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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia field hockey player Elly Buckley was one of 16 student-athletes named to the national all-rookie team. Buckley, a native of Perth, Australia, helped Virginia to the NCAA semifinals in her first season as a Cavalier.

Buckley, an All-ACC and first-team all-south region honoree, scored 19 goals and contributed a team-best 11 goals for Virginia this season. Her 11 assists are the most in program history by a freshman. She notched her first career hat trick after scoring four goals in an 8-0 victory over Radford on Oct. 24 and tallied three other multi-goal games during her rookie campaign.

Buckley is the sixth Virginia player selected to the national all-rookie team under fifth-year head coach Michele Madison. She joins Charlotte van den Broek (2009), Paige Selenski (2008), Michelle Vittese (2008), Shelly Edmonds (2007) and Traci Ragukas (2006).

2010 National All-Rookie Squad
Megan Bozek, New Hampshire
Elly Buckley, Virginia
Molly Cassidy, Michigan State
Leonie Geyer, Syracuse
Brittany Gryzwacz, Penn State
Georgia Holland, Yale
Rachael Mack, Michigan
Ali McEvoy, Maryland
Rebecca Lee, Kent State
Marta Malmberg, North Carolina
Sarah Mansfield, Connecticut
Corrine McConville, Albany
Paula Pastor-Pitarque, Ohio State*
Sandra Penas, Rider
Rymme van Dessel, Virginia Commonwealth
Jill Witmer, Maryland

*2010 National Rookie of the Year

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