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John Izlar

180 lbs.
Atlanta, Ga.
The Westminster Schools
High School
John Izlar - Men's Lacrosse - Virginia Cavaliers

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2023 – “John O. is a heck of an athlete, a collection of strength, size and speed.  Once upon a time a football recruit and player here at UVA, John O. chose to focus solely upon lacrosse after a very demanding time where he was actually juggling both simultaneously.  Where do you put such an athlete?  In the hardest position on the field:  short-stick defensive midfielder of course.  John O. uses his superior athleticism to his advantage with his on-ball defense and one-man runs in the clearing game.” 2022 – “One of the top three overall athletes on the team, proven with last season’s FFF testing. He’s progressing into earning meaningful minutes and grasping our schemes. Does not back down from a tough one-on-one matchup. His strength and footwork make him difficult to get around.” 2021 – “Not intimidated to walk-on…takes a beating but keeps coming back for more… reliable effort and energy…highly athletic, he is catching up with his comprehension of the game.” 2020 – “One of the most impressive things to witness this fall was this first-year squeezing lacrosse practices into an exhaustive football training schedule. One sport is more than enough for most athletes but John O. was intent to doing both as often as possible.  He held his own during our training sessions, training as a defensive midfield and taking wings on faceoffs.”


  • Appeared in nine of UVA’s 17 games
  • Registered a caused turnover in UVA’s 25-21 win over Harvard (Feb. 18)
  • All-ACC Academic Team
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll


  • Appeared in eight of UVA’s 16 games


  • Appeared in three of UVA’s 18 games
  • Saw time against Towson, Air Force and Utah
  • Caused a turnover against Towson and picked up a ground ball against Air Force


  • Appeared in one of UVA’s six games
  • Made collegiate debut against Air Force


  • Was a walk-on wide receiver and a member of the scout team for UVA’s 2019 Orange Bowl football squad


  • Scored 63 goals, dished out 28 assists and picked up 65 ground balls as a senior at The Westminster Schools
  • Scored 41 goals, recorded 22 assists and picked up 55 ground balls as a junior
  • Two-time all-state honoree and a 2019 US Lacrosse All-American
  • Also played wide receiver and defensive back on the football team at The Westminster Schools
  • First-team all-region as a senior where he made 58 tackles, intercepted four passes and broke up eight more
  • Also made 30 receptions for 567 yards and six touchdowns and notched 965 all-purpose yards
  • As a junior he made 38 tackles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and broke up seven passes
  • Also made 15 receptions for 312 yards and added 531 all-purpose yards
  • Member of the National Honor Society


  • Son of Helen and Paul Izlar
  • Has a younger brother, Henry, and two older sisters, Spencer and Elizabeth
  • Father, Paul, played football at Vanderbilt and transferred to Virginia where he lettered in 1977
  • Enjoys hunting, fishing and occasionally playing golf
  • Volunteer work includes being a bible study leader and being on yearbook staff
  • Majoring in Commerce