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Michael Kraus

195 lbs.
New Canaan, Conn.
New Canaan
High School
Michael Kraus - Men's Lacrosse - Virginia Cavaliers

2020 – “Michael’s dodging style is both physical and evasive. He is eager to make contact with his defenseman, but also able to slip out of holds as he maneuvers to the goal.  Comfortable with a defender draped all over him, Michael posts up as an ever-improving dual threat due to enhanced feeding skills.  This two-time captain is adroitly balancing the demands of insuring the success of the program, his teammates and his own performance.” 2019 – “The consistent, pounding pressure he exerts on opposing defenses creates opportunities for himself and others. He has enhanced his feeding that is setting up his teammates with advantageous openings.”  2018 – “Winner of our 2017 Offensive MVP, a rarity for a first-year, Michael exploded onto the collegiate lacrosse scene.  With his signature hard-charging style, he created offense for himself and his teammates by drawing attention from multiple defenders.  Michael is a physical rider as well, intent on creating turnovers with both stick and body checks.  Under Sean Kirwan’s tutelage, Michael will not settle with his future development:  he is committed to improving upon his early impact.”

• For the second year in a row he is one of UVA’s captains (one of four)
• Against Lehigh became just the fourth Cavalier to reach the 100-goal, 100-assist mark for a career
• Started all six of UVA’s games
• No. 4 in the ACC with 4.33 points per game
• Key member of UVA’s ride, which ranked No. 2 in the nation forcing opponents to only clear at a .737 clip
• Tallied at least four points in five of UVA’s six games
• Had a season-best seven points on five goals and two assists while battling the flu against High Point
• Scored four goals and one assist against Lehigh

• USILA All-American (3rd)
• Inside Lacrosse All-American (4th)
• All-ACC
• Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee (1-of-25)
• One of UVA’s three captains
• Started 17 of the games in which he appeared
• Missed the Duke, VMI and Marist games with an injury
• Scored 39 goals and dished out 36 assists for 75 points
• Picked up 44 ground balls and caused seven turnovers
• Became the third-fastest Cavalier (42 games) to 100 career goals when he reached the plateau against Utah
• Had a season-high seven points against Brown, including the game-winner in overtime
• Had eight hat-tricks, including against Yale in the NCAA title game
• Scored at least five points 10 times
• Scored 19 points in the NCAA Tournament on eight goals and 11 assists
• Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-American (3rd)
• 2019 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-American (2nd)

• USILA All-American (2nd)
• Inside Lacrosse All-American (3rd)
• All-ACC
• Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee (1-of-25)
• Led UVA with 44 goals, 39 assists and 83 points
• Picked up 39 ground balls and caused three turnovers
• Became the third Cavalier all-time to score 80 points in a season
• His 83 points rank No. 3 all-time at UVA for a single season
• Fell one assist short of becoming UVA’s first player with 40+ goals and 40+ assists in the same season
• He tied Jay Connor and Tom Duquette for being the second fastest Cavalier to 100 career points, doing so in 25 career games (vs. Johns Hopkins on March 24, 2018)
• Started all 17 of UVA’s games he appeared in, missing the VMI game with an injury
• Became the 16th Cavalier to score 10 points in a game when he tallied five goals and dished out five assists at Stony Brook
• Named ACC Offesnive Player of the Week for his efforts at Stony Brook (5-5-10) and Manhattan (1-2-3)
• Scored one point in all 17 games he appeared in
• Recorded 12 multi-goal games and eight with at least three goals
• Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American (HM)
• Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-American (HM)

• USILA All-American (HM)
• All-ACC
• ACC Freshman of the Year
• Was the only freshman on the All-ACC team and joined teammate Ryan Conrad as the only two underclassmen on the All-ACC team
• Only the seventh UVA freshmen to earn All-ACC honors
• Led UVA with 34 goals and 56 points
• The 56 points ties him with Kevin Pehlke for No. 2 all-time among UVA freshmen point scorers
• The 34 goals are also tied with Pehlke for No. 3 all-time among UVA freshmen goal scorers
• His 22 assists are in a four-way tie for No. 5 all-time among UVA freshmen assist leaders
• No. 3 in the ACC with 2.27 goals per game
• Scored at least one point in all 15 of UVA’s games
• Scored multiple goals in 10 of UVA’s 15 games
• Started 13 games
• Made collegiate debut at Loyola, scoring two goals and dishing out three assists
• Scored five goals and seven points against Notre Dame
• Tallied four goals in games against Syracuse and Johns Hopkins
• Scored three goals in games against Siena, Cornell, Cleveland State and Robert Morris

• Listed as the No. 16 recruit in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Listed as the No. 7 attackman in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Under Armour All-American
• Set a single-season goal record with 57 during post-grad year at Taft in 2016
• Helped Taft to the Founders League championship
• A 2015 graduate of New Canaan High School where he was a four-year letter winner
• Helped New Canaan to the 2013 FCIAC Championship and the 2015 CIAC State Championship
• Scored 64 goals and dished out 44 assists in 2015 at New Canaan
• His 108 points in 2015 is a school record at New Canaan
• 2015 All-American

• Son of Steve and Kelly Kraus
• Has two older brothers, Jack and Peter
• Father, Steve, was a two-time lacrosse All-American at UVA and still holds the career face-off win record at 68 percent (325-of-478)
• Uncle, Andy Kraus, was a three-time All-American at UVA and currently sits No. 2 all-time in program history with 327 ground balls
• Brother, Peter, played lacrosse at Michigan in 2016
• Enjoys surfing, skiing and video games