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Tanner Scales

200 lbs.
Denver, Colo.
Regis Jesuit
High School
Tanner Scales - Men's Lacrosse - Virginia Cavaliers

“This man is our guide:  we will follow.  Tanner brings a no-nonsense ethos to everything we do as a program:  film sessions, meetings, weight room training and practices.  He has little patience for those who are not all-in with their commitment to doing what is necessary for the program’s health and success.  Tanner’s own play is defined by edginess and toughness.  He is uncompromisingly consistent with his own efforts and thus it is no surprise he is categorically our most complete defenseman as well as a repeat captain in 2017.”

• Drafted in the 7th round (56th overall) of the 2017 MLL Draft by the Denver Outlaws
• USILA Scholar All-American
• One of UVA’s three captains
• Appeared in 14 of UVA’s 15 games with 14 starts
• Picked up 38 ground balls with 13 caused turnovers
• Scored first collegiate points at Johns Hopkins with an assist
• Picked up six ground balls and caused three turnovers at Loyola
• In game against Loyola he held eventual Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Pat Spencer to zero goals and only two assists
• Was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Loyola

• One of UVA’s two captains
• Started 15 of UVA’s 16 games
• Missed the Cornell game with an injury
• Picked up 36 ground balls and caused 15 turnovers
• Picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers against Loyola
• Picked up three ground balls and caused two turnovers at Drexel
• Had six ground balls against Syracuse

• Preseason first-team All-American by Face-Off Yearbook
• Missed entire season with a lower extremity injury
• Will apply for a medical hardship
• Recognized on ACC Academic Honor Roll

• USILA third-team All-American
• Started all 16 of UVa’s games
• Third on the team with 49 ground balls
• Second on the team with 22 caused turnovers
• Grabbed one ground ball against No. 12 Loyola (Feb. 6)
• Had four ground balls and three caused turnovers at Richmond (Feb. 8)
• Had five ground balls against No. 8 Syracuse (March 1)
• Caused three turnovers three times (at North Carolina, at Richmond, at Mount St. Mary’s)
• Matched a career high with four caused turnovers vs. Johns Hopkins (May 11) in the NCAA Tournament

• ACC Freshman of the Year
• Becomes UVa’s 11th ACC Freshman of the Year and first since Steele Stanwick in 2009
• Only the second defensemen from UVa to be named ACC Freshman of the Year (Mike Schattner, ’88)
• Led the nation’s freshmen with 25 caused turnovers
• Only two sophomore’s in the country had more caused turnovers
• Finished rookie season with 33 ground balls
• Made collegiate debut vs Drexel
• Registered first collegiate stats vs VMI, picking up five ground balls and causing three turnovers
• Had one GB and one CT at Stony Brook
• Caused four turnovers vs. Vermont and piecked up four ground balls
• Made first collegiate start vs. No. 3 Cornell and had two GBs and three CTs, including stripping All-American Rob Pannell various times and helping UVa force him into a career-high eight turnovers
• Started again against Ohio State and had four GBs and three CTs
• Had three CTs versus Johns Hopkins and Maryland


Listed as the No. 14 recruit in the country by Inside Lacrosse
Listed as the No. 3 incoming defensemen in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Under Armour All-American
• Tallied one goal, one assist and 75 ground balls as a senior at Regis Jesuit
• Helped lead Regis Jesuit to a 15-1 mark in 2012
• Spent junior year at Salisbury School in Connecticut where he played hockey and lacrosse
• Inside Lacrosse ranked him as the No. 8 rising senior
• All-American and an Under Armour All-Star
• New England Defender of the Year at Salisbury in Connecticut
• Graduated from Regis Jesuit in his home state of Colorado,
• Graduatd from same school as current Cavaliers Rhody Heller and Tanner Ottenbreit
• Played one season of football as a senior at Regis Jesuit
• Was on Regis Jesuit’s 2009 and 2012 state championship hockey teams
• Made honor roll all four years of high school

• Son of Stuart and Shelly Scales
• Has one sister, Manon