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  Photo copyright (c) 2006 Tom McCrystal’s National Player of the Week Kate Breslin (20) takes on Morgan Russell (5) and the North Carolinia defense, Saturday, May 13, 2007. (Click for a larger image, 91K) Breslin was a dominating force in the 14-8 win, with 5 goals (3 unassisted), 2 assists, and 4 draw controls.



Virginia’s Kate Breslin was named the National Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, this time by, for her efforts in the NCAA quarterfinal game against North Carolina as UVa defeated UNC 14-8. Last week Breslin earned the same honor from Her teammate Ashley McCulloch was named to the national honor roll by as well.

Breslin had four draw controls and added five goals and two assists as the Cavaliers leapt out to a 5-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes and held a 7-1 lead at the break. She has now scored 11 goals and had five assists in two tournament games; she has also recorded six draw controls. Her 16 points ranks 11th all-time in NCAA history for scoring in a tournament.

McCulloch notched three goals, three assists, and four draw controls in the game. After UNC scored four consecutive goals to pull within 10-6 in the second half, McCulloch assisted on three of Virginia’s next four goals to push the margin back to eight at 14-10.

The third-seeded Cavaliers (18-3) will face second-seeded Duke (16-3) in the NCAA semifinals on Friday, May 25 at 8:15 on Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa.