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Dec. 8, 2005

University of Virginia head women’s lacrosse coach Julie Myers has announced that fourth-year student-athletes Nikki Lieb and Meredith Lazarus will serve as captains for the 2006 campaign. Lieb and Lazarus are both All-Americans who helped Virginia win a national championship in 2004. “Both players have had incredible success on the field and in the classroom and both lead by example,” said Myers. “They are certain to guide this years team in a positive direction while calling on their classmates to assist them along the way. Our entire fourth year class is as strong as ever and they all bring a lot of experiences and successes to the team. 2006 is lining up to be another exceptional year for Virginia women’s lacrosse.”

Lazarus had an incredible return from a season-ending injury in 2004 this year. She led the team with 31 caused turnovers, ranked second on the team in ground balls and was fourth in draw controls. Lazarus was named a third-team All-American by, and in her first year was named to the National All-Rookie Squad by Lazarus’ selection as captain coincides with her selection as secretary of the Raven Society at the University of Virginia. The Raven Society is an academic honor society recognizing commitment to the ideals to the University.

Lieb earned first-team honors for the second time in her career in 2005. An All-ACC performer for her second consecutive year, Lieb was also a member of the NCAA All-Tournament team. Lieb led the Hoos with 44 draw controls, which ranks 10th in a single season in school history. She also led UVa with 61 ground balls and was second on the team with 26 caused turnovers. She was a consensus first-team All-American.

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