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BALTIMORE, Md. – Senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein has been named the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week for the first time in her career, as announced by the magazine today. Since the awards inception in 2000, Kalkstein is the 14th Cavalier to earn the national honor and the first since former All-American Ashley McCulloch was rewarded for her outstanding start of the 2009 season.

This national honor marks the second weekly honor for Kalkstein this season, as she was named the Player of the Week yesterday.

Kalkstein helped the Cavaliers to a 2-0 record last week, including leading No. 12 Virginia to a 14-13 upset win over No. 6 Syracuse on Saturday. The Cavaliers also defeated Richmond, 17-8, on Wednesday.

Kalkstein notched two goals and two assists, including the game-winning helper with 1:33 left in regulation, to pace the Cavaliers against the Orange. The midfielder also tied a career-high with nine draw controls in the contest to break the ACC’s all-time career record.

Against Richmond, Kalkstein had two goals and a game-high six draw controls.

To open the season, Kalkstein surpassed Lauren Aumiller’s school record of 190 draw controls from 2000-03. She then tied the all-time ACC mark against Richmond before breaking the conference record held by Maryland’s Dana Dobbie at 205 from 2007-08 against Syracuse. Kalkstein currently has a four-year total of 214 draw controls.

Virginia (2-1) will head on the road for two games this weekend. The Cavaliers will face No. 2 Maryland on Friday at 7 p.m., before heading to No. 14 Penn State for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.

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