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Men's lacrosse player charged with murder of female player at University of Virginia

May 3, 2010 | 11:52 am

A University of Virginia men's lacrosse player was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of a women's lacrosse player at the school, according to a news release by Charlottesville police.

George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, Md., is being held in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail after being charged in the death of Yeardley Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Md. Witnesses told police Huguely and Love were in a relationship.

Officials said police responded to a call about a possible alcohol overdose at an off-campus apartment about 2:15 a.m. The cause of death has not been determined, but officials said there were signs of physical trauma.

Love played defense and started in three games for the Cavaliers this season and nine last season. Huguely, a midfielder, was not a starter but played in all 15 games this season for the Cavaliers, who have been ranked No. 1 for most of this season.

No coaches, administrators or players were available for comment, but the university released a statement:

"Although we know nothing other than what appears in the Charlottesville Police Department's more recent statement, 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, team-mates, and friends.

"That she appears now to have been murdered by another student compounds this sense of loss by suggesting that Yeardley died without comfort or consolation from those closest to her."

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photos: Yeardley Love and George Huguely. Credit: Associated Press.