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Feb. 16, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s lacrosse sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park, Md.) earned Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her performance in the win over Northwestern Saturday (Feb. 13), the league announced Tuesday.

Vander Kolk recorded 12 saves and tallied a career-high five ground balls in 60 minutes to help lead UVA top Northwestern, 10-8, and earn its first win over the Wildcats since 2004. The Cavalier defense allowed just eight goals on 28 shots by the Wildcats.

After Northwestern cut UVA’s lead to two, Vander Kolk had one her of 12 saves with four minutes remaining and helped hold the Wildcats scoreless for the remainder of the contest. It is the second ACC Defensive Player of the Week honor for her career.

Virginia remains on the road this week as it travels to Princeton for a 12 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 20 before hosting Richmond in its home opener next Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.

Single-game reserved seats are available for all women’s home games for $7. Single-game general admission adult tickets for women’s home games are $5, while youth (18 and under), seniors (60 and over), and UVa faculty and staff tickets are $4 each.

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