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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior All-American Blair Weymouth was named the State Player of the Year as the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced the 2009 Women’s Lacrosse All-State Team today. Senior All-Americans Jenny Hauser and Ashley McCulloch, junior All-Americans Kaitlin Duff and Brittany Kalkstein and sophomore Liz Downs joined Weymouth as all-state first team honorees.

The Cavaliers led all schools with six student-athletes named to the two teams, all first-team selections, while Old Dominion had five honorees and George Mason and William & Mary were recognized with four student-athletes each.

Weymouth becomes the sixth Cavalier to earn VaSID Player of the Year honors. A Holderness, N.H., native, Weymouth recently became the second-ever four-time All-American in program history, earning second-team honors this season. An All-ACC selection, Weymouth led Virginia in goals, scoring a point in every game this year and tallied 58 multiple goal games throughout her four years. She finished her career among Virginia’s all-time leaders in goals (4th – 194), assists (5th – 78) and points (3rd – 271).

Downs was an All-South Region honoree this season. Starting every game throughout her career, Downs is the Cavaliers’ top match-up defender who consistently held opponents’ top attackers below their season averages. She finished the year ranked second on the team in ground balls and fourth in caused turnovers.

Duff, a second-team All-American, is the anchor to Virginia’s midfield. A two-time all-region honoree and two-time All-ACC Team member, Duff was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team and led the league in caused turnovers, finishing the season ranked ninth nationally. The rising senior has started every game of her career and currently sits fifth on Virginia’s career chart in caused turnovers, with 96.

Hauser ranked second on the team in goals and third in points this season, scoring in the last nine games of her career. She tallied multiple goals on 10 occasions and was credited with three game-winning goals this season. The Alexandria, Va., native earned All-South Region honors and a place on the All-ACC Team this year.

Kalkstein earned her first All-America honor this spring, garnering third-team accolades. Kalkstein started the year as a defender before moving back to the midfield midway through the season. An All-South Region honoree, Kalkstein led the ACC and finished the season ranked sixth nationally in draw controls. She broke her own single season mark in the category, collecting 73 this year and currently sits second on the program’s career records.

McCulloch wrapped up her career as the fourth Cavalier to reach the 100 assists mark, in addition to becoming the fourth UVa player to reach the 100 goals and 100 assists plateau. The third-team All-American led the Cavaliers in assists and was second in points this year. McCulloch was a two-time All-ACC team member and was honored as the ACC and National Player of the Week after back-to-back eight point performances to open the season. She finished her career in UVa’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.

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