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Dec. 1, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Freshman midfielder Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was named to the 2014 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American First Team, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

“Tara’s dominance was reflected in the national and ACC statistics from the start of the season to the end,” said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. “She broke UVa’s single- season record for assists by a freshman. She is a total team player and has a very promising career ahead of her.”

Vittese, an All-ACC first team honoree, ended the regular season leading the ACC in points (51), points per game (2.68), goals (17), shots (80) and shots per game (4.21) as well as being tied for first in assists (17) and ranking second in goals per game (0.89) and assists per game (0.89). Nationally, Vittese ranks in the top-12 in points per game (4th), assists per game (6th) and goals per game (11th).

Vittese joins Meredith Thorpe (1995) as the only Virginia freshmen to earn First-Team All-American honors. This is the 17th time in program history and the third-consecutive year that a Cavalier was named to the first team. Last season, Elly Buckley was named to the first team. In 2012, Paige Selenski and Vittese’s older sister, Michele Vittese, earned first-team honors.

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