Virginia Athletics Women’s Programs 2021-2022 Review

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The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team repeated as National Champions. ~ Photo courtesy of Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

The 2021-22 Virginia sports year has officially ended with the elimination of the baseball team during the regional round of the NCAA Tournament and completion of track and field competition in Oregon. The women’s sports programs accounted for one team national championship (swimming) and a handful of individual national championships (swimming).

Here is a breakdown of how all the UVA women’s teams fared in the 2021-22 sports year.

Basketball

The Virginia women’s basketball team finished its 2020-21 season with a final record of 5-22. Ending the season with a 61-53 loss to Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament, it was another disappointing year for Hoo fans as they watched the team go 2-14 in the ACC. Following the conclusion of the season, UVA Athletic Director Carla Williams terminated coach Tina Thompson’s contract, despite it still having one year left from her initial signing in 2018. During her tenure with the Cavaliers, Thompson posted a 30-63 overall record.

Williams hired former Missouri State Coach Amanda “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton as the next coach. During her time with the Lady Bears, Coach Mox led the squad to a 75-15 overall record with two Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Hopefully, next season, she will provide the necessary spark to bring the Virginia women’s basketball program back to life.

Field Hockey

The UVA field hockey team posted a 12-9 overall record last season. Following its ACC Tournament Runner-Up performance, which saw the team fall 1-0 to UNC, hopes were high for its NCAA Tournament opportunities. However, the No. 5 seeded team was unable to finish the job falling 2-1 to Maryland. Though the team lost 9 games throughout the course of the season, each of these losses only came by one goal.

Despite the team’s tournament loss, there were numerous individual successes. Senior back Amber Ezechiels was awarded the honors of First Team All-ACC, First Team All-South Region, and First Team All American following her team best 19 points (7 goals, 5 assists) over the course of the season. Annie McDonough joined Ezechiels as an All-ACC Honoree, earning a position on the second team. Ezechiels, Makayla Gallen, and Rachel Robinson were named to the All-ACC Tournament Team. In addition to conference recognition, several other Cavaliers were recognized on a regional level with Adele Ioacobucci and Robinson being named to the First Team All-South Region unit and Gallen being named to the second team. Along with being acknowledged as a first team All-South Region honoree, Robinson was also named a third team All American.

Golf

The Virginia women’s golf team had a very strong season as it returned to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2019. The team earned its spot in the Championship through its second place performance in the Ann Arbor Regional, giving them an eight seed heading into NCAAs. In Scottsdale, the host of this year’s championship, the team finished in 15th place shooting 49 over. This marked the program’s 12th appearance in the NCAA Championship over the team’s 19-year history.

Jennifer Cleary, Beth Lillie, and Amanda Sambach were all key contributors for the team this season. Cleary boasted of the best average score on the team, 72.63, and was tied for fifth in Ann Arbor with a score of 2 over. Beth Lillie, a graduate student, had an average score of 73.63. With her 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships, Lillie became the first Cavalier to

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