Kalkstein Named VaSID Player of the Year
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein has been named the State Player of the Year, as announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors’ Association (VaSID), while seven other Cavaliers have been named to the all-state teams. Seniors Kaitlin Duff and Caity Whiteley join Kalkstein and junior Liz Downs on the first team, while redshirt junior Lauren Benner and sophomores Charlie Finnigan, Bailey Fogarty and Josie Owen were honored on the second team.
Kalkstein, a Tewaaraton Trophy and Honda Sports Award finalist, is making her fourth-straight appearance on the all-state team and third on the first team. A 2010 first-team All-American, the Baltimore, Md., native broke the ACC and UVa career records for draw controls (287) and also holds Virginia’s single season record for draws (97). A two-time All-American, Kalkstein earned All-South Region, All-ACC and ACC All-Tournament team honors in 2010 and garnered two national and two ACC player of the week honors. She was also named the 2007 national, ACC and VaSID Freshman of the Year.
Downs, a 2010 third-team All-American, is making her second-straight appearance on the all-state first team. A two-time All-South Region honoree, Downs was one of the top-three defenders in the ACC this season and earned all-conference honors for her achievements, in addition to All-ACC Academic Team accolades. UVa’s top mark up defender, the Alexandria, Va., native ranked fourth on the team in ground balls (28) and third in caused turnovers (17).
Duff is garnering her fourth VaSID all-state honor. The Bethesda, Md., native is a two-time All-American, three-time All-South Region honoree and three-time All-ACC selection. The team’s top scorer, Duff finished the year with a team-best 42 goals, 23 assists and 65 points. She also led the squad with 31 caused turnovers and finished her career as the second person in program history to hit 100 in five career statistical categories (117 goals, 172 points, 174 ground balls, 110 draw controls, 127 caused turnovers).
Whiteley had a career year for the Cavaliers and is being honored on the all-state team for the first time. An All-South Region and All-ACC Academic Team honoree, Whiteley ranked fourth on the team in points (52) and third in goals (31) and assists (21). The Phoenix, Md., native had a career-best five goals at Virginia Tech and had six multiple goal games and seven multiple assist contests this year.
Benner, the Cavaliers’ goalkeeper, earned All-South Region honors after posting an overall record of 12-4 on the season, including a 5-1 record against in-state opponents. Benner went 10-2 during the regular season and finished the year ranked 16th nationally with a 9.29 goals-against average. She was ranked 38th nationally with a 44.8 save percentage and was third on the team in ground balls (37). Benner scooped up a career-high eight ground balls against No. 13 Princeton and reached double-digit saves on four occasions, including a personal-best 13 at No. 2 Northwestern. From Arnold, Md., this marks the first appearance on the all-state team for Benner.
Finnigan, Virginia’s first international player – hailing from London, England, is being honored on the all-state team for the first time. Finnigan finished the year third on the team in goals (34) and fourth in points (49). She was credited with two game-winning goals and tallied a personal-best four scores on two occasions. Finnigan also contributed eight multiple goal games and three multiple assist contests this year.
Fogarty is a scrappy defender capable of breaking up offenses and opponents transitions. The Chevy Chase, Md., native missed the NCAA Tournament due to injury, but is making her first appearance on the all-state team. She won a career-best six ground balls against No. 14 Loyola. Fogarty also had a season-best three draw controls at No. 13 Penn State. The defender finished the year with 22 ground balls, 18 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers.
Owen, from Gibson Island, Md., missed the final six games of year due to injury. Ranked third on the team in goals and points before injury, Owen finished the year ranked fifth in points (44) and sixth in goals (24). A two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, Owen had a career-best game at Virginia Tech, scoring four goals and adding five assists for nine points. She also tacked on five ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers. The attacker had eight multiple goal games and four multiple assist contests this year, and added one game-winning goal.
Virginia led all schools with eight selections to the two teams, with four on the first team and four on the second. James Madison also had four on the first team, while placing two on the second team. William & Mary had four players on the two teams, while Richmond and Virginia Tech had two selections each. George Mason and Longwood rounded out the honorees with one from each school honored on the second team.
2010 VaSID All-State Teams
Cally Chakrian, James Madison
Liz Downs, Virginia
Kaitlin Duff, Virginia
Mary Flowers, Richmond
Grace Golden, William & Mary
Kim Griffin, James Madison
Sarah Jonson, William & Mary
Brittany Kalkstein, Virginia
Morgan Kelly, James Madison
Mary Kate Lomady, James Madison
Caity Whiteley, Virginia
Mary Zulty, William & Mary
Casey Ancarrow, James Madison
Lauren Benner, Virginia
Karli Brentlinger, Longwood
Allie Emala, Virginia Tech
Bria Eulitt, Richmond
Charlie Finnigan, Virginia
Bailey Fogarty, Virginia
Chelsea Gamble, George Mason
Susan Lines, James Madison
Jessica Nonn, Virginia Tech
Josie Owen, Virginia
Molly Wannen, William & Mary