CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Virginia men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia is pleased to announce the signing of nine student-athletes to national letters of intent to play lacrosse at UVa beginning with the 2009-10 academic year.
Joining the Cavaliers next fall are: Connor English (Manhasset HS, Manhasset, N.Y.), Jacob Ghitelman (Cold Spring Harbor HS, Syosset, N.Y.), Chris Landon (St. Albans School, Chevy Chase, Md.), Chris LaPierre (Shawnee HS, Medford, N.J.), Howie Long (St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Ivy, Va.), Nick O’Reilly (South Side HS, Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Harry Prevas (Gilman School, Towson, Md.), Blake Riley (Governor’s Academy, South Hamilton, Mass.), and Matt White (Ridgefield HS, Ridgefield, Conn.).
“We are very proud to announce the names of the nine young men who have signed national letters of intent,” said Starsia. “This is a group of skilled, multi-sport athletes who will be outstanding members of our University and lacrosse program. Watch for a number of these candidates to impact the program early in their undergraduate careers. This group reflects the caliber of student-athlete required to reach our annual championship goals. Fans of Virginia lacrosse will enjoy getting to know a great group of guys!”
English is a 5-foot-9, 175-pound attackman from Manhasset, N.Y. He earned high school All-America honors and was named Nassau County Co-Attackman of the Year last season after scoring 53 goals and adding 18 assists. He has played on the Long Island team in the Empire State games the last two years.
“Connor is a dynamic lefthanded attackman who will compete for playing time immediately,” Starsia commented. “He has good speed, great energy and is a relentless rider.”
Ghitelman is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound midfielder from Syosset, N.Y. The younger brother of current UVa goalie, Adam Ghitelman, he led his team to a county championship last spring after scoring five goals in the title game. Ghitelman played on the Long Island team in the Empire State games and was a football standout at Cold Spring Harbor HS. He is currently attending Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts where he plays football and lacrosse.
“Jacob is a powerful athlete who can compete at both ends of the field,” noted Starsia. “His performance in the 2008 Nassau County Championship game was stunning.”
Landon is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound defenseman from Chevy Chase, Md. He earned honorable mention Washington Post All-Met honors last spring and was an Under Armour All-Star selection. A starter for his team since his freshman season, he also plays running back and defensive back on the St. Albans’ football team.
“Chris is an aggressive, high energy defender,” Starsia said. “He really came on late in the 2008 spring and was consistently impressive throughout the summer.”
LaPierre is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound midfielder from Medford, N.J. He scored 63 goals and passed for 36 assists last spring and earned All-America honors last spring. LaPierre is also one of the top football players in South Jersey. He has rushed for more than 4000 yards in his career, including more than 1000 this season as his team is ranked No. 1 in the polls heading into the state playoffs.
“’Shocker’ will be one of the more impressive athletes overall in this incoming class,” Starsia added. “With over 4,000 career yards rushing on one of the top HS football teams in New Jersey, his decision to choose Virginia lacrosse over college football was a thoughtful one. He will be a force in our game.”
Long is a 6-foot, 195-pound defenseman from Ivy, Va. He was a high school All-American defenseman last spring and helped lead St. Anne’s-Belfield to a state championship last spring. He also was a three-year starter at quarterback on the school’s football team and led it to two state titles.
“Howie’s lacrosse performance has truly blossomed in the past year,” Starsia commented. “He is beginning to demonstrate a poise on the lacrosse field that with his accompanying natural athletic instincts holds promise for a bright college career.”
O’Reilly is a 6-foot, 180-pound attack/midfielder from Rockville Centre, N.Y. A high school All-American, he tallied 44 goals and added 52 assists last season and was named Nassau County Co-Attackman of the Year with English. He is a running back on the football team and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry as a running back.
“Nick is a polished, unselfish offensive player with the physical ability to play both midfield and attack,” Starsia noted. “He can both create for himself and find the open man.”
Prevas is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman from Towson, Md. He was named to the area All-Tewaaraton team, all-city and second-team all-state for the No. 1 team in the nation last spring.
“Harry is in the Ricky Smith mold’ for a Virginia defenseman,” Starsia commented. “He’s bigger than Ricky, but he has a similar uncanny stick and creative instinct.”
Riley is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound midfielder from South Hamilton, Mass. He was an all-league selection as a sophomore and junior while leading his team to three league championships. Riley scored more than 15 goals last season as his team compiled a perfect 17-0 record. He was a starter at cornerback on the school’s football team.
“Blake has played both midfield and attack but is likely a middie at the college level,” Starsia said. “He is quick and fast, with a real burst between the lines. He can make things happen.”
White is a 6-foot-1, 188-pound attackman from Ridgefield, Conn. He was a high school All-American and first-team all-state performer last spring after scoring 68 goals and 64 assists. White is also the starting quarterback on the Ridgefield football team and has been the all-league quarterback the last two seasons.
“Matt is a heady, poised athlete with a quarterback’s sense of responsibility and leadership,” said Starsia. “He carries himself with a quiet confidence that belies a fierce competitiveness. He will make his presence felt early in his career.”
“There may be additional announcements in the spring,” Starsia concluded. “I am confident fans of Virginia lacrosse will enjoy getting to know a great group of guys.”
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