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Dec. 8, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Three members of the Virginia women’s soccer team were named All-Mid-Atlantic Region by the NSCAA Monday. Second-year midfielder Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.) and first-year defender Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) were named to the first team while second-year midfielder Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas) was named to the second-team.

Hammond was a key part of the Cavaliers’ offense in 2003, leading the team in goals (12), points (30), and game-winning goals (6). Her goal and points totals were each the seventh highest in school history, while her game-winning goal total ranks second for a season at UVa She was honored for her play with first team All-ACC honors earlier this month, while during the season Hammond twice earned Team of the Week honors from both Soccer Buzz and Soccer America, and ACC Player of the Week honors once. Hammond is also one of 12 finalists for the Soccer Buzz National Player of the Year award.

Sauerbrunn made an immediate impact for the Cavaliers during her first season. She played every minute this year while anchoring a Virginia defense that posted nine shutouts and allowed just 0.82 goals and 7.0 shots per game. Offensively, Sauerbrunn recorded two assists during her rookie season. She has already been recognized for her play by the ACC, being named conference Freshman of the Year and earning second team All-ACC honors. Sauerbrunn is also one of 12 finalists for the Soccer Buzz National Freshman of the Year award.

Huffman was an integral part of the Cavalier midfield this season. She started 20 games on the year and finished the season with two goals and five assists for nine points. Huffman was already earned post-season accolades this year from the conference, being named first team All-ACC.

Hammond, Huffman, and Sauerbrunn helped Virginia to a 12-5-4 record and reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2003. They are three of the 17 Cavaliers on this season’s roster with eligibility remaining for next year.

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