Cavalier Core Values
Expect Nothing, Earn Everything. By always competing, we are always preparing to win, free of fear, in the relentless pursuit of self-knowledge.
Compete: You are either competing, or you are not. Always compete! Compete to find new ways to heighten level of practice
Return on Athletic Investment: Performance = Potential – Interference
Most distractions/interference are self-created.
Better: Do things better than they have ever been done before. Every practice matters. Practice at highest, most competitive level possible.
Be Accountable: No excuses. No whining. Be the solution, not the problem.
Coaches and Athletes are all accountable for our thoughts, feelings and actions: combine upbeat, high energy atmosphere with unwavering competitive drive
2019 NCAA Champions (17-3)
Robert Morris (19-10) - 1st
vs. Maryland (13-12, OT) - QF
vs. Duke (13-12, 2OT) - SF
vs. Yale (13-9) - F
2011 NCAA Champions (13-5)
Bucknell (13-12, OT) - 1st
vs. Cornell (13-9) - QF
vs. Denver (14-8) - SF
vs. Maryland (9-7) - F
2006 NCAA Champions (17-0)
Notre Dame (14-10) - 1st
vs. Georgetown (20-8) - QF
vs. Syracuse (17-10) - SF
vs. UMass (15-7) - F
2003 NCAA Champions (15-2)
Mount St. Mary's (19-8) - 1st
vs. Georgetown (12-7) - QF
vs. Maryland (14-4) - SF
vs. Johns Hopkins (9-7) - F
1999 NCAA Champions (13-3)
vs. Delaware (17-10) - QF
vs. Johns Hopkins (16-11) - SF
vs. Syracuse (12-10) - F
1972 NCAA Champions (11-4)
Army (10-3) - QF
vs. Cortland (14-7) - SF
vs. Johns Hopkins (13-12) - F
1970 USILA National Champions (8-2)
1952 USILA National Champions (7-2)
Atlantic Coast Conference
The ACC is the premier lacrosse conference in the country
• 18-time ACC Champions: Most league titles among active schools
• From 1989-2020, Virginia has won 14 regular-season titles, more than any other ACC school.
• 10 ACC Coach of the Year Winners
• 10 ACC Player of the Year Winners
• 13 ACC Rookie of the Year Winners
• 145 All-ACC honorees (since 1977)
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.
Ryan Conrad, Midfield
Since the award was established in 2007, UVA has boasted seven finalists. Ryan Conrad became UVA's first winner of the coveted award in 2019.
The Cavaliers play their home games at Klöckner Stadium, considered one of the finest lacrosse facilities in the country.
“Fans are on the hill, you have the best field surface in the game. To me this is a special place. When we come down here, TV wise, we know we are going to be entertained.” - ESPN commentator Quint Kessenich about Klöckner Stadium
• The Cavaliers own a 151-40 (.791) all-time record at Klöckner Stadium and have won 15 of their last 17 games there.
• The Cavaliers' march toward their last four NCAA Championships - 2003, 2006, 2011, 2019 - have started with NCAA Tournament wins at Klöckner Stadium.
• Virginia has been undefeated at home eight times, including the 2006 national championship season.
• Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group hosted the Cavaliers in 2017 as part of a career development day.
• Private Tour of the Sony Studio lot
• Every Navy Seal going back to the 1970s has sat in this room at the United States Naval Special Warfare Command, Coronado, Calif.
• Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, hosted UVA at Sony Pictures in Culver City, Calif., in 2017. A former college lacrosse student-athlete himself, his father Donald, played lacrosse at UVA prior to World War II.
• Guests at the United States Capital in 2019
• Career Development in Boston, Mass., in 2020
• Hoos on the United States Naval Special Warfare Command Obstacle Course, Coronado, Calif.
"The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday"
• Guests of the Navy Seals at the United States Naval Special Warfare Command, Coronado, Calif.
A book club where the program spends 30-40 minutes a week to express, to share, to confide, to motivate, to be vulnerable, to excite ... and ultimately to bond.
Virginia Men's Lacrosse has partnered with Harlem Lacrosse for nearly a decade
• Virginia Men's Lacrosse's partnership includes the donation of gear, hosting Harlem Lacrosse in Charlottesville and visiting the young laxers in New York.
• Starting in 2018, UVA Men's Lacrosse created college scholarships through the monies raised from the annual Will Barrow Memorial Flag Football Tournament, which specifically go to graduates of Harlem Lacrosse.
Above is a feature from the early days of our partnership with Harlem Lacrosse when our former Hall of Fame coach Dom Starsia visited.
Virginia men's lacrosse partners with the One Love Foundation, One Love educates young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better.
Jackson Appelt was the 2020 DI men's lacrosse recipient of the 2020 Unsung Hero Award, as announced by the One Love Foundation. the Yeardley Reynolds Love (YRL) Unsung Hero Award, celebrating the accomplishments of collegiate Divisions I, II and III lacrosse players who demonstrate dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship.
Living On The Lawn
For the 2020-21 academic year, UVA fourth year Jackson Appelt was selected to live on The Lawn.
It is considered an honor to live in one of the University’s prestigious rooms on the Lawn, probably the most popular place for all UVA students to relax, study, and play. Located in Mr. Jefferson's original buildings, the Academical Village, these 54 single rooms are truly in the center of the University.
Virginia boasts 364 USILA All-Americans dating back to 1948.
• Ken Clausen (left) is UVA's only three-time first-team All-American (2008-09-10). Clausen is the current defensive coordinator for the Denver Outlaws and works with Warrior Lacrosse.
• UVA has 14 two-time first-team All-Americans
• UVA has 67 first-team All-Americans
• UVA has 75 second-team All-Americans
Major League Lacrosse
• 75 former Cavaliers have gone on to play Major League Lacrosse following their careers.
• 21 former Cavaliers have been drafted in the first round of the MLL Draft, which is the most of any school.
• 56 Cavaliers have been picked in the MLL Collegiate Draft.
• Jay Jalbert (2003); Conor Gill (2004) and Matt Poskay (2010) have been named MVP of the MLL.
Premier Lacrosse League
• Since the PLL's inception in 2019, six former Cavaliers have gone on to play with the Premier Lacrosse League following their careers.
• Two former Cavaliers have been drafted in the first round of the PLL Draft, which is the most of any school.
Our Vision Forward: The new athletics complex redefines how we educate our student-athletes by improving our facilities and the support we provide as they study to achieve academic excellence, develop the necessary skills to become citizen leaders for tomorrow and train to compete for championships.
The complex, with an estimated cost of $120 million, includes a Football Operations Center, an Olympic Sports Center designed to provide support to all 750 student-athletes competing in 27 varsity sports, three natural grass practice fields and the renovation of the McCue Center — the current home of Virginia Football and the primary office building for athletics administration and a majority of our coaches.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
The dedicated strength and conditioning and performance staffs at UVA maximize fitness and assist student-athletes to properly train, fuel and recover in preparation for competition. Each team has a dedicated coach to help utilize the most appropriate training methods each individual student-athlete based on his or her needs, end goals and baseline readiness. It is a holistic, athlete-centered process that focuses on the development and enhancement of physical qualities that underpin the general and specific needs of each athlete for his or her sport.
The excellence achieved by Virginia’s student-athletes has not been confined to competitive venues. Thanks to strong support systems, UVA student-athletes consistently excel in the classroom and participate in many extracurricular activities.
The athletics academic affairs staff oversees registration and eligibility requirements of a diverse group of student-athletes. They communicate directly with coaching staffs concerning student needs and progress. Along with dedicated staff members for each team, tutors and mentors are readily available for individual assistance.
The men’s lacrosse team continues to break its own records, earning its highest team GPA ever each of the past three years.
Director of Sports Nutrition Randy Bird is responsible for the development and coordination of optimal nutritional services at Virginia and for the nutritional development of its student-athletes. Bird consults with the coaches and student-athletes to provide direction and communicate the value of nutrition programs specifically designed to promote their health and performance.
Bird works with the a certified executive chef to develop menus for the training table that meet the needs of all of UVA’s teams and student-athletes. He also conducts cooking demonstrations and grocery shopping exercises to help student-athletes enhance their personal nutrition plans.
A nutrition bar (pictured) is located inside the weight room allowing our student-athletes to receive the optimal post-workout nutrients.
The mission of the department of sports medicine is to provide the "Gold Standard" of health care for Division I student-athletes. The "Gold Standard" is exemplified by having NCAA, Olympic and National teams look to UVA as the best product for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for the elite athlete. Athletic trainer Rebecca Vozzo manages all daily athletic training room operations, including injury management and rehabilitation and ensuring medical coverage for all our men’s lacrosse student-athletes.
The mission of the University of Virginia Sport Psychology unit is to promote mental well-being, safety, and optimal performance in all aspects of student-athlete life. We respect and sustain our student-athletes’ autonomy, resiliency, and confidentiality. We provide confidential one-to-one meetings for members of all 27 of our Division-I sports. Through enhancing student-athletes' ability to embrace challenges successfully, we help optimize their experience in their roles as students, as athletes, and as community members. We also lead team meetings and consult with coaches and other support staff to enhance performance, communication, and coping skills of our entire Athletics Department. Our model of having two full-time licensed sport psychologists "in-house" in the athletics department is one of only four of its kind in the nation and sets the standard for other Division-I schools.
Located in the foothills of Virginia‘s Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is home to more than 43,475 residents with a metropolitan population nearing 200,000. Charlottesville is a small, thriving city, 120 miles from Washington, D.C.
The downtown area is an 18-block, brick-paved pedestrian mall with more than 30 outdoor cafes and restaurants, numerous modern theaters as well as several music venues. From April through October, Charlottesville celebrates Fridays After Five downtown, with free live music at its amphitheater, the Charlottesville Pavilion. Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena hosts a number of attractions including concerts, family shows and community events. Performers like the Rolling Stones, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Charlottesville‘s own Dave Matthews Band have all been a part of the town’s music scene.
The countryside around Charlottesville and the neighboring areas, especially in the spring and fall, ranks among the most beautiful sites in the nation. For the outdoor lovers, there are plenty of hiking trails and vineyards to explore. The region is rich in history and offers numerous Civil War sites in addition to the homes of three early American Presidents – Monticello, home of the University's founder, Thomas Jefferson, Ashlawn-Highlands, home of James Monroe, and Montpelier, home of James Madison.
For years, Charlottesville has been chosen as one of the best places to live in the United States. It has been named: Best college town in the country by Traveler‘s Today; best town for food lovers by Wine Magazine; the country's favorite mountain town by Travel & Leisure; and most recently, the ‘Happiest City’ in America by US National Bureau of Economic Research.
Virginia has many traditions held dear by Cavalier fans and alums that originated from its athletics program. The school colors of orange and blue are proudly displayed everywhere around Grounds and in Charlottesville. Cavaliers, Wahoos and Hoos are used interchangeably to refer to the University teams and players. Cavman, the beloved mascot of UVA, is a crowd favorite. Singing “The Good Old Song” is a tradition that dates back to the 1890s when fans welcomed back a victorious football team and it is still sung today when the Cavaliers score at football games and at the conclusion of all athletics contests as well as other University functions.
The passionate fan base is very vocal and loyal, while the ‘HooCrew,’ the UVA student fan group, won the 2015 Naismith Award for the nation’s best men's basketball student section. Wahoowa!