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April 19, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s lacrosse sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park, Md.) was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

Vander Kolk had 10 saves against 28 shots to hold No. 5 Louisville to nine goals in the 10-9 victory. She had six of her 10 saves in the first half to limit the Cardinals to just three goals as UVA took an 8-3 lead. As Louisville cut the lead to 10-9 with four minutes remaining, the Cardinals had one final chance to score with 11 seconds remaining, but Vander Kolk had her 10th save of the game to secure the win. She also had two ground balls and a caused turnover in the game.

It is the third time this year Vander Kolk has earned the defensive weekly honor and fourth of her career.

Virginia will return to action on Wednesday at No. 1 Maryland. The game is slated to begin at 8 p.m. and will be streamed on the Big Ten Network.

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