Dom the Bomb (I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who calls him that) Starsia announced the team's award winners for the 2009 season, a team that finished 15-3 and fell in the NCAA semis to Cornell, a school I have never liked for no particular reason whatsoever.
To no one's surprise, Attackman Danny Glading was named the Dr. Allen Voshell Award recipient as the team's most valuable player, as well as the recipient Doyle Smith Award for having the team's highest GPA. FromVirginiaSports.com:
The 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the year graduated in May with a degree in economics and compiled a 3.7 GPA during the academic year. One of the outstanding attackmen in school history, Glading was a first-team All-American and was named All-ACC for the third year in a row in 2009. He led Virginia with 63 total points and ranked 11th nationally in scoring. He also led the team with 31 assists and was third with 32 goals. Glading finished his career ranked in the top 10 in UVa history in goals (seventh), assists (tied for fifth) and points (tied for fifth). He finished his career with 119 goals and 104 assists to become only the sixth player in ACC history to reach 100 goals and 100 assists in a career.
Other recipients (I'm really doing them a disservice by just making a chart here):
|Shamal Bratton||Offensive MVP||All-ACC performer; 31 goals and 11 assists; only ACC player to earn player of the week honors more than once this season.|
|Mike Timms||Defensive MVP||Second season as D-MVP; snared 60 ground balls, caused 31 TOs; Honorable All-America mention|
|John Haldy||Most Improved Player||Appeared in only 5 games in 2008; in 2009, appeared in all 18 games off the bench, leading all non-starters with 11 goals
|Joe Dewey||Lawrie Riggs Award for commitment and citizenship||After his sixth concussion last fall, Dewey stepped away from the game competitively and assisted the squad as a practice player during the 2009 season.|
|Max Pomper||Tom Rixey Award for spirit and inspiration||A team captain, two goals and an assist in 18 games; Priceless motivation.|
|Mark Wade||Class of '99 Unsung Hero Award||One of the hardest workers on the team, he appeared in 10 games, starting one in the net for the Cavaliers, picking up the victory at VMI.|
Congratulations to all these fine players!
And you can watch your Lax Hoos take the field TONIGHT at 7:00 pm on the Turf Field behind U-Hall in the Fall scrimmage opener vs. Hampden-Sydney. UVa will be primarily using the 2010 roster’s younger players. UVa’s veterans will make their debut on Sunday, when the Cavaliers travel to Annapolis to face Navy and Team USA in a doubleheader. Admission tonight is free!