Four Cavaliers Earn IWLCA All-America Honors
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Four Virginia women’s lacrosse team members earned All-America honors, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), while two others were named to the All-South Region team. Junior Kaitlin Duff and senior Blair Weymouth were named second-team All-Americans, while junior Brittany Kalkstein and senior Ashley McCulloch were honored on the third-team.
In addition, all four Cavaliers – and sophomore Liz Downs and senior Jenny Hauser – were named to the all-region team, as announced by the organization. Duff and Weymouth were first-team all-region members, while Downs, Hauser, Kalkstein and McCulloch were named to the second-team.
Duff’s second-team All-America honor marks a first for the junior, while it’s her second-consecutive year being named to the all-region team. A two-time all-conference honoree, Duff led the ACC in caused turnovers this season and finished the year ranked ninth nationally. She was named to the ACC All-Tournament team after scoring a team-high five goals and an assist, while scooping up seven ground balls and causing two turnovers. She currently sits fifth on Virginia’s career chart with 96 caused turnovers.
Weymouth became the program’s second-ever four-time All-American with the second-team honor, as Amy Appelt is the only other Cavalier to do so – earning the honor in 2002-05. Weymouth led Virginia in goals this season, scoring a point in every game throughout the year. She tallied 58 multiple goal games throughout her career, including a team-high 16 this season. She earned her first-ever All-ACC honor this year, in addition to her fourth all-region accolade. The 2006 consensus national rookie of the year and ACC Freshman of the Year, Weymouth finished her career among Virginia’s all-time leaders in goals (4th – 194), assists (5th – 78) and points (3rd – 271) and was voted this season’s MVP by her teammates.
Kalkstein is garnering her first-ever All-America and All-South Region honors. The junior started the season as a defender before switching back to the midfield halfway through the year. A two-time ACC Tournament team selection, Kalkstein led the ACC and finished the season ranked sixth nationally in draw controls. She set Virginia’s single season mark at 73 this year, surpassing her mark from 2007, and currently sits second on the program’s career list at 190 – just six shy of the all-time mark.
McCulloch, a two-time All-American and two-time all-region honoree, concluded a stellar career becoming just the fourth Cavalier to ever reach the 100 assists plateau. She also became the fourth Virginia player to break the 100 goals and 100 assists mark. She had a point in all but two games this season – both times against Maryland – and earned her second-consecutive All-ACC honor. She was also named the ACC and national player of the week after back-to-back eight point performances to open the season. McCulloch was a 2008 ACC All-Tournament team selection and finished her career in Virginia’s all-time record books for assists (3rd – 105) and points (8th – 206), in addition to holding three of the program’s top-10 single season marks for assists.
Downs, a first-time all-region honoree, was a member of the national all-rookie team a year ago. The defender has started every game throughout her career and is the team’s top match-up defender. She ranks second on the team in ground balls and fourth in caused turnovers, while consistently holding opponents’ top attackers below their season averages.
Hauser, a two-time All-American at Boston University, is garnering her first-ever All-South Region honor. She ranked second on the team in goals and third in points this year, scoring in all but two games – including the last nine straight of her career. She recorded multiple goals in 10 contests and was credited with three game-winning goals this season. The Inside Lacrosse Rookie of the Year in 2005, Hauser also earned ACC All-Tournament Team honors last year.