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Cade Saustad

215 lbs.
Redshirt Junior
Dallas, Texas
Highland Park HS
High School / Club
Cade Saustad - Men's Lacrosse - Virginia Cavaliers

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– “Dramatically missed last year, and not just because of his cover skills … combines length with hoover-esque qualities on ground balls … strong foundation of knowledge of the defense, and is growing more comfortable directing others.” 2020 – “How does a first-year handle the pressure of competing in some of the most intense venues in college lacrosse while often being assigned the opposing team’s best attackman? The answer lies in both the poise and competitiveness of the man and also the high-level football experience Cade enjoyed while winning state titles at Highland Park.  Cade’s next step in his evolution includes playing a larger role in commanding the defense.” 2019 – “It did not take long for this first-year to make a strong, positive impression on the rest of us and to climb the depth chart to a place where playing time and even a starting position can be earned.”

• 2022 – Named a team captain

• USILA All-American (HM)
• NCAA All-Tournament Team
• One of the nation’s elite defensemen
• Part of a defense that held Georgetown’s Jake Carraway without a goal in the NCAA quarterfinal round, snapping the nation’s longest active goal-scoring streak at 44 games
• Held Tewaaraton Trophy winner Jared Bernhardt to only two goals in NCAA title game, which came off slides
• Started all 18 of UVA’s games
• Assisted a score against Maryland in the NCAA title game
• Picked up 38 ground balls and caused 17 turnovers
• Had eight ground balls and three caused turnovers in NCAA first round against Bryant
• VaSID All-State defense

• Missed season with an injury

• College Crosse (SB Nation) Freshman All-American (1st)
• NCAA All-Tournament Team
• Appeared in all 20 games with 19 starts at close defense
• Finished the year with 46 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers
• Part of a defense that held Yale, the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense, to its lowest output of the year (9 goals) in the NCAA title game
• Picked up six ground balls and caused one turnover against Yale in the NCAA title game
• Picked up 11 ground balls and caused three turnovers in the NCAA Tournament
• Made collegiate debut against Loyola and picked up three ground balls

• Listed as the No. 18 recruit in the country by Inside Lacrosse
Listed as the No. 4 defenseman in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Under Armour All-American
• First Highland Park student-athlete to be named a three-time All-American
• Three-time all-state honoree
• Team captain and MVP
• Adrenalin All-American
USA Today first-team All-USA
• Four-year starting defenseman
• Won the 2015 Texas state championship
• Won back-to-back state championships on the football team in 2016 and 2017
• First-team all-state in football
• Set a few receiving records including 221 yards in the Texas State Championship
• Owns school record for single-game receiving (268) and most career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
• Member of the National Honor Society
• Cornerstone Scholar Athlete
• Academic all-state
• Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

• 2020-21 Kass Family Endowed Scholarship for Men’s Lacrosse recipient
• Son of Megan and Don Saustad
• Has two brothers, Matthew and Campbell
• Grandfather, Jesse Longhofer, played football at Texas A&I-Kingsville and was a captain on a national championship team
• Uncle, David Longhofer, was a quarterback at Texas State and won a national championship
• Uncle, Matt Longhofer, played at Texas A&M from 1990-92
• Major is economics