Six Cavaliers Earn Preseason All-America Honors from Face-Off Yearbook
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Six members of the 2011 Virginia men’s lacrosse squad have received preseason All-America accolades from Inside Lacrosse‘s Face-Off Yearbook. Only Syracuse boasts more first-team and overall All-Americans on the list than UVa. Maryland also has six named on the list, while North Carolina, Notre Dame and Stony Brook also have two players with first-team nods.
Headlining the list for the Cavaliers on the first-team are Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) at attack and Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) at midfield. Stanwick was a USILA second-team All-American in 2010, while Bratton earned his second-straight USILA first-team All-American nod.
Chris Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) was named to the third-team at attack after earning USILA Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2010 when he became the first Cavalier to score at least 50 goals in a season since Doug Knight tallied 56 in 1996. Rhamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) was also named to the third-team at midfield after he was a USILA second-team All-American in 2010.
Rounding out the list for UVa on the honorable mention team is midfielder Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) and goalie Adam Ghitelman (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.). LaPierre is the only UVa player mentioned on the Face-Off Yearbook list that didn’t earn honors from the USILA in 2010. Ghitelman was a third-team USILA All-American and MVP of the ACC Tournament in 2010.
The 2011 Face-Off Yearbook has given Virginia a preseason ranking of No. 2, trailing only Syracuse, the winners of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA titles.