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Nov. 23, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsiahas announced that seven student-athletes have signed national letters ofintent to attend UVa and play lacrosse for the Cavaliers. Thestudent-athletes will enroll at Virginia for the 2000-01 academic year.

The recruits are: midfielder Andrew Agoliati (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./LoomisChaffee School), midfielder Jon Focht (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington),defenseman Zach Heffner (Averill Park, N.Y./Albany Academy), defensemanBrett Hughes (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), goalie Tillman Johnson(Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s), midfielder Ted Lamade (Chevy Chase, Md./LandonSchool) and attack Justin Mullen (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s).

Agoliati is a 5-11, 175-pound defensive midfielder from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.He won the Nels Corey Award as the outstanding defenseman in Western NewEngland and was a high school All-American last season. In addition, healso plays soccer.

Focht is a 5-11, 180-pound midfielder from Columbus, Ohio. He was selectedfirst-team All-Midwest in 1999 and is also the starting tailback on theUpper Arlington H.S. football team this fall.

Heffner is a 6-1, 190-pound defenseman from Averill Park, N.Y. He is athree-time selection to the Empire team from the Adirondack region. He alsoplays soccer and runs indoor track where he holds school records at 50, 100and 300 yards.

Hughes is a 6-2, 205-pound defenseman from Upper Arlington, Ohio. He is thestarting middle linebacker on Upper Arlington’s championship football teamand was recently selected as the Central Ohio Defensive Player of the year.He and Focht join Mark Koontz, an Upper Arlington grad, who is currently asophomore defenseman at UVa. Koontz and Hughes are expected to develop intoa formidable defensive duo according to Starsia.

Johnson is a 6-1, 190-pound goalie from Annapolis, Md. He had anoutstanding summer where he was selected as both a 205 and Bay StateAll-Star. Johnson was also a starting defensive end on the football team.

Lamade is a 5-10, 175-pound midfielder from Chevy Chase, Md. He wasselected first team All-Metro D.C. following his junior season and was alsoa 205 and Bay State All-Star. He is also the starting quarterback onLandon’s championship football squad.

Mullen is a 5-10, 170-pound attackman from Annapolis, Md. He is also a 205and Bay State All-Star who would have been a starting defensive back on theSt. Mary’s football team had he not suffered an ACL injury during those BayState practices. He expects to be at full-speed for the start of thelacrosse season in the spring. His brother, Jamison, is a junior midfielderat UVa, while his father, Ed, was an outstanding attackman at Maryland.

“I understand that the wishful thinking of college coaches often results inour overstating the virtues of our incoming student-athletes,” said Starsiain making the announcement. “However, this is a group of excellent studentsand lacrosse players with truly exceptional athletic potential. Two orthree of our program’s fastest players will come from this list and ourfuture remains in good hands. Cavalier fans will enjoy getting to knowthese young men.”

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