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Soccer-David-Heller

Athletics seems to be in David Heller’s genes. The UMW senior joked that he started playing soccer “probably right about when I could start walking.” Heller’s mother starred in volleyball; his father ran track and played football and basketball. His brother plays lacrosse, and his sister plays field hockey. Beginning young in a family of athletes helped secure Heller a frequent starting defensive position as a UMW freshman. Last spring, as a junior, he earned the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award, a title traditionally reserved for a senior. Heller is only the second junior to have received the honor since UMW established it in 1990. The award recognizes varsity upperclassmen who excel academically and athletically. To earn the honor, student athletes must keep a minimum Star Defender Here to Learn 3.3 cumulative grade-point average and contribute greatly to the success of their teams. Heller’s soccer coach, Jason Kilby, said Heller won the award because of his strong … [Read more...]

Lacrosse Coach Sticks Close to Home

Lacrosse coach Caitlin Erickson Moore '08 (right) on the sidelines with assistant coach Lizzie Wright. Photo by Norm Shafer.

Caitlin Erickson Moore ’08, MBA ’12 is back on campus. Moore, a lacrosse player who received All-America status her senior year at the University of Mary Washington, signed on this summer as head women’s lacrosse coach. She already had made a name for herself at UMW, both on and off the field. When she graduated in 2008, Moore was Mary Washington’s career points leader (303) and its record-holder for points and assists both in a single season and in a single game, breaking the NCAA Division III points-per-game record with 7.94. She was a two-time All-CAC and All-Region selection and helped UMW to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in business, Moore spent two seasons on the flip side of UMW women’s lacrosse. As Eagles assistant coach, she led teams to NCAA appearances in 2009 and 2010. “We are very pleased to welcome Caitlin Moore home to Mary Washington,” said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. He praised her performance in … [Read more...]