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Petey LaSalla

Midfield
Position
5'7''
Height
185 lbs.
Weight
Junior
Class
Miller Place, N.Y.
Hometown
Rocky Point HS
High School
Petey LaSalla - Men's Lacrosse - Virginia Cavaliers

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TIFFANY ON LASALLA
2021
– “Hits the ignition switch for our team … attacks the cage relentlessly … nothing in the weight room is too heavy … adapting to the new faceoff rules … fearless in pressurized moments.” 2020 – ‘What makes Petey the difference-maker he became in 2019?  His control of the ball with his exits improved dramatically last season.  But in addition, the lacrosse acumen he brings to the field allows this man to play a surprising variety of roles and to shatter the term specialist.  How often do we throw a pass to a FO man?  Petey’s teammates do this without reservation, and his impact on the offense can expand this spring.” 2019 – “Perceptive of offensive opportunities and subtleties, this quiet, unassuming and hard-charging first-year faceoff man is proving to be more than just a specialist at the X.”

2021

  • USILA All-American (2nd)
  • Inside Lacrosse All-American (2nd)
  • USA Lacrosse Magazine All-American (3rd)
  • All-ACC
  • All-NCAA Tournament
  • All-ACC Academic
  • No. 12 in the nation with a 62.4 faceoff winning percentage
  • No. 1 in the nation with 277 faceoff wins
  • Broke the UVA single-season record for faceoff wins with 277
  • Became the first Cavalier to win 200+ faceoffs at a rate of 60 percent or better
  • Set the UVA record for single-season games with 20+ faceoff wins (5), which is also a UVA career record
  • No. 3 in the nation with 137 ground balls
  • Set UVA single-season record with 137 ground balls
  • Scored 10 goals and dished out seven assists
  • Scored two goals against Air Force
  • Scored one goal and dished one assist in the NCAA title win over Maryland
  • VaSID Defensive Player of the Year and All-State for faceoffs

2020
• Appeared in all six of UVA’s games
• Was No. 3 in the ACC with a .593 faceoff winning percentage
• No. 3 in the ACC with 6.67 ground ball per game
• Scored a goal against Princeton, while picking up 11 ground balls
• Won 18 faceoffs, assisted a goal and picked up 13 ground balls against High Point

2019
• College Crosse (SB Nation) Freshman All-American (1st)
• Appeared in all 20 of UVA’s games
• Finished No. 1 in the ACC with 100 ground balls
• Finished No. 2 in the ACC and No. 21 in the nation with a .587 faceoff winning percentage
• Finished with eight ground balls and one assist
• His 216 faceoff wins rank No. 2 all-time on UVA’s single-season ledger
• Won the game’s final eight faceoffs (two in OT) against Duke in the NCAA semifinal win
• Won the game’s last seven face-offs (one in OT) against Maryland in the NCAA quarterfinal win
• Was a perfect 6-of-6 in overtime faceoffs
• Scored two goals off faceoffs in UVA’s NCAA title win over Yale
• Scored three goals during Championship Weekend in Philadelphia
• Also scored two goals at Johns Hopkins
• Picked up 12 ground balls against Richmond

HIGH SCHOOL
• Listed as the No. 94 recruit in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Listed as the No. 8 faceoff specialist in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Two-time US Lacrosse All-American
• First Rocky Point student-athlete in history to be named a US All-American two years in a row
• Two-time all-state
Newsday first-team All-Long Island
• Three-time all-county
• Three-time all-division
• Suffolk County’s Most Outstanding Midfielder in 2017 and 2018
• FLG first-team Goat Award in 2018
• Team MVP in 2016, 2017 and 2018
Newsday Top 100 Player in 2017 and 2018
• Won 80.38 percent of his career faceoffs
• Also played running back and linebacker on the football team
• Holds school record for most touchdowns in a season with 20 in 2017
• Football team MVP in 2017
• Holds the school record for most career touchdowns with 43

PERSONAL
• Son of Ellise and Peter LaSalla
• Has an older brother, Nick, who played lacrosse at Belmont Abbey College and SUNY Oneonta
• Has a younger brother, Vincent
• Major is American studies