Cavalier senior defender Claire Bordley was named the state Player of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), the organization announced today. Bordley is the fifth consecutive Cavalier to be named the state Player of the Year, while a pair of members of the William & Mary lacrosse program, head coach Christine Halfpenny and midfielder Grace Golden, were honored as the coach and rookie of the year, respectively. Virginia led all schools with eight players honored between the two teams, with senior Kendall McBrearty and junior Ashley McCulloch joining Bordley on the first team. Sophomore Kaitlin Duff, senior Alice Hughey, sophomore Brittany Kalkstein, senior Megan O’Malley and junior Blair Weymouth were selected to the second team.
Bordley was a consensus first-team All-American after earning the honors from womenslacrosse.com, insidelacrosse.com and the IWLCA/US Lacrosse. She joins Kate Breslin (2007), Nikki Lieb (2006) and Amy Appelt (2005, 2004) as consecutive Cavaliers to be named the state Player of the Year.
The anchor of Virginia’s defense this season, Bordley scooped up 35 ground balls and won 29 draw controls, while collecting 19 caused turnovers. Bordley shut down opponents’ top attackers and was crucial in Virginia’s transition game. She earned first-team All-South Region and All-ACC honors, in addition to being named to the ACC All-Tournament Team. The senior was voted the recipient of LaxPower’s Defender of the Year Fan Award.
McBrearty, voted the state’s top goalkeeper, wraps up her career as one of the top goalies in the nation. The senior was named to top keeper in the league and region this season and was named a second-team All-American. The two-time MVP of the ACC Tournament led the conference in GAA and save percentage all season, in addition to being ranked third and sixth in the categories, respectively. She earned All-ACC honors for the first time this year and was voted the team’s MVP and the recipient of LaxPower’s Senior Goalie of the Year Fan Award. She finishes her career among Virginia’s top keepers, ranking eighth with 331 career saves and ninth in allowing just 7.60 goals throughout her career.
McCulloch was the quarterback to the Cavaliers’ offense this season and earned first-team honors. In collecting a team-best 58 points, the junior earned second-team All-America honors and was a first-team All-South Region pick. In dishing out a team-high 34 assists, she ranked second in the conference and 18th nationally with 1.89 helpers per game. She earned All-ACC honors and was named to the ACC All-Tournament team after scoring the game-winning goal in Virginia’s 10-9 overtime victory over top-seeded Maryland, leading the Cavaliers to their third-straight conference championship.
Duff led Virginia’s transition game and was honored on the second-team. The speedy lefty was a consistent force in clearing the ball and creating fast break opportunities for the Cavaliers. The sophomore earned All-ACC honors and was one of only four second-years named to an All-South Region squad. She was the conference’s top field player in collecting loose balls and led Virginia with 40 ground balls. In addition, she won 15 draw controls and had 21 caused turnovers.
Hughey stepped up for the Cavaliers in her first year as a starting defender and earned second-team honors. She led the team in caused turnovers and was ranked nationally throughout most of the season in the category with 26. She collected 26 ground balls to rank fourth on the team and won eight draw controls.
Kalkstein, the 2007 VaSID Rookie of the Year, earned second-team honors after leading the team and ranking nationally in draw controls this season. The sophomore currently sits sixth on Virginia’s career records for draws with 117. She was named to the ACC All-Tournament team this season and was ranked third on the team in goals scored and fourth in points and assists.
O’Malley was Virginia’s top offensive midfielder and scored the game-winning goal in the Cavaliers’ 10-9 win over Duke in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, en route to All-Tournament honors. She was named the recipient of LaxPower’s Senior Attacker of the Year Fan Award. She finished the season with 25 goals and 33 points. She scooped up 18 ground balls, won 13 draw controls and caused 13 turnovers.
Weymouth rounds out Virginia’s selection to the all-state team. The junior attacker earned her third All-America distinction in three-straight seasons being honored on the IWLCA/US Lacrosse third-team. Weymouth missed a portion of the beginning of the season, but came back to rank second on the team with 35 goals and third with 46 points. After scoring five goals in her season debut to lead Virginia to a win over then-No. 4 Syracuse, Weymouth was honored as WomensLax’s Player of the Week. She later earned ACC Player of the Week honors after tallying seven points (four goals, three assists) in a win over conference-foe North Carolina.
The Cavaliers wrapped up their 2008 campaign at 14-4 and 4-1 in the league. Virginia won its third-straight ACC Championship and earned an automatic bid into its 13th-consecutive NCAA Tournament.
VaSID Women's Lacrosse University Division All-State Honors
Player of the Year: Claire Bordley, VirginiaRookie of the Year:
Grace Golden, William & MaryCoach of the Year:
Christine Halfpenny, William & MaryVaSID First Team
Megan Bartlett, George Mason, MClaire Bordley, Virginia, D
Maggie Bridges, George Mason, D
Mandy Friend, Richmond, M
Allison Furstenburg, Richmond, A
Grace Golden, William & Mary, M
Laura King, George Mason, A
Kadi McBrearty, Virginia Tech, AKendall McBrearty, Virginia, GK
Ashley McCulloch, Virginia, A
Jamie Sellers, William & Mary, M
Samantha Tract, Richmond, DVaSID Second Team
Brittany Berger, George Mason, A
Ashley Bolten, William & Mary, D
Rachel Culp, Virginia Tech, MKaitlin Duff, Virginia, M
Emily Geary, William & Mary, GK
Kim Griffin, James Madison, MAlice Hughey, Virginia, D
Brittany Kalkstein, Virginia, M
Megan O'Malley, Virginia, M
Brigid Strain, James Madison, D
Annie Wagner, James Madison, ABlair Weymouth, Virginia, A