CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-Virginia head men's lacrosse coach Dom Starsia announced that goalie Adam Ghitelman, midfielder John Haldy, long stick midfielder Bray Malphrus and attackman Steele Stanwick have been selected as team captains for the 2011 campaign.
"I am very pleased to announce our captains for the 2010-2011 academic year," said Starsia. "The influence from within cannot be overstated with regards to the development of a team and these young men are the strongest positive role models."
Ghitelman, a senior from Syosset, N.Y., brings a 38-6 career record in between the pipes over 45 career starts. Voted the MVP of the ACC Tournament, Ghitelman shined with 28 saves in the tournament, including 16 against Maryland in the final, to help UVa to the ACC title. A third-team USILA All-American, Ghitelman helped spearhead the nation's No. 6 defense in 2010, saving 54.8 percent of shots against him and allowing 8.24 goals per game, while UVa finished No. 1 in the final RPI standings, including having the toughest schedule in the nation.
Haldy, a senior from Bryn Mawr, Pa., has been a viable option on the second midfield the past two seasons after switching from attack as a freshman. Haldy scored 11 goals apiece in 2009 and 2010, both tops on the UVa's second midfield. He also dished out five assists in 2010 and made 36.7 percent of his shots.
Malphrus, a senior from Chevy Chase, Md., along with Ghitelman, contributed to the nation's No. 6 defense in 2010. He was second on the squad with 24 caused turnovers, ranking No. 44 in the nation. Malphrus was also fourth on UVa's squad with 50 ground balls, a team category the Cavaliers led the nation in with 37.17 ground balls per game.
Stanwick, a junior from Baltimore, Md., helped set the table for the nation's No. 3 offense. An All-ACC and USILA second-team All-American, Stanwick contributed 29 goals and 32 assists to rank No. 23 nationally in points per game. His 32 assists ranked No. 12 nationally. Stanwick picked up 31 ground balls and made 38.2 percent of his shots.
"Genuine leadership is not limited to the selection of captains but it starts with teammates willing to stand up and distinguish themselves," said Starsia. "These four have always fit that mold and this announcement is simply a formal recognition of the work that has already started."