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Virginia field hockey athletes Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn and Shelly Edmonds both earned national recognition as announced its annual awards today. Kaars Sijpesteijn was named a third-team All-American while Edmonds was named to the All-Rookie squad. The Cavaliers closed the season with a berth in the NCAA Championships after posting an 11-10 record against the nation’s eight-toughest schedule.

Kaars Sijpesteijn, who earned All-ACC honors for the second consecutive year, was a force at both ends of the field, leading the Cavaliers in both attacking and performance stats. She notched nine goals and five assists for 23 points, ranking second on the team in both goals and points. Two of the goals were game-winners (Rutgers, Radford) as were two of the assists (Vermont, William & Mary). She was named to the All-Tournament team at both the Sheraton Classic and the ACC Tournament. The team leader was named to the National Honor Roll by twice this season (Sept. 10 and Oct. 19) and was named the ACC Player of the Week after helping the Cavaliers upset Duke 5-3 in the regular season finale.

Edmonds led the Cavalier field players in defensive stats despite missing the games against Rutgers and Old Dominion. A member of the Virginia backfield, Edmonds helped the Cavaliers contain some of the top offenses in the nation as Virginia posted two shutouts on the year. She is the second Cavalier in school history to be named to the national All-Rookie team, joining current teammate Traci Ragukas, who earned the honor in 2006.

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