Four Cavaliers Earn All-America Honors
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Four Cavaliers were named Inside Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and US Lacrosse All-Americans. National runner-up Penn led the way with five honorees, while five schools placed four representatives on the teams.
Senior Claire Bordley became a unanimous first-team All-American being named to the first-team. Junior Ashley McCulloch was honored with a second-team pick, while senior Kendall McBrearty and junior Blair Weymouth were selected to the third-team. This marks Weymouth’s third straight season in as many years that she has earned All-America status.
Bordley is among three defenders to be named to the first-team. She anchored Virginia’s defense this season, shutting down opponents’ top attackers. She scooped up 35 ground balls and won 29 draw controls, while collecting 19 caused turnovers. The senior was crucial in Virginia’s transition game and dished out two assists this season. Bordley was named a first-team All-American by womenslacrosse.com and earned first-team All-South Region honors last week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, she was honored on the All-ACC team and later named to the ACC All-Tournament Team. She was also voted the recipient of LaxPower’s Senior Defender of the Year Fan Award. The preseason All-American wraps up her career with 108 ground balls, 84 draw controls and 38 caused turnovers, in addition to two goals and six assists.
McCulloch was the quarterback to the Cavaliers’ offense this season. In collecting a team-best 58 points, the junior earned second-team All-America honors from womenslacrosse.com and was a first-team All-South Region pick. In dishing out a team-high 34 assists, she ranked second in the conference, and 18th nationally, with 1.89 assists per game, earning her All-ACC honors. The attacker scored the game-winning goal in Virginia’s 10-9 overtime victory over top-seeded Maryland for the Cavaliers’ third-straight conference championship, earning her All-Tournament Team honors. She was also selected to WomensLax.com’s 2008 All-American Team.
McBrearty wraps up her career as one of the top goalkeepers in the nation. The senior was named the top keeper in the league and region this season, and was named a womenslacrosse.com second-team All-American. The two-time MVP of the ACC Tournament led the conference in GAA and save percentage this season, in addition to being ranked third and sixth nationally, respectively. She earned All-ACC honors for the first time this year and was voted the team’s MVP and the recipient of LaxPower’s Senior Goalie of the Year Fan Award. She finishes her career among Virginia’s top goalies, ranking eighth with 331 career saves and ninth in allowing just 7.60 goals throughout her career.
Weymouth earns her third All-America distinction in three-straight seasons with her first honor this year. The junior attacker missed a portion of the beginning of the season due to injury, but came back to rank second on the team with 35 goals and third with 46 points. After scoring five goals in her season debut to lead Virginia to a win over then-No. 4 Syracuse, Weymouth was honored as WomensLax’s Player of the Week. She later earned ACC Player of the Week honors after tallying seven points (four goals, three assists) in a win over conference-for North Carolina.
The Cavaliers concluded the 2008 campaign with a 14-4 record and their third-straight ACC Championship. Virginia shared the regular season title with Maryland.