July 17, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Lars Tiffany welcomes the Virginia men’s lacrosse class of 2021 this fall with 11 talented first-year student athletes.
“This class of UVA men’s lacrosse players is a collective multi-year effort, spanning both Dom Starsia’s staff efforts and our own,” said Tiffany. “These men appear to bring to Charlottesville enhanced speed, along with talent. We are eager to throw these men into the fray without delay this fall and to teach them the intensity and tempo that is Virginia Lacrosse. This class of men will ultimately be defined by the efforts not of each man individually, but instead collectively, as they commit to the advancement of Virginia Lacrosse.”
Joining the Cavaliers this fall are Jackson Appelt (New Canaan, Conn.), John Fox (New Canaan, Conn.), Griffin Harris (South Hamilton, Mass.), Ian Laviano (Laurel Hollow, N.Y.), Corey Millhouse (North Haven, Conn.), Matt Moore (Garnet Valley, Pa.), Hall Peters (San Francisco, Calif.), Ryan Pride (McLean, Va.), Regan Quinn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Will Rock (McLean, Va.) and Alex Rode (Timonium, Md.).
Jackson Appelt #26
Attack • 5-8 • 170
New Canaan, Conn. • New Canaan HS
HS Lacrosse Coach: Chip Buzzeo
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – Varsity captain … US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award Recipient (Northeast Region) … US Lacrosse Academic All-American … two-time first-team all-state … two-time All-FCIAC … three-time state champions (2015, 2016, 2017), four-year varsity letterman. Football – First-team All-FCIAC … second-team all-state … three-time state champions (2014, 2015, 2016) … three-year varsity letterman. Individual – CIAC 2017 Scholar-Athlete of the Year (New Canaan High School) … UVA Jefferson Scholar Regional Finalist … Harold S Kenney Scholar Athlete Award Recipient … Bradley Fetchet 9/11 Memorial Award Recipient … Wilburn Fellowship Award Recipient … President of New Canaan National Honor Society … Yale Club Junior Book Award Recipient. Overall – three letters.
Parents: Garth and Kim Appelt
Why UVA?: “The University of Virginia is one of the finest academic institutions in the country. It offers a variety of incredible opportunities to pursue one’s academic goals and aspirations. Most importantly, the leadership and sense of community that the University of Virginia fosters and inspires among their student body and alumni is unparalleled. I am very honored and humbled to be part of such a respected lacrosse tradition, and historically rich academic culture.”
John Fox #34
Midfield • 6-0 • 190
New Canaan, Conn. • Brunswick School
HS Lacrosse Coach: David Bruce
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – Under Armor Underclassmen New England Team … four-year starter … two-time captain … two-time first-team All-New England … two-time team MVP (first in school history) … 2014 New England West 1 Co-Champions … 2017 New England West 1 Champions (first in school history) … No. ranked team in the country in 2017. Football – four-year starter … 2015 New England Defensive Player of the Year … two-time All- Housatonic League … two-time first-team All-New England … 2016 Team MVP… 2015 MSG Varsity first-team All-CT Defense … 2016 MSG Varsity second-team All-CT Defense … 2015 MSG Varsity All-Metro Honorable Mention Defensive Team … Went to four New England Championship Bowl games … won the 2014 Wayne Sanborn New England Championship Bowl Game … won the 2015 Sean Brennan New England Championship Bowl Game … 2017 Jenkins Athletic Award (athlete of the year for school). Overall – eight letters.
Parents: Rod and Darby Fox
Why UVA?: “UVA has a unparalleled combination of academics and athletics. There are not many other schools that provide rigorous academics and top of the line athletics in all sports, not just lacrosse. In addition, Charlottesville provides an unbelievable town and campus to go to school.”
Griffin Harris #13
Attack/Midfield • 5-11 • 180
South Hamilton, Mass. • The Governors Academy
High School Lacrosse Coach: Peter Bidstrup
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – Under Armour Underclassman New England team … ISL champion … two-time team captain … team MVP … four-year letterwinner … nominated for the Bruce Lerch Player of the Year award … No. 2 player in Massachusetts … led team in points in 2016 and 2017. Football – four-year letterwinner … two-time ISL champion … senior captain and All-New England honoree … team MVP … led football team in receiving and rushing yards as a senior. Overall – eight letters.
Parents: Joe and Kim Harris
Why UVA?: “University of Virginia offered the best overall experience for me in terms of athletics and academics, and the balance that I needed. It was simply too difficult for me to turn down this offer. In comparison to other schools, UVA provides the curriculum that best suits me along with an athletic program with a history of prestige and high-performance athletes. I look forward to continuing both my academic and athletic careers at UVA.”
Ian Laviano #3
Attack • 5-8 • 175
Laurel Hollow, N.Y. • Cold Spring Harbor
HS Lacrosse Coach: Dennis Bonn
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – Scored a school record 314 career points (179-135-314) … was a five-year varsity player that won 88 percent of his high school games (83-11) … five-year starter, four-time all-county … All-American nominee in 2014 … honorable mention All-American in 2015 … scored 37 points as an 8th grader … scored 45 points as a freshman … scored 52 points as a sophomore … scored 82 points as a junior … scored 107 points as a senior … NYS Championship Offensive MVP … 2016 honorable mention All American … 2017 Captain … Nassau County Offensive MVP 2017 … led Nassau County in goals and points … All-American … first-team All-Metro NY/NJ/CT … first-team Newsday All-Long Island … Nassau County Attackman of the Year … 2017 Long Island Player of the Year. Ice Hockey – played hockey for two seasons … 2017 sportsmanship award and 2017 coaches award. Overall – seven letters.
Parents: John and Dawn Laviano
Why UVA?: “The superior academics and the rich lacrosse history, as well as the coaching staff’s ability to work with each players’ individual talents to create a dynamic team.”
Corey Millhouse #32
Midfield • 5-9 • 185
North Haven, Conn. • Hamden Hall Country Day School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Kevin Warnock
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – US Lacrosse All-American … four-time first-team All-Fairchester … three-time first-team All-New England … two-time team MVP … member of the Junior Olympic indoor lacrosse team … 2016 WNESSLA Offensive MVP … two-time captain (2016 and 2017). Football – Three-time first-team All-Fairchester … 2016 captain … two-time second-team All-New England … two-time team MVP… 2017 New England champions. Overall: Eight varsity letters.
Parents: Jim and Tennille Millhouse
Why UVA?: “I chose UVA because of its captivating Grounds and rich history. It is one of the top schools in the country both in the classroom and on the field. It has been one of my dream schools since I was young to attend an institution like the University of Virginia. Watching some of the great players pass through the UVA program made me want to be a part of such a special group of individuals. Go Cavaliers!”
Matt Moore #5
Midfield/Attack • 6-2 • 195
Garnet Valley, Pa. • Garnet Valley HS
HS Lacrosse Coach: Frank Urso
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – Under Armour All-American … four-time first-team All-Central League … four-time first-team All-Delaware County … four-time first-team all-state … three-time All-American … Central League MVP in 2015 and 2016 … four-time Garnet Valley Team MVP … finished with 156 career goals and 173 career assists for 329 points … three-time Under Armour Underclass Philadelphia Team … Under Armour Underclass All-Tournament team in 2016 … holds Garnet Valley record for playoff points (68), playoff goals (39), playoff assists (29) and goals in a playoff game (7). Soccer – All-Delaware County honorable mention as a junior … named first-team All-Delaware County and first-team All-Central League as a senior … captain as a junior and senior. Overall – eight letters.
Parents: Timothy and Michelle Moore
Why UVA?: “Since my first visit to the University of Virginia a few years ago, I felt that I belonged here. The Grounds are beautiful, the school provides excellent academics and I wanted a school that would provide a great entry way to landing a great job. The lacrosse program is unmatched, with a team that works well together. During my subsequent visits, I felt that I fit in well with the team and their culture. I also like blue and orange.”
Hall Peters #29
Defense • 6-1 • 180
San Francisco, Calif. • Saint Ignatius Prep
HS Lacrosse Coach: Chris Packard
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – Under Armor All-American … WCAL Lacrosse Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017 … John M. Senyard Award 2017 (varsity lacrosse MVP) … selected to Nike The Ride 2015 … 2017 team captain … two-time US Lacrosse All-American … four-time WCAL champion … led team in ground balls as a senior. Football – led football team in tackles as a senior. Overall: six varsity letters.
Parents: Tom and Blair Peters
Why UVA?: “The University of Virginia has always held a special place in my heart and with my family. Both of my parents attended the University, so I have grown up watching all of the Cavalier games and rooting for them in all sports. After my first time to Charlottesville I fell in love with the school: the beauty of the Grounds along with the rich tradition. A place where academic excellence go hand in hand with competitive athletics, The University of Virginia will always be at the top.”
Ryan Pride #46
Midfield • 5-9 • 175
Mclean, Va. • The Landon School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Rob Bordley
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – four-year letterwinner … team captain as senior… undefeated record … IAC champions … national champions. Football: Varsity Starter on special teams as Sophomore – Soccer – Made team as senior with no previous experience. Overall: six varsity letters.
Parents: Myland and Trish Pride
Why UVA?: “It has been my goal since the fifth grade to play for the University of Virginia. I grew up in Northern Virginia, so I regularly visited the Grounds to watch the team play. Once I got into high school it was clear UVA was my top choice academically and athletically. I saw UVA as the perfect university to further my lacrosse career and expand my academics. Last, on all of my previous visits to Charlottesville I fell in love with the town; It is an incredibly beautiful place to go to college.”
Regan Quinn #19
Attack • 6-2 • 185
Rockville Centre, N.Y. • Chaminade HS
HS Lacrosse Coach: Jack Moran
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – Team captain … US lacrosse All-American (only New York catholic league All-American) … News Day Top 25 player … Recruiting Rundown No. 58 senior … MSG Varsity Long Island Team … Catholic League Attackmen of the Year … MVP at National High School Lacrosse Showcase … all-league team selection … 33 goals and 20 assists in 2017 … All-Tristate team. Basketball – All-Long Island … all-league, team captain … MVP of Tom Crotty Classic … runner-up in state championship … averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. Academic – National Honor Society … member of P.R.E.P (select club at Chaminade where you go to local parishes to teach middle school students religion) … head teacher coordinator of prep … officer of the Culinary Club. Overall – five letters.
Parents: Kyle Quinn and Patricia Quinn
Why UVA?: “Virginia has a great combination of top notch athletics, rich tradition and excellent academics. Right when I stepped on Grounds I felt at home and very welcomed by the whole UVA community. Also, all the facilities, coaches and members of the team were great and really positive. Real question is why not Virginia?”
Will Rock #9
Defense/LSM • 6-3 • 210
McLean, Va. • Gonzaga College HS
HS Lacrosse Coach: Casey O’Neill
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – Three-time WCAC Champion … suffered only one league loss in four years of high school … played for a school that was ranked in the Top 5 two times throughout high school … was awarded most improved junior year and earned the coach’s award senior year … captain senior year … first-team All-WCAC … second-team All-Met. Overall – Four varsity letters.
Mother: Frances Rock
Why UVA?: “UVA has always been my dream school as I have watched them strive in athletics and academics my entire life. Throughout my childhood, I met members of the UVA family and followed in their footsteps as they showed me through action how to live a life for others.”
Alex Rode #38
Goalie • 6-1 • 180
Timonium, Md. • St. Paul’s School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Rick Brocato
Secondary School Background: Lacrosse – Under Armour All-American … No. 1 in saves in a single season at St. Paul’s … No. 3 in career saves at St. Paul’s … team captain 2017 … Varsity Sports Network Defensive Player of the Year 2017 … Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Goalie of the Year in 2017 … All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2016 and 2017 … Tim Wynne Award for Outstanding Goalie in the State of Maryland in 2017 … all-state in 2016 and 2017 … All-Metro in 2017 … USCLA All-American in 2017. Football – Three-year letterwinner and leading tackler in 2015 and 2016 … team captain in 2016. Ice Hockey – Four-year letterwinner and won the Spirit Award as a senior. Overall – 10 varsity letters.
Mother: Joseph and Mary Rode
Why UVA?: “UVA is a great academic school and I wanted to compete at the highest level athletically, and the ACC is where it is at.”