greatest moments of the past ten years. So let’s get right to it.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Wahoos gave to me . . .
12 Linemen Blitzing
Switching to the 4-3 defense will mean a lot of our tackles and sacks will come from the linemen instead of the linebackers. And we will need a lot more than the 12 linemen on the team now. Look for some of the outside linebackers to switch to down defensive ends next year.
The Men’s Soccer team won the National Championship a few weeks ago (like you haven’t noticed) which was the only NCAA title this year for the Hoos. They are young and will return 90% of their starters and key reserves next year.
The Women’s Basketball team enjoyed success last year and made it to the third round of the NCAAs last year. This year they are poised to do the same because they are very deep. Ten women are averaging double digit minutes played so far this year and that should mean a well rested team deep into the season.
9 Batters batting
The UVa Baseball team is ready to start back up in February with a newly crowned #3 ranking from Baseball America. They will be looking to build on their College World Series appearance from last year that ended an amazing run though the ACC tournament, the Fullerton Regional, and the Oxford Super Regional going 11-1.
8 Rowers rowing
The UVa Eight, Champion, and ‘B’ rowing teams are looking for another top five national finish this year. Another ACC title should be in their grasps as well.
The Men’s and Women’s Golf team will be looking for back-to-back nationally ranked seasons. The Men are searching for the first win of the season, while the Women have a couple of wins at the NGCA Match Play Championships.
6 Wrestlers pinning
The nationally ranked Men’s Wrestling team has 6 wrestlers who have more than 10 wins on the season with more than 2 major decisions each. Not too shabby.
5 GOLDEN GOALS!!!!!
Men’s Lacrosse has notched 5 overtime victories in the past two seasons. This year they are projected to be ranked in the top 3 and should win the ACC title with ease.
4 Rackets swinging
Men’s Tennis won the ITA National Indoor Title again in 2009. This year they don’t have a top individual, but they have 4 highly ranked players who should make another deep run at the NCAAs.
Sylven Landesberg (15.9), Mike Scott (13.1), and Sammy Zeglinski (10.8) all are averaging double digit points on the season. They will need to continue the effort (and come back from injury…Mike, looking at you) if they are to be competitive in the ACC this year.
2 Teams splashing
The Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams are enjoying a better than average season. And our average is very good!! With top 20 finishes last year, it would not be surprising to see both teams in the top 10 by the end of the year.
And a new coach on the ball field.