Two Cavaliers Earn National Honors
May 5, 2006
For the second time in 2006, Tyler Leachman was named the National Player of the Week, and her teammate Blair Weymouth earned her second National Rookie of the Week honors after their performances in the 2006 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championships, won by the Cavaliers after upsetting Duke for the second time this season. Virginia defeated No. 1 Duke 13-8, holding the Blue Devils to their lowest point total of the season. Leachman earned the national honor from both womenslacrosse.com and insidelacrosse.com while Weymouth’s honor came from womenslacrosse.com.
Leachman was named the ACC Tournament MVP after leading the Cavaliers in scoring, notching a tournament-record 11 goals to go along with three assists. She scored a tournament-record tying seven goals in the win over UNC, including two in a span of 44 seconds as part of a 3-0 run to rally Virginia from down 9-7 to up 10-9 with less than three minutes in regulation. In the title win over Duke, Leachman pulled down five draw controls and scored the final three goals of the game for the Hoos. Leachman is the only player in the nation to have earned this honor twice this season by insidelacrosse.com.
Weymouth’s six goals tied the record for goals in a title game, including three in the second half as the Cavaliers used a 6-0 run in the first 19:41 of the second half to open up an 11-4 lead over the Blue Devils. Weymouth added three draw controls, including two in that opening run, to help Virginia reclaim the ACC title. The first-year from Holderness, NH already ranks second in school history in goals, assists, and points as a first year. She was named to the All-ACC team, the first person in Virginia history to be so honored as a true first-year. This is her second National Rookie of the Week honor.