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Owen Van Arsdale will do a live Wahoo Central chat on Wednesday, April 1 at 11 a.m.

The Wahoo Central Chat Room with UVa’s Owen Van Arsdale

Virginia men’s lacrosse attackman Owen Van Arsdale will chat live Wednesday, April 1 at 11 a.m.

The Cavaliers return to ACC action on Friday when North Carolina comes to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Submit your questions now. Questions will not appear until the chat starts. Remember the players cannot answer questions regarding the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.

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team-logo-va.gif spacer.gif Wahoo Central Moderator: Good Morning! Thank you for joining us today for the live Wahoo Central chat with Owen Van Arsdale from the men’s lacrosse team. We are going to get started.
Emily (Charlottesville): What is your favorite place to hang out at UVa?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: I like hanging out at the house where myself and some of the other seniors live. We call it the “Casa de Joel” – I also like walking, or driving my scooter around Grounds.
Ben (Fairfax Va): What was the recruiting process like and can you give some advice about it?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: When I was in high school the recruiting process started a little later than it does now. I had a good summer between my sophomore and junior years at camps and tournaments. I got some attention from different school at that time. I always knew I wanted to go to UVa, but I looked around to see if there was another place that would change my mind. I am happy I made my decision to come to UVa.
Peyton from Fredericksburg, Virginia: What were you thinking when you hit the buzzer beater against U of R?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: I was thinking it was a great look by Ryan Lukacovic. I was also glad it was halftime because we played a lot of offense.
Joel (Charlottesville): What is the greatest April fools prank you have been apart of or one of your current/former teammates has done?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: These are the days that I truly miss Chris Bocklet. This was his Christmas. One year he bought a bunch of crickets and let them loose in one of the lax houses. He was smart, he put them in every room but Steele Stanwick’s room. He knew who fed him.
Evey: What has been the greatest memory during your 5-year lacrosse career at UVa?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: My best memory was the month of May during my first year. We started playing the best lacrosse that any team I have been apart of at UVa has played. I will never forget of the Final Four that year.
Mike (New York City): Favorite Dom Starsia expression?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: When he starts talking in comic book quotes. “Tough crapola Batman.”
Chip: What’s it like playing for your dad who is on staff? When you are on the field is he more your dad or more your coach? Oh and please, BEAT UNC!
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: Its been a lot of fun being apart of the team with my dad. When we are on the field he is my coach. I kind of forget about the other parts of the relationship. I owe a lot of my success in my lacrosse career to him. He helped me develop the passion for the game and taught me how to play the right way.
Kevin Ryan: Most interesting person inside the locker?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: Nate Menninger. He has the most unique locker room personality of anyone I have met in my five years at UVa. He is a complete wild card.
Stuart: I’ve been really impressed with the play of Matt Barrett protecting the net. Can you talk about his development and play this season and what it’s like having him as the last line of defense?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: I feel he is playing at a really elite level right now. I haven’t seen a goalie yet this year that has impressed me as much as him. He gives our team a lot of confidence knowing that he is the last line of defense. He has done a good job of taking leadership of a young defense.
Billy (Boston): With only two more games left in your career at Klöckner, I’m curious what your favorite memory is of playing here in C’ville?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: Its hard to think of a better experience at Klöckner than coming back to beat Bucknell in overtime of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Drexel game earlier this year is also something I will never forget. We came out after halftime to nearly a half a foot of snow on the ground.
Ryan (Austin, TX): First off, OVA you are my favorite player on the team. You Rock! What’s your favorite part about going to UVA outside of lacrosse?! Beat UNC!
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: I like how friendly most of the students and employees at this school are. What I am going to miss the most when I leave is the relationships I have built.
Julie: What are you most looking forward to your role with the Harlem Lacrosse League after graduation?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: I look forward to being a role model for young lacrosse players, and trying to help them develop personally and as athletes. I also look forward to helping spread the game of lacrosse to a community that traditionally didn’t have the opportunities to participate in the sport.
Jane (Charlottesville): How have James and Tanner contributed to the team since their unfortunate injuries?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: They have stayed very involved in what has been going on. They seem invested in helping the young guys develop their games and helping us prepare for our opponents.
Luke: Huuuuge game Friday night! Do you get “up” a little more for the Heels?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: Any time you play at Klöckner its pretty easy to get up for a game. Our schedule week in and week out is littered with elite teams. All our opponents get our full attention and motivation.
Rick: What is lacrosse currently missing in the college game today?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: I would like to see diving in the crease allowed again. So far this year we have played teams that keep the pace of play moving, but there are always some games where I feel a shot clock would help the pace of play. The thing about a shot clock you would have to institute a two-point shot line to keep the defense honest and not pack it in.
Joanne: Congrats on making the All-ACC Academic team all 3 years. Make it a 4th! 🙂 What is your favorite course at UVa?
10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: My favorite class was Entertainment Marketing. I took it during my fourth year at UVa. We had guest lecturers from companies like the NBA and Disney. The class took business concepts and applied them to parts of our culture that I am really interested in.

Brandon (Sandy, UT): Owen,

Congrats on a great start to the season and I hope it continues. My question is what would you say are the best skills to work on for kids ages 8-14?

Thanks Owen and good luck the rest of the season.

10952715.jpeg spacer.gif Owen Van Arsdale: I think the most important skills for players of any age to work on are the fundamentals of the game. I still spend an hour before practice most days working on my overhand shot. Coach Starsia always talks about consistency. The best way to be an effective player on any team is to be reliable and have the ability to make the simple play all the time.
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Wahoo Central Moderator: That is all we have time for this morning. A huge thank you to Owen for stopping by and to all of you for the great questions.

We will see you at Klöckner Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. If you can’t make it to Charlottesville, the game will be televised live on ESPNU.

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