The summer recruiting circuit of 2017 is up and running! Kip, Sean and I have
been standing on sidelines of lacrosse fields from Massachusetts to Virginia,
assessing and evaluating prospects of the high school graduation classes of
2018 and 2019. The new recruiting legislation has certainly had an impact, as
we are witnessing much less attention being given to the 2020 (rising
sophomores) and younger classes by most college lacrosse programs. Our staff
will be here in Charlottesville this week, as we are hosting the Virginia
Lacrosse Camp from Monday to Thursday. We have approximately 150 middle school
and high school aged boys coming to Grounds to learn and to play the game. Our
staff is very fortunate to have Director of Operations Peter Krawczyk doing all
of the logistical work and taking care of the minutia! Several of our UVa
lacrosse players will be assisting us with the camp as well.
We have positive news to provide concerning the academic progress of our team.
The program crossed the 3.0 threshold this Spring term, earning a 3.045 GPA.
This is the highest term GPA in 5 years. Overall for the year, the GPA was a
2.998. We have more to accomplish in the classroom, but I am excited to
witness this forward step. Approximately 10 of our men will be on Grounds this
summer for one of the three academic sessions, either catching up with
requirements or getting ahead. Several men are in Valencia, Spain, enjoying a
fantastic cultural experience for one month and earning 6 credits towards their
foreign language obligations. Congratulations to our captain Tanner Scales, as
he was named a USILA Scholar All-American. And returning 4th year and current
president of Student-Athletes Committed to Honor Chase Campbell ’18 won the
prestigious T. Rodney Crowley Scholarship!
Accolades for our play on the field have been announced since the season ended.
Zed Williams ‘17, Ryan Conrad ‘19 and Michael Kraus ‘20 were named to
the All-ACC team, with Kraus also earning the ACC Rookie of the Year award.
These 3 men along with Dox Aitken ‘20 achieved All-American status in 2017,
with Conrad being placed on the 3rd team. Joe French ’17 scored 4 goals for
the South in the annual North – South senior game, held at Providence
College. Zed, Joe and Tanner were selected in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse
draft. Zed has already made an impact at the professional level, scoring the
overtime game-winner in his first game with the Rochester Rattlers.
Great news of recognition comes from outside of the current team as well! As
most of you probably already know, Doug Knight ’97 has earned the greatest
honor an American lacrosse player or coach can receive. Doug will be inducted
into the US National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Saturday, September 23rd at the
Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, MD. It is wonderful that Doug’s unique playing
style and his contributions to the game as a whole and specifically to UVa have
been recognized at the highest of levels. More information will be coming out
about this event that is only three months away!