Men's Lacrosse Awards Presented At Championship Banquet
Jan. 24, 2000
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – All-American Tucker Radebaugh was named the UVa men’slacrosse team’s most valuable player at a banquet honoring the 1999 NCAAnational champions this weekend in Charlottesville.
Radebaugh received the Dr. Allen Voshell Award for leading the Cavaliers totheir first national championship in 27 years. Radebaugh completed astellar career by leading the team with 42 goals and 31 assists last springas Virginia tied a school record with 13 wins en route to the title.Currently as assistant coach on Dom Starsia’s staff at UVa, Radebaugh alsoreceived the Henry Gaver Award for leadership, spirit and service.
Jay Jalbert, the national midfielder of the year, received the award asVirginia’s offensive MVP. Jalbert, a rising senior this season, wasdominant in the midfield in 1999 with 31 goals.
Defenseman Ryan Curtis and long-stick middie Peter Ragosa shared the team’sdefensive MVP. Curtis was named the national defenseman of the year forshutting down some of the game’s top offensive threats. Ragosa, one of thenation’s most underrated players, was third on the team in ground balls(70) and was instrumental in the Cavaliers’ drive to the championship.
Henry Oakey, who overcame a severe knee injury in 1997, received the TomRixey Award for spirit and inspiration. He returned for a fifth year in ’99and contributed solid midfield play throughout the season, scoring 14 goals.
Midfielder Josh Bradstreet won the Lawrie Riggs Award for committment andcitizenship. Bradstreet, who graduated in May, was faced with the dualcommittment of playing lacrosse and serving in the ROTC program at UVa.
Midfielder Richard Reid was awarded the Doyle Smith Award for compiling thehighest GPA on the team. An economics major, Reid has been named to theAtlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll for the last three seasonsfor his athletic and academic performance.
Defenseman Court Weisleder was named the team’s most improved player.Inserted into the starting line-up midway through the season, he providedoutstanding play in the NCAA Tournament and was named to the All-Tournamentteam.
The first “Class of ’99 Unsung Hero Award” was presented to the 1999seniors in recognition of the sacrifices made by them throughout the seasonthat proved vital in claiming the national championship. Last year’sseniors include: David Baruch, Bradstreet, David Bruce, Jay Davenport, DougDavies, Matt D’Urso, Jamie Leachman, Michael Leahy, Mark Murphy, Oakey,Radebaugh, Weisleder and Hannon Wright.
The banquet, which saw every member of last season’s team in attendance,was held Saturday at the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. More than 200 familymembers, friends, and supporters of the UVa lacrosse program attended torelive the championship season. The 1999 team members were presented withNCAA championship rings and plaques in recognition of their achievementsduring the season. Head coach Dom Starsia also introduced this season’snewcomers at the banquet.