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Mitchell Whalen

175 lbs.
Buford, Ga.
Buford HS
High School
Mitchell Whalen - Men's Lacrosse - Virginia Cavaliers

Mitchell Whalen Pronunciation

2022 –Winner of the individual Iron Man fitness contest last year … Possesses exceptional athleticism and startling strength … At the cusp of earning significantly more playing time as his grasp of our schemes strengthens … Ideal physical attributes and fitness for a defensive midfielder … Hunts ground balls like a mangy mutt.” 2021 – “Killer Whale nickname is well-deserved … all hustle and heart … learning the schemes, and making progress… one of the fastest defensemen … provides us another faceoff wing in the armament.” 2020  “The walk-on process is complete with daunting odds, uncertainty and little support.  Mitch attacked it with little hesitancy, making an impact thanks to his speed and on-ball aggression.  Serving as a long-stick midfielder, Mitch is embracing the learning process of our schemes.  As his off-ball acumen is enhanced and his voice within in our schemes becomes emboldened, playing time can be realized.”


  • Appeared in all 16 of UVA’s games as a long-stick midfielder
  • Collected 26 ground balls and registered nine caused turnovers
  • Finished 7-for-15 at the faceoff-X
  • Scored his first career goal against Lafayette (April 28)


  • Appeared in eight of UVA’s 18 games
  • Picked up two ground balls and caused two turnovers
  • Had one ground ball and caused one turnover at Syracuse and against Richmond


  • Appeared in two of UVA’s six games
  • Made collegiate debut against Lehigh
  • Also saw time against Air Force, picking up a ground ball


  • Was a long-stick midfielder and defenseman at Buford High School
  • Earned three letters in lacrosse, four in swimming & diving and one in cross country
  • First-team all-state at LSM with 105 ground balls, 32 caused turnovers and 14 points in 2018
  • Gwinnett County Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2019
  • Picked up 75 ground balls, caused 32 turnovers and scored nine points in 2019 as a senior
  • Two-time scholar-athlete
  • Three-time Georgia state qualifier in swimming and a state finalist in 2019 in relay events
  • Ran the 5K in cross country during the 2017 season


  • Son of Brenda and Brian Whalen
  • Has two brothers, Max and Fritz, and one sister, Cyrena
  • Was high school salutatorian in 2019
  • Earned AP Scholar with Distinction honors and was a STAR Student
  • Was part of the Principal’s Honor Roll every semester of high school
  • Enjoys hiking and backpacking with friends and family
  • Enjoys playing pickup basketball
  • Majoring in Commerce