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July 6, 2006

Four Virginia student-athletes on the ACC champion women’s lacrosse team were named to the 2006 All-ACC Academic Women’s Lacrosse team announced today by Commissioner John D. Swofford. ACC Tournament MVP Tyler Leachman and Tewaaraton finalist Nikki Lieb were named to the inaugural team along with fellow ACC champions Ginger Miles and Meredith Lazarus.

Miles, a government major, ranked 6th in the nation in goals-against average and was named to the 2006 STX Farewell Festival’s Division I North/South Senior All-Star Game. She anchored Virginia defense that ranked third in the nation at the end of the championships season and was named National Player of the Week by on Apr 3 after upsetting No. 2 and previously undefeated Duke with 12 saves. Miles was named ACC Player of the Week (Apr 3) and earned ACC All-Tournament honors as the Cavaliers upset top-ranked Duke for the ACC title.

Lieb, a psychology major, is Virginia’s first-ever National Defensive Midfielder of the Year. She led the Cavaliers in draw controls with 43 and earned first-team All-American honors in the midfield after earning honors as a defender the last two years. This year she was called up on be a more offensive threat, and Lieb responded with more points this year (41) than her first three years combined (39). An All-ACC selection for the third year and an All-ACC Tournament selection for the third consecutive year as well, Lieb was named a finalist for the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy, the only midfielder in the nation so honored. Her 43 draw controls ranks tenth all-time for a single season in Virginia history, and she closed out her career with 136 career draw controls, which ranks second all-time in school history. Lieb has been a consensus first-team All-American in each of her last three years and was named State Player of the Year.

Leachman, a psychology major, was a consensus first-team All-American after earning first-team honors from all three major organizations. She had another phenomenal season for the Cavaliers, leading them in goals for the second consecutive year with 56 while ranking second in draw controls with 41. Leachman, the ACC Tournament MVP who set a record with 11 goals in the tournament as the Hoos won the 2006 ACC Title, also had 31 assists this year, which ranks sixth all-time in school history for a single season. Her 87 points is the sixth-highest single-season total in school history. In addition, Leachman’s 41 draw controls not only rank 11th all-time for a single season, but also she ranks eighth all-time in school history with 109 draw controls. Leachman also ranks sixth in Virginia history with 66 career assists, and her 261 points ranks third all-time in school history. She is one of only three players in school history to have over 200 points and 100 draw controls. Leachman was a two-time ACC Player of the Week and a two-time National Player of the Week. She also earned All-Conference honors for the second consecutive year.

Lazarus, a commerce major, was a team captain in 2006 but suffered a season-ending injury in the game against Penn State. She earned All-American honors in 2005 and was named to the National All-Rookie team in 2003.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

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