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March 15, 2004

A trio of Cavaliers was honored today as Morgan Thalenberg and Amy Appelt were both named National Player of the Week and Andrea Pfeiffer earned ACC Player of Week Honors. This is the first national honor for both Thalenberg and Appelt and the first conference honor for Pfeiffer. Virginia went 2-1 last week, upsetting then-#3 Maryland in College Park before defeating then-#12 Penn State in State College.

Thalenberg was named the National Player of the Week by She leads the team with 17 draw controls after picking up at least three in every game last week. She has started every game in 2004 and ranks second on the team in shots and third in ground balls. Against Maryland she had three ground balls and four draws, versus Penn State she had a pair of goals and ground balls, and against Princeton she had a goal, three ground balls and three draw controls.

Appelt, who was named the National Player of the Week by, had an outstanding all-around week, starting with the Maryland game in which she went 4+0=4 and had a draw control and a caused turnover to go along with three ground balls. Against Penn State she had five goals and two assists while against the top-ranked Tigers she had her sixth consecutive hat trick on the year and added a draw control. In 2004 Appelt leads the Cavaliers with 29 goals and 35 points and averages just under six points a game. She has scored in 47 consecutive games and has 140 career goals, which ranks third all-time at Virginia. Her 192 career points ranks fourth all-time while her 52 career assists ranks eighth all-time at Virginia.

Pfeiffer, the ACC Player of the Week, recorded a 59% save percentage on the week (42 saves, 29 goals allowed), while posting a 9.66 goals against average against three top-12 teams. Against Maryland, the Paoli, Pa., native recorded 12 saves and held the Terrapins to eight goals. She also registered two caused turnovers and one ground ball. Versus the Nittany Lions, Pfeiffer tallied 17 saves, while allowing nine goals. In Virginia’s loss to No. 1 Princeton, Pfeiffer had a 52% save percentage, notching 13 saves, three caused turnovers and five ground balls.

Virginia returns to action on Saturday, March 20 as the Cavaliers host ACC-rival North Carolina. Game time against the Tar Heels is 1:00 pm.

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