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Men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia announces that midfielder Will Barrow, attackman Ben Rubeor and longstick midfielder Mike Timms have been selected team captains for the 2008 season.

Barrow, a senior from Baldwin, N.Y., has been a stellar defensive midfielder throughout his career. Last season he helped the nation’s 15th-ranked defense hold the opposition to an average of 8.0 goals per game. He finished with 16 ground balls and scored three goals.

Rubeor, a senior from Towson, Md., is one of the top players in the country. He had a standout campaign last spring and earned first-team All-American honors after scoring 46 goals and recording 68 points. The 46 goals rank fourth in school history, while the 68 points are ninth. An English major, he was also named a third-team Academic All-America for his performance in the classroom

Timms, a redshirt junior from Virginia Beach, Va., has used his long frame (he’s 6-5) and athleticism to make life difficult for opposing midfielders throughout his career. He earned honorable mention All-American recognition last season for the first time in his career. He ranked fourth in the countrytops among LSMswith 28 caused turnovers and fifth among LSMs with 56 ground balls.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the selection of fourth years Will Barrow, Ben Rubeor and Mike Timms as our captains for the 2008 lacrosse season,” said Starsia. “Will has been one of the leading short stick defensive midfielders in the country throughout his career and he is poised to expand that role in the coming year. He is, presently, playing his best lacrosse.

“Ben returns as a captain for the second year and his selection simply reflects his role in the Virginia program since his arrival on Grounds. Being a 2007 Tewaaraton finalist and the recipient of the Gray-Carrington Scholarship speaks to the balance in Ben’s life and his consistent influence on his peers.

“Mike has emerged as one of the quiet leaders in our program. He is also one of the very best longstick midfielders in the game.

“It is the players themselves who make the most critical decisions about the direction of the team. We now have three captains who will be the finest stewards for the development of this 2008 group.”

The Cavaliers face Navy in their first fall scrimmage this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Va. All proceeds from the contest will go to the Semper Fi Fund, a charity dedicated to helping injured Marines and their families. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for military and students.

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