The Virginia Men’s Lacrosse team placed three players on the USILA All-American First Team and six total players were recognized as All-Americans. Jared Conners, Dox Aitken, and Ryan Conrad earned First Team honors, Michael Kraus landed on the third team, and Logan Greco and Matt Moore were named honorable mention.
NEWS: @USILA_Lax announces 2019 Division I All-Americans pic.twitter.com/nUkPB12ynd— Lax Sports Network (@LaxSportsNet) May 23, 2019
This is the first time since 2009 that Virginia has had three players earn first-team honors (Ken Clausen, Shamel Bratton, and Danny Glading), and the first year since 2014 that six Hoos have earned recognition.
Virginia is the only team with three players on the first team, followed by Duke, Loyola, and Penn State with two players apiece. Midfielder Dox Aitken is the new points and goals record holder in Virginia program history with 135 points and 107 goals and counting with another year to play. Fourth year Ryan Conrad, the do-it-all midfielder that has rebounded after missing most of last season with an ACL injury, has 14 of his 28 goals over the last four games. In addition to his recent scoring boom, Conrad has a ridiculous 83 ground balls on the season.
Long stick midfielder Jared Conners is the third first teamer for the Hoos. The third year has been clutch on the wings during face offs for Virginia, and has 48 ground balls and a team-high 26 caused turnovers on the season. In transition, Conners is a threat to score with five goals on the season, including this one against Maryland in the NCAA quarterfinals last Saturday:
Jared Conners POLE GOAL. ⚔️— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) May 18, 2019
He provides the highlight of the first half, and @UVAMensLax cuts the deficit to 6-5 heading into halftime with @TerpsMLax. pic.twitter.com/7Qmg83psww
Third year Michael Kraus made the third team for his production on attack this season with 35 goals and 32 assists. Fifth year defender Logan Greco and second year midfielder-turned-attack Matt Moore both earned a spot on the honorable mention list. Greco has been a mainstay in a Virginia defense that has improved immensely down the stretch. Moore has been arguably Virginia’s best player on attack over the course of the season and became the first Cavalier to score 40 goals and notch 40 assists in the same season. His 40th goal came in style as his tally in overtime earned the Hoos a spot in the Final Four.
Virginia faces Duke on Saturday at noon in the NCAA semifinals, hoping to win the program’s first title since 2011. The game will be broadcast by ESPN2.