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Dox Aitken

210 lbs.
Villanova, Pa.
High School
Dox Aitken - Men's Lacrosse - Virginia Cavaliers

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• Returned to UVA in 2021 after spending fall semester at Villanova playing football

2021 – “Wants the ball in big moments … embraces the pressure … elite athlete and fantastic shooter … but eats larges slices of humble pie … more concerned about being a great teammate than being put on a pedestal.” 2020 – “College athletes are certainly amateurs.  But describing Dox’s approach and preparation to everything we do on and off the field is best characterized as professional.  Sure, he works hard, but so do most athletes.  Dox trains with purpose, critically assesses his own play, pursues film study as if it is one of his core academic requirements, fuels his body wisely and throughout it all maintains an open mind to learning and growth.” 2019 – “With more opposing defensive schemes designed to limit his impact, this man has increased his time commitment to studying film, enhancing his tactical comprehension and improving the technical aspects of his game.” 2018 – “After a strong first year, arguably the best rookie season for a UVA midfielder ever, how does Dox follow it up?  From the weight room to the practice field to the film study, there is little evidence our Freshman of the Year award winner is resting on any laurels – actually, it is quite the opposite.  Dox is a student of the game, constantly pursuing greater knowledge – both offensively and defensively – and enhancing his dodging and shooting techniques.  He balances a tremendous drive to be great with a refreshing humbleness.”


  • USILA All-American (HM)
  • Inside Lacrosse All-American (HM)
  • USILA Scholar All-American
  • One of UVA’s four captains
  • Notched 17 goals and six assists on the season
  • UVA’s all-time career point and goal leader by a midfielder and his 138 goals are tied with Kevin Pehlke for No. 4 overall in program history
  • His 176 career points rank No. 15 all-time by a midfielder in the history of DI men’s lacrosse
  • USILA Preseason All-American (1st)
  • VaSID All-State midfield

• Inside Lacrosse All-American (3rd)
• One of UVA’s four captains
• Started all six games UVA played
• Scored nine goals
• Had two-goal gams against Princeton, High Point and Brown
• Picked up four GBs in season-opening win over Loyola

USILA All-American (1st)
• Inside Lacrosse All-American (1st)
• All-NCAA Tournament
• All-ACC
• All-ACC Tournament
• Broke his own UVA single-season record for points by a midfielder (52)
• Broke Matt Poskay’s UVA single-season record (41) for goals by a midfielder (44)
• Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee (1-of-25)
• First UVA midfielder to reach 100 career goals
• Broke UVA’s midfielder career goal record (94), which was previously owned by Pete Eldredge and Brian Carroll
• Quickest UVA midfielder to 70, 80 and 90 career goals
• Had 17 multi-goal games
• Notched seven hat-tricks
• Scored points in all 20 games of the season
• Picked up 32 ground balls and caused three turnovers
• Scored eight goals and dished out two assists during UVA’s run to the NCAA title
• Scored three goals and one assist against Duke in the NCAA semifinal win
• 2019 Face-Off Yearbook All-American (1st)

• USILA All-American (1st)
• Inside Lacrosse All-American (1st)
• All-ACC
• Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee (1-of-25)
• Became the fastest Cavalier midfielder to 50 career goals, doing so in 25 career games (vs. Johns Hopkins on March 24, 2018). He reached the mark in five fewer games than Pete Eldredge (30 games)
• Set the UVA midfielder single-season record with 51 points
• Is the 12th Cavalier midfielder to score at least 30 goals in a season
• His 39 goals rank No. 2 all-time at UVA in a season by a midfielder
• Started all 18 games and was No. 2 on the team with 39 goals and 51 points
• Scored a career-high six goals against Johns Hopkins
• Had 12 multi-goal games
• Scored points in 16-of-18 games
• Scored four goals at Drexel, at Stony Brook and at Loyola in the NCAA Tournament
• Picked up 36 ground balls and caused five turnovers
• Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American (2nd)
• Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-American (1st)

• USILA All-American (HM)
Inside Lacrosse All-American (HM)
• Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List
• Shattered UVA’s freshmen midfielder record for goals (29) and points (40)
• Broke the goals record in eight games and the points record in nine games
• His 40 points rank No. 12 all-time among UVA freshmen
• His 29 goals led the nation’s freshmen midfielders
• Named ACC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals in collegiate debut against Loyola
• Also named Inside Lacrosse/Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week for his game at Loyola
• Had eight multi-goal games
• Scored a hat-trick in four of his first five college games
• Scored at least one point in 14 of UVA’s 15 games
• Picked up 31 ground balls and caused eight turnovers
• Tallied a season-high five goals against High Point
• Scored four goals in games against Loyola and Penn
• Scored three goals in games against Drexel, Syracuse and Richmond

• Member of the 2016 U19 Team USA gold-medal winning team
• Listed as the No. 2 recruit in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Listed as the No. 1 midfielder in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Under Armour All-American
• Two-time All-American at Haverford
• Tallied 57 goals and 15 assists in 2016 for Haverford
• Collected 60 ground balls in 2016
• Inter-Ac MVP
• Helped lead Haverford to the 2015 National Championship and a 26-0 record
• Also was a standout football player at Haverford
• Inter-Ac Player of the Year in football
• 3A all-state, all-city and All-Southeast Pennsylvania in football
• Honor student
• Member of the Spanish Society and Jazz Band

• Son of Mark and Patrice Aitken
• Has two sisters, Chandler and Schuyler
• Father, Mark, played lacrosse at Lafayette
• Mother, Patrice, played lacrosse at Penn State
• Cousin Chris Aitken played lacrosse at Villanova (2008-11)
• Cousin Steve Aitken played lacrosse at Penn State (2011-14)
• Uncle Scott Growney played in the NLL for the Philadelphia Wings
• Cousin Colton Growney played lacrosse at Williams, cousin Chase Growney played lacrosse at Trinity and cousin Scottie Rose Growney played lacrosse at North Carolina
• Cousin Reilly Masterson plays lacrosse at Penn State
• Uncle Steve Growney was an All-American lacrosse player at Franklin and Marshall
• Aunt, Doss Growney Masterson, played lacrosse at Lafayette
• Uncle, Bob Aitken, played lacrosse at William & Mary
• Graduated from UVA in May 2020 with a degree in foreign affairs