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Jan. 15, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 1991 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will be honored on National Girls and Women in Sports Day when the Cavalier women’s basketball team hosts Pitt on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Athletics Department and Women’s Center.

The theme of this year’s event is “Teammates for Life: Celebrating Champions 25 Years Later.”

The 1991 Virginia women’s lacrosse team made history by winning the first of the program’s three NCAA championships. The Cavaliers, who were coached by current UVA athletics administrator Jane Miller, finished with a 17-1 record that season, the most wins in school history and with what is still the program’s best single season winning percentage.

UVA defeated five ranked opponents in the regular season, with its only loss coming against No. 3 Penn State. The Cavaliers avenged that loss in the national semifinals, defeating the Nittany Lions 10-5. UVA then downed Maryland 8-6 to claim the NCAA championship.

Virginia, led by IWLCA Coach of the Year Jane Miller and Defensive Player of the Year Robyn Nye, had four players earn All-America honors that season.

In addition to a halftime ceremony honoring the 1991 lacrosse team, National Girls and Women in Sports Day will also feature a pregame sports festival held in the east end, upper-level concourse of John Paul Jones Arena. The festival will include six sports stations for youth to visit, including basketball, football, golf, rowing, softball and volleyball. The festival will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Youth completing all six stations will receive a complimentary t-shirt. Admission to the festival is free with a game ticket.

There will also be activities for youth set-up in the main lobby of the arena starting at 11:30 a.m., including a photo booth, a sign-making station, face painting, a balloon artist, and inflatable games.

Recent honorees at Virginia’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration include Megan O’Leary (former two-sport student-athlete and current member of USRowing Board of Directors), two-time volleyball MVP and philanthropist Amy (Mitchell) Griffin, Olympic-gold-medal swimmer Lauren Perdue, Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese (members of the Cavalier field hockey team and gold-medal winners at the 2011 Pan Am games with USA Field Hockey), Natalie Randolph (former UVA track standout and varsity football coach at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C.) and Lindsay Shoop (former UVA rower and Olympic gold medalist).

Single-game ticket prices for all home games for women’s basketball are $10 for Reserved seating, $8 for adult General Admission and $6 for youth (18 & under), senior (60 & over) and UVA faculty/staff General Admission. Fans may purchase home game tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office online at, by phone and in person. The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

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