Va. lacrosse player held in killing

May 3, 2010 at 3:13 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 3 (UPI) -- A member of the top-ranked Virginia men's lacrosse team has been charged with murder in the death of a member of the school's women's lacrosse team.

George Huguely, 22 of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged with first-degree murder and jailed in Charlottesville, Va.

He was arrested after the body of Yeardley Love, 22 of Cockeysville, Md., was found early Monday at an off-campus apartment. Police her body showed signs of physical trauma, although a determination of the cause of death was pending an autopsy.

Investigators said they were told Huguely and Love, both seniors, had a previous relationship.

The university issued a statement, saying in part, "this death moves us to deep anguish for the loss of a student of uncommon talent and promise and we express the university's and our own sympathy for Yeardley's family, teammates, and friends."

Huguely, a midfielder, had appeared in all of Virginia's 15 games this season, scoring four goals and assisting on three others. The Cavaliers men's team is 14-1 this season.

Love, a defender, had played in 15 of her team's 18 games, starting three.

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