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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Brittany Kalkstein has been named one of four nominees for the 2009-10 Honda Sports Award for women’s lacrosse, as announced by the Collegiate Women Sports Award. Northwestern’s Katrina Dowd, Maryland’s Caitlin McFadden and North Carolina’s Jenn Russell join Kalkstein to form this year’s honorees.

The winner of the Honda Sports Award for women’s lacrosse will be decided by nationwide voting among NCAA member schools and will become a nominee for The Honda-Broderick Cup, an award annually given to the nation’s outstanding collegiate women athlete of the year. In addition to the honor of this selection, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women’s athletic fund of each nominee’s university, while the winner’s program will receive $5,000.

Kalkstein recently wrapped up an illustrious career. The ACC and UVa career record holder for draw controls at 282, Kalkstein also holds Virginia’s top-three single season records for draws, including a career-best 97 this season – a mark stands as the sixth-best single season mark in NCAA history.

The midfielder earned All-ACC and ACC All-Tournament team honors this season, while she is also a top-five finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. A two-time All-South Region first-team honoree, Kalkstein was a team captain and was voted MVP by her teammates this year. She garnered two ACC Player of the Week accolades early in the season (3/1 and 3/22) and was named the national player of the week by Nike/Inside Lacrosse on March 2 and by on March 1.

A Baltimore, Md., native, Kalkstein started every game throughout her career and contributed at least one point in her final 21 games. She was held scoreless only eight times throughout her 80 games – four of which came when she was a defender.

A 2009 All-American and the 2007 consensus National Rookie of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and honoree on the national All-Rookie Squad, Kalkstein finished her career atop Virginia’s career draw controls records, sitting eighth at UVa in career goals (135) and tied for 10th in career points (184).

Now in its 34th year, the Collegiate Women Sports Award program recognizes annually the top woman collegiate athlete in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, each of whom receives the Honda Sports Award. In addition, each year, a single athlete from the group of 12 Honda Sports Award winners is chosen as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and is presented with the Honda-Broderick Cup.

Kalkstein becomes the third Cavalier to be honored as a finalist for the women’s lacrosse Honda Sports Award. Former Cavalier All-Americans Lauren Aumiller (2002-03) and Amy Appelt, (2003-04, 2004-05) were both nominees, while Appelt won the award in 2003-04. Former basketball standout and All-American guard Dawn Staley is Virginia’s lone Honda-Broderick Cup winner, earning the honor in 1990-91.

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