Virginia Women's Lacrosse To Retire Robyn Nye Wood's Number
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s lacrosse program will retire the No. 24, worn by former Cavalier Robyn Nye Wood, during a halftime ceremony at UVa’s home contest vs. Syracuse on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Klöckner Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at noon.
Nye played for UVa from 1988-91 and was a member of the 1991 NCAA Champion squad. That season she was named the National Defensive Player of the Year, an All-American, the team’s Most Valuable Player and a member of the NCAA All-Tournament team in addition to serving as the Cavaliers’ team captain. Nye’s first All-America nod came in 1990. In addition, Nye made the ACC Academic Honor Roll all four of her years at UVa.
She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1990-97 and competed with that team in Wales, Australia, and England, culminating with a World Cup Championship in 1997.
In 2003, Nye was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Lacrosse Team.
“As a teammate of Robyn’s at Virginia, I know she pushed us all to be better,” Virginia head coach Julie Myers said. “She worked hard, excelled in her academics and athletics and loved taking on challenges when the pressure was at its highest. Robyn set the tone off the field and bailed us out time and again by making huge defensive plays and transition runs. No doubt, she helped us win our program’s first national title. Now as the coach of the program, I continue to benefit from Robyn and all she did to help set the highest standard for all of our teams. Winning has become a tradition of Virginia lacrosse and I give a lot of credit to Robyn, and Cherie Greer, Jane Miller and Julie Dayton for helping our team play and win at the highest level.”
Nye joins No. 18 Cherie Greer and No. 1 Yeardley Love (in memorial) as Virginia women’s lacrosse players to have their numbers retired.
Current senior Julie Gardner wears No. 24 so it will be retired at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
“The retirement of Robyn’s number is a fitting honor earned by one of the most decorated players in our program history,” said Jane Miller, Virginia’s Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Programs. “You always got Robyn’s best whether it was at practice, during games or as a team leader. She was the type of player you could count on to make a big play at a critical time while her passion for the game and for her team was one of the reasons the Virginia team was so successful during her time as a Cavalier. I look forward to taking part in her number retirement and her induction into the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame.”
The number retirement ceremony will take place in conjunction with Nye being inducted into the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012. That induction celebration is on Saturday (Feb. 25) in Charlottesville.