(Photo Courtesy of Major League Lacrosse)
The Major League Lacrosse (MLL) playoffs were set to get underway on Saturday at 4 pm, but that will not be happening as two teams, Chesapeake Bayhawks and Connecticut Hammerheads, have pulled out of the playoffs following a total of four players testing positive for COVID-19, according to multiple sources.
The Denver Outlaws and Boston Cannons will play for the MLL Championship on Sunday.
MLL announced earlier today that one player tested positive for COVID-19 last night and that they had conducted onsite testing of all players and staff. Those tests earlier today yielded three positives. According to multiple sources, the lone player who tested positive last night was a key member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, who played against the Connecticut Hammerheads in their regular-season finale on Friday.
Two teams, New York Lizards and Philadelphia Barrage, did not make the playoffs and had personnel leave the MLL bubble this morning.
The MLL semifinals had been pushed back from 2 pm and 1 pm and 4 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to allow for the league to obtain the results of the onsite testing and make a decision on how they wanted to move forward. No. 1 seed Denver was set to face No. 4 seed Boston and No. 2 seed Chesapeake was set to play No. 3 seed Connecticut. Both games were set to be rematches of the final two regular-season games on Friday.
What a different time, and it continues. The Endless Summer analogy is a stretch – right now it is hard to relate to a small group of surfers from the 1960s traveling around the world looking for the perfect ride. But as I take a break from watching videos of summer events that have somehow found a way to happen, and wonder if tomorrow will be any different from today’s activities here at the house, that old movie permeates into my thoughts.
Thank you to all of the alumni and alumnae who have shared their time and expertise into their careers with us. We are wrapping up the Career/Sector project this week feeling more connected than ever with you. Between these and the Rob Schmalz era-zoom calls, we have been able to learn a great deal while having a lot of fun at the same time. Thank you!
We have two men who will be pursuing an advanced degree in the McIntire School of Commerce this upcoming school year. Returner Jared Conners ’20 and transfer Charlie Bertrand begin their studies August 10th, two weeks prior to the undergraduate start of August 25th. This is the first time in many years UVa lacrosse players have been able to pursue an M.S. in Commerce due to the mandatory May foreign travel component (Global Immersion Experience) that is typically in place. For at least one year this requirement has been lifted, allowing Jared and Charlie access to this fantastic and highly-ranked graduate program.
The PLL and MLL are preparing to kickoff their seasons. Virginia Lacrosse will be represented in the action with Adam Ghitelman ’11, Pat Harbeson ’14 and Zed Williams ’17 competing in the PLL out in Utah while Mark Cockerton ’14, Scott Hooper ’18, Michael Kraus ’20 and Justin Schwenk ’20 can be found in Annapolis playing with the MLL.
The Dead Period was extended again, now through the month of August. What will September and the Fall semester look like in terms of recruiting? Will visits by prospects and their families to Grounds be allowed? It seems that the September 1 start date for contacts with the next recruiting class (2022) will remain in place. Thus, we will most likely be making phone calls and sending texts and e-mails to recruits in September but what else? Does a virtual tour do more than whet the appetite? Do families jump in the car and drive down to Charlottesville, knowing they will not meet with anyone from our staff? TBD…