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June 30, 1997

Former Virginia Players Selected for 1998 US World Lacrosse Team

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The 1998 United States Men's World Lacrosse team will include three recent graduates of the University of Virginia. Attackman Michael Watson('97) and midfielders David Curry('97) and Greg Traynor('95) are the players chosen.

MICHAEL WATSON is 5-9, 175, attackman from St. Paul's School(MD) and Towson, MD. He was recently named first team All American(for the second straight year). He had also been named All American in 1995(second team) and in 1994(third team). He was chosen the ACC MVP this last season and as the MVP of the 1996 NCAA championship game. In 1996 he was selected the national Attackman of the Year. He was a four-time All ACC choice as well. He finished his career as UVa's third--leading scorer(142+98=240) and second goal scorer with 142. This is the first such honor for the UVa history major, as well as for the other two UVa alumni.

DAVID CURRY is a 5-9, 165, midfielder from New Canaan High School and New Canaan, CT. He transferred to the University after two years at Gettyburg, where he was an All American(first team) in 1995. This past spring he was chosen as a first team All American, and he was an Honorable Mention choice in 1996. This season he was UVa's second leading goal scorer with 33(overall, 33+6=39 in 1997, career 63+17=80 at UVa. His scoring percentages( 44.1% in 1996 and 33.8 in 1997) are unusually high for a midfielder. He is a government major.

GREG TRAYNOR is a 6-0, 185, midfielder from Conestoga High School and Wayne, PA. He played on the 1992-95 Cavalier teams and had a career total of 82+24=106 at UVa. His best scoring season was his third year(34+7=41). He was a third team All American in 1994 and again in 1995. He was psychology major.

The three Cavaliers are part of the squad which numbers 26. The team was picked earlier this month in Princeton. The Games are in July 1998 at the Johns Hopkins University campus on Homewood Field in Baltimore. The games are held quadrennially, and the US has won every title offered since 1967. The US has lost only in the finals of the 1978 games; and the US won in 1994(the most recent games, which were played in Manchester, Great Britain).

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