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UVA-ODU: A Virtual Lesson In VA College Baseball History

The matchup between Virginia and Old Dominion in the baseball regional in Columbia, S.C., was a virtual lesson in college baseball history in Virginia.

Old Dominion's head coach, Chris Finwood, played at VMI from 1985-88 and was a career .300 hitter, posting a .399 average as a senior.

Finwood, later named to the VMI Sports Hall of Fame, also served as the Keydets' baseball coach from 1992-94. The Keydets won a school-record 21 games in 1993 after winning two games two games earlier.

After leaving VMI, Finwood's teams at Western Kentucky won 190 games in six years. Originally from  Hampton, he was hired by Old Dominion in athletic director Wood Selig in 2012.

Selig is a graduate of Washington and Lee who worked at Virginia and has a son in Virginia Tech's  Corps of Cadets.

Still Talking Lacrosse

Overseeing the selection of former Roanoke College All-American and coach John Pirro to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Hall of Fame was Brian Logue, a past sports information director at Washington and Lee, the Maroons' premier rival.

"We don't publicly announce the [12] finalists," said Logue, director of communications for the USILA.  "but John's name has been under strong consideration for years and this year he was ranked among the top four to receive the honor."

After Virginia won its second straight Division I men's lacrosse final with a 17-16 victory over Maryland, UVa coach Lars Tiffany was quick to signal out an ex-UVa coach, Glenn Thiel, who returned to his alma mater, Penn State, after winning two NCAA titles with the Cavaliers.

"Glenn Thiel offered me a position with his Penn State men's lacrosse program in September 2000," Tiffany said in the past week. "I jumped at it and spent four years in Happy Valley. I never wanted to leave.

"I took the Stony Brook job with tears in my eyes literally," said of his first head-coaching job. I was allowed to grow as a coach under Glenn. He gave me a lot of leash."

■  A cast of younger men's lacrosse players at Virginia includes 6-foot-7, 200 defenseman Cole Kastner, a freshman from Menlo Park, California who told usalaxmagazine.com that he "was really split down the middle" as to whether to play lacrosse or basketball in college.

Kastner's father played football and rugby at Stanford. … Virginia has recruited three of the top 10 men's lacrosse prospects for 2022, including the top goalie, Matthew Nunes, Nunes, from the Houston suburb of The Woodlands, is rated the No. 3 prospect overall.

Recruiting

Virginia has taken a football commitment from Davis Lane, a junior quarterback this past season at Lynchburg Christian Academy. Davis, a three-star prospect according to rivals.com, also had offers from Army, Navy and Old Dominion .

Lane played at Jefferson Forest before transferring to LCA., where he passed for 1,047 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season. Davis also is an indoor state track champion.

Lane's teammate at RCA, offensive lineman Zach Rice, is listed by rivals.com as headed to Virginia this weekend for a visit. Rice, who is rated the No. 19 prospect in the country, already has visited Alabama, Ohio State and North Carolina.

Portal News

Artie Henry III, a wide receiver from Marshall, has been cleared to transfer to Virginia after catching 22 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns in 2020.

Henry, also a punt returner for Marshall, is a graduate of Booker High School in Sarasota, Fla., and spent two years at San Diego Mesa Junior College. He has a combined 67 receptions over four seasons.

Valley Talk

Cave Spring High School graduate Reagan Delp, a junior at Christopher Newport, reached the quarterfinals of the Division III women's tennis championship and became the first All-American in program history.

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