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8 A.J. Shannon
A.J.  Shannon


Whitby, Ontario

High School:
Henry Street

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 213


WORTH NOTING: One of the team?s strongest players ? powerful offensive threat ? a sophisticated shooter, with the hardest shot, a lethal combination ? preseason third-team All-American by Face Off Yearbook ??team captain this season ? led the team?s midfielders in goals and points with career highs in both categories last season ? 56 career goals are third among active ACC players and his 77 career points are tied for fifth.

AT VIRGINIA: 2002?Flourished in a move from attack to midfield and was named honorable mention All-American ? led the team?s middies in points and goals while playing on the first unit ? recorded career highs in every offensive category ? tallied 25 goals and added 10 assists ? sixth in the ACC in goals (1.67 gpg) and 11th in scoring (2.33 ppg) ??25 goals tied for the most by an ACC middie ? led the team in goals twice and was second on the squad with 10 multi-goal performances ? very consistent scorer ? scored a goal in every game except against Penn State ??scored two goals nine times, one goal four times and three goals once ? scored two goals and had an assist against both Drexel and Syracuse ??two goals, two assists in 13-11 win over Princeton ? led the team with two goals and two assists in a road win over Towson ? two goals vs. top-ranked Johns Hopkins and two goals and an assist against Maryland ? scored a season-high three goals as Virginia clinched the ACC regular season title with a win over Duke ? had two goals and an assist in both games of the ACC Tournament against North Carolina and Duke and was named to the all-tournament team ? failed to score against Penn State for the only time this season, but came back with two goals and an assist against Butler in the final home game ??added single goals against Cornell and Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament. 2001?Opened the season on attack but began to see time in the midfield late in the season ...?played in all 14 games with 11 starts (all on attack) ... tied for third on team in goals (15) and fifth in points (18) ... was inconsistent in terms of scoring throughout the season ... one goal and two assists in opener vs. Towson ... then didn?t score against either Syracuse or Princeton ... three goals against Notre Dame and two vs. Denver ... tallied once in wins over Johns Hopkins and Maryland ... scored a career-high four goals and added an assist against Radford ... didn?t score in loss to North Carolina ...?moved to midfield for Duke and Maryland but didn?t score ... played attack vs. Ohio State and scored twice ... split time between attack and midfield in NCAA playoff game vs. Hofstra and scored once ... lettered. 2000?His 16 goals led all ACC freshmen ... led ACC true freshmen with eight assists and 24 points (Maryland?s Mike Mollott led in both but he was a red-shirt frosh) ... ran on the first midfield unit with Jason Hard and Jay Jalbert ... also saw some time on the second attack ... typically scored his goals in pairs ... scored twice (no more, no less) in seven of the nine games in which he scored ... opened with a two-goal effort against Syracuse ... followed that with two goals and an assist vs. Rutgers ... season-high four points (2g, 2a) vs. Stony Brook ... didn?t score at all against Maryland in the regular season, but then scored twice in the next four games against ACC foes, including each game of the ACC Tournament ... added a goal and an assist vs. Princeton in the NCAA playoffs ... lettered.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterman in lacrosse ... led high school team to two Ontario championships ... was two-time MVP in finals ... team MVP three times ... Honor Roll student ... 1999 Canadian Under-19 squad ... was the leading scorer in the U-19 tournament with 29 goals and six assists ... MVP in Minto Cup games with U-17 team, Whitby Warriors ... two-time Minto Cup Canadian champions.

PERSONAL: Son of Maggie and Niel Shannon ... born 6-8-80 in Whitby, Ontario ... history major.


Year Games G.Balls Shots Goals Assists Pts Pen
2000 15 14 53 16 8 24 1-1:00
2001 14 35 65 15 3 18 0
2002 15 21 81 25 10 35 1-1:00
2003 17 22 122 34 8 42 1-1:00
Career 61 92 321 90 29 119 3-3:00


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