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April 18, 2002

Six Cavaliers were honored at tonight’s ACC Championships banquet as Lauren Aumiller, Molly Cangemi, Gina Sambus and Tiffany Schummer were named to the ACC Women’s Lacrosse team, Amy Appelt was named the ACC Rookie of the Year, and Julie Myers was named the league’s coach of the year for women’s lacrosse. This is the most honorees that the Cavaliers have had at the conference level in women’s lacrosse and it is the first such honor for Coach Myers. Appelt is Virginia’s fourth ACC Rookie of the Year (Amy Fromal, 1997, Mills Hook 1998, Caitlin Banks, 2001).

Lauren Aumiller (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) Aumiiller is a repeat selection on the All-ACC team after a record-setting season in 2002. She already ranks third in scoring at Virginia with 196 career points, including 82 this year, which ranks second nationally. In fact, there have only been 13 seasons in the history of all players at all ACC schools in which a player has notched more points than Aumiller in a single season. Lauren leads the conference in scoring, goals scored, assists, and draw controls. She was the only player this season to score a hat trick in every ACC game and has a sixteen-game scoring streak heading into the ACC semifinals. She has notched a hat trick in nine of Virginia’s 13 games this year alone and has notched three assists or more in a game five times in 2002. She is the only player in the nation to rank in the top ten nationally in goals per game, assists per game, and draw controls per game. Lauren is a member of the USA National Developmental Team and a member of the USA Under-19 team that won the world title in 1999 as well as a 2001 All-American.

Molly Cangemi (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) Cangemi is a swing player who is third on the team in both scoring and caused turnovers. Already this season she has equalled her season-high in points and has a new season-high with 29 goals this year. Her 18 caused turnovers is also a season-high and she is about to pass her season-high in ground balls. Molly is poised to become the first person in Virginia history to record 20+ goals, assists, ground balls and caused turnovers in a single season

Gina Sambus (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) A fourth-year co-captain, Gina is a member of the USA National Developmental team. She leads the ACC in ground balls and ranks third in caused turnovers, she ranks fifth nationally in ground balls per game. Her seven assists this year is a season-high for her and she stands just two points shy of her season-high in points.

Tiffany Schummer (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) One of this year’s co-captains, Tiff was named the National Player of the Week by for her organization of one of the best defenses in the nation. She ranks in the top five in the conference in both caused turnovers and ground balls and her defense often leads to a stop that creates a great offensive chance for the Cavaliers.

Amy Appelt (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) The nation’s leading freshman scorer, Appelt has an outstanding 55 points this season and stands just two points away from setting the record at Virginia among all first-years. In this season she has had six hat tricks, including two against ACC teams and in the third ACC game she had five assists, which set a record at Virginia for first-years. She already holds the record for most assists as a first-year and ranks nationally in both assists per game and points per game. This is the second consecutive year that the Cavaliers have been honored with the ACC Rookie of the Year award, following Caitlin Banks’ selection in 2001.

Julie Myers Myers, one of the most successful coaches in women’s lacrosse, earned yet another honor with her selection as ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Cavaliers to a 3-0 regular season record and the top seed in the ACC Championships. A 1991 and 1993 NCAA Champion, Myers is the first person in NCAA Division I history to win a title as a player (1991) and then lead her team to the title game as the head coach (1996, 1998, 1999). “This honor is for Heather [Dow], Colleen [Shearer] and Stuart [Cawthorn, Virginia’s assistant coaches] as well.” Myers shares the honor with Jenny Slingluff-Levy, the head coach of the UNC Tar Heels. Myers and Slingluff were teammates at Virginia from 1989-91.

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