Mar. 17, 1997

Virginia's Patton Named ACC Player of the Week

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- Virginia senior captain Heather Patton (West Chester, Pa./W. C. Henderson) was named the first-ever ACC player of the week in women's lacrosse. This is the first year that the conference has sponsored women's lacrosse.

Virginia's second leading scorer (10g, 1a), Patton has two four-goal games, including one against tenth-ranked Old Dominion. She also helped the Cavaliers defeat two nationally-ranked foes, #6 Georgetown and #7 Princeton as she scored once in each game. Patton scored the game-winner for the second year in a row against the Tigers. Her tally with nine seconds remaining in the first half was the back-breaker for the Tigers as Virginia improved its home winning streak to 15. Patton also has a team-high 18 ground balls for the Cavaliers who are 4-0. Patton's 10 goals ties her for the team lead.

Virginia returns to action this Wednesday, March 19, as they host the top-ranked Terrapins of Maryland. Maryland, the two-time defending national champion, has not lost a regular-season game since March 23, 1993 when the Cavaliers defeated them 11-9 in Charlottesville.