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May 29, 1997

Virginia Players Earn USILA All American Honors

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Season-ending men's lacrosse honors were announced this week, and Virginia fared very well. Seven Virginia players made the various All American teams, for the second straight year.

Attackman DOUG KNIGHT, a fourth-year player from Katonah, NY, and Westminster School, became the leading goal scorer(165) and points scorer(165+84=249) in a career at UVA. He finished second in ACC history in goals scored and became the the third-leading point scorer. This year, he led the ACC in points per game and assists per game.

He was named to the USILA's first All American team, for the second year in a row. He was chosen to the second team in 1995. He scored 39+33=72 this season.

Attackman MICHAEL WATSON, a fourth-year Cavalier, received first-team All American honors also for the second straight year. The St. Paul's graduate from Towson, MD, was a third-team AA choice in 1994, and a second-team choice in 1995. He scored 32+30=62 this year. His career figures(142+98=240) put him second in goals, sixth in assists, and third in points at UVa.

Fourth-year midfielder DAVID CURRY also received first team honors, moving up from the Honorable Mention team in 1996(33+6=39; 63+17=80 in his two years at UVa). Curry, who transferred from Gettysburg(he was a first team, Division III All American in 1995), hails from New Canaan HS and New Canaan, CT.

Third-year midfielder DAVID WREN is from Sudbury, MA (Lincoln-Sudbury HS) and won second team honors(his first All American recognition). He scored 26+6=32(45+13=58 career) in 1997.

Defender TOMMY SMITH, a fourth-year Cavalier who comes from Fayetteville-Manlius HS and Manlius, NY, made third -team All American honors(he was a first team choice in 1996 and a third-team choice in 1995).

Other Cavaliers earning All American honors are Honorable Mention midfield choices TUCKER RADEBAUGH and DREW MELCHIONNI. Radebaugh is a second-year middie from St. Paul's School and Glen Arm, MD, and his 1997 figures are 24+11=35(career, 34+18=52). Melchionni is a third-year Cavalier from Garden City HS and Garden City, NY, and he was an Honorable Mention choice in 1996. He scored 12+7=19 this year(career, 30+17=47), although he is primarily known for his defensive skills.

Seven AA choices is UVa's second-best showing ever(tie).

UVa ended its season in the NCAA quarterfinals with an 11-3 mark. Eight Cavaliers depart(Knight 165+84=249, Watson 142+98=240, Curry 63+17=80, middie Kurt Mueller 24+5=29, middie Brian Birch 5+2=7, middie Ben Johnson 16+8=24, defender Darren Mahoney, and Smith). This group had a 48-14 mark, better than any previous class. The '97 graduates played for the NCAA title twice and made it to the semifinals three times in a row.

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