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Michael Culver
Michael Culver

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ridgewood, N.J.

High School:
Ridgewood

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 188

Position:
D




WORTH NOTING: Aggressive shutdown defenseman who draws the opposition's top attackman ... preseason second-team All-American by Face-Off Yearbook ... named to the ACC Honor Roll for his academic achievement and athletic participation last year ... captain of the U.S. Under-19 National Team that won the World Championship in 2003.

AT VIRGINIA: 2005--Took over as the team's stopper and had a tremendous year, earning third-team All-American honors ...one of only two defensemen named All-ACC ... shut down some of the nation's leading attackmen ... held Maryland's Joe Walters to a goal and an assist in two meetings and ended Walters' 27 game goal scoring streak ... limited North Carolina's Jed Prossner to a lone goal and held Albany's Merrick Thompson, the nation's leading goal scorer scoreless ...tied for fourth among ACC defensemen with a career-high 40 ground balls ...career-high seven ground balls led the team vs. Drexel ... assisted on Ricky Smith's goal against Princeton ... scored the first goal of his career against Mount St. Mary's ... five ground balls vs. Towson. 2004--Excelled in his first season as a starter on close defense ... started all 13 games, one of only four Cavaliers to start every game ... snared a career-high 29 ground balls, ninth among ACC defensemen ... career-high six ground balls vs. Air Force ... had three GBs vs. Denver in the next game ... had four ground balls in each game against Maryland ... assisted on Matt Ward's goal against North Carolina in the regular season. 2003--Excellent rookie season ...one of 12 ACC rookies to play in every game ...saw most of his playing time as a long stick midfielder ... 15 ground balls were fourth among ACC rookie longstickmen ... had a season-high four ground balls vs. Notre Dame ... had two ground balls vs. Towson, Penn State and Mount St. Mary's.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three letters in lacrosse ...All-American ... first-team All-State and New Jersey Player of the Year as a senior ... two-time All-Suburban and All-North New Jersey ...also won three letters in football as a linebacker and running back ... All-North New Jersey selection and All-Bergen County ... named school's "Best Athlete" as a senior.

PERSONAL: Son of Nancy and Jim Culver ... born 12-27-83 in Ridgewood, N.J. ... has an older brother, David, who ran cross country at Hamilton College, and two older sisters, Emily and Julie ... active in many local projects, including working at a camp for children with disabilities ... English major.

CULVER STATISTICALLY

Year Games G.Balls Shots Goals Assists Pts Pen
2003 17 15 0 0 0 0 2-1:30
2004 13 29 1 0 1 1 13-11:30
2005 15 40 2 1 1 2 8-7:30
Career 45 84 3 1 2 3 23-20:30