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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – US Lacrosse announced that former Virginia All-American Michael Watson is one 12 men’s finalists on the 2012 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame ballot. From these ballots, the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame men’s voting committee will select the 2012 induction class. US Lacrosse will announce the inductees prior to Memorial Day weekend.

Watson, a Towson, Md., native was a four-year letterwinner at Virginia (1994-97) and earned USILA first-team All-America honors in 1996 and 1997. Watson was a second-team selection in 1995. Watson was the winner of the 1996 Turnbull Award, given by the USILA to its Attackman of the Year. Watson was an All-ACC selection all four seasons and the league’s player of the year in 1997. Named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1996 NCAA Tournament, Watson concluded his career No. 2 all-time at UVa in goals scored with 142.

Virginia owns 10 inductees in the Hall of Fame. UVa head coach Dom Starsia was the last inductee from UVa, included in the 2008 class.

Initiated in 1957, the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame has annually inducted individuals based on outstanding lacrosse achievements and/or contributions. The mission of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame is to honor men and women, past and present, who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of the sport of lacrosse to our way of life. The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame is housed in the Lacrosse Museum at the US Lacrosse national headquarters in Baltimore, Md.

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