Virginia field hockey sophomore Emilie van Zinnicq Bergmann was in New Hampshire visiting her aunt (and namesake, Emilie van Zinnicq Bergmann-Riss), uncle (David Riss) and cousin (Danielle Riss) last week for Thanksgiving when her trip took an unexpected turn. While out on a hike with her family in the White Mountains, a 54-year old woman fell on some wet rocks and injured her knee. Emilie and her family assisted in the “carry out” rescue of the woman, helping to clear a path through the woods, helping the woman crutch and then, once they were back on the main path, helping to carry her back using a stokes litter to ambulance transport. It took about 45 minutes to help get the woman to the ambulance, with Emilie cheerfully trying to help keep the woman in good spirits while also physically assisting with the rescue. As a witness reported, “There were perhaps a hundred folks in the area that could have assisted, but she was the one that jumped in willingly and finished the game.”

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Former Wahoo and current St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (@joel9one) has been named as a nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. The award recognizes excellence on and off the field and a commitment to philanthropy and community impact. This year The Chris Long Foundation launched the Waterboys initiative to bring clean water to communities in East Africa. The goal is to raise $45,000 to build a sustainable, deep borehole well and to subsequently provide water for over 5,000 people in Sub-Sahara Africa. You can read more about The Waterboys Initiative and the Waterboys Challenge here.

The first standings for the 2015-16 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup were announced today. The all-sports points standings reflect finishes from the NCAA Championships in men’s and women’s cross country, and field hockey. UVA comes in No. 4 in the first poll with 172 points. The Cavaliers field hockey team earned 60 points for reaching the NCAA quarterfinals while women’s cross country placed 15th to also pick up 60 points and men’s cross country was 22nd and was awarded 52 points. Syracuse leads the first poll with 264.50 points followed by Michigan (202.5) and Colorado (180).  UVA, Syracuse, Michigan, Stanford and Princeton were the only schools to earn points for all three championships. CLICK HERE to see the latest standings.


@MattRileyUVA took this photo last night of John Paul Jones Arena. Within an hour, it had been reposted and retweeted all over with @theuniversityofvirginia’s Instagram repost alone garnering over 1,000 hearts in that short span. We heart it, too.