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Lars' October Newsletter

Message from Lars Tiffany

It is mid-October and we are in the thick of Fall Lacrosse. We are on the practice field every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and we supplement this with an additional session, typically on a Thursday. Thursdays have also included our time in the Life Skills Room as we focus on team mindset and culture. The summer reading book The Boys in The Boat and the main character Joe Rantz guide our discussions. Highly interactive and engaged discussions characterize these days. The discourse is bringing out into the open many topics that have or will impact our team and individual performances, such as emotional fortitude and decision-making as if you only had “one shot”. The building and the bonding continues.

We learned a great deal from our scrimmage versus Penn State up in Washington, D.C. The new shot clock rule is a welcome addition to the college lacrosse game: there is now a known, a consistency with the timing of offensive possessions that alleviates the pressure officials previously faced of enforcing a hybrid shot clock. In addition, the spectators and teams can clearly see when a shot must be on-cage. The 80-second shot clock does not force all teams into one style: there is still enough time for wholesale substitutions and specialization if that is what a staff determines is best for their team, while the faster-paced teams can certainly enjoy quicker changes in possession and employing their systems. The smaller substitution box, along with an additional 5 yard coaches-only area, is also helpful! Transition offense will be less impacted by quick offense-to-defense substitutions than it has been the past 6 years. Interestingly, there was not one dive play in the contest versus Penn State: more to come on the impact of this rejuvenated offensive tactic. Each team held several vital players out of the scrimmage, but there was plenty of talent on the field and the 5 quarters of action was both entertaining and educational. We did not keep an overall score: the scoreboard was reset to zero-zero at the start of each quarter. For those who were able to make it to Georgetown Prep for the Bob Kemp Lacrosse Classic, thank you for joining us. We had a great turnout and the proceeds are funding a scholarship for a 7th grade boy to attend the Washington Jesuit Academy. We will look into joining this event again in the future.

Next up for our team is our Alumni Game Friday, October 19. We want you back in Charlottesville this weekend! The more challenges we can encounter, the more we will grow as a program. No matter how long it has been since you picked up your stick, we would love to have you suit up and take, at the very least, a few runs up and down the field. After the game Rob Schmalz ’90 will feed the Alumni crew. Kip Turner ’07 has organized a great Saturday, with an awards banquet and golf outing out in Crozet at Old Trail. See you soon! Also, it is Inauguration Weekend here! The 9th university presidential inauguration commences at 3:00pm Friday on the Lawn.

Homecomings, held this past weekend , witnessed several alums come out to our Friday practice, including Punch Peterson ’61 and Roddy Rullman ’75. Homecomings also marked the unveiling of the Virginia Athletics Master Plan, a component of the Honor the Future campaign. Our Athletic Director Carla Williams hosted this special kick-off event at the Farmington Country Club Friday Night. There is much to be done in order to realize the completion of the finest facilities. Our program, our alumni, our fans and our parent base: all of us will be asked to support this project. We will be moving into the temporary “Training Grounds” next month: we must ensure that the next move our men make (four years from now) is into an elite setting. More information will be shared soon on this critical need. This past weekend was capped off in tremendous fashion with the football team’s victory of Miami: many of our men were a part of the celebratory storming of the field at Scott Stadium.

The quest for employment with our fourth-years has already been successful for two of our men as Ryan Conrad ‘19 (Credit Suisse) and Lawson Pisani ’19 (Needham and Company) have secured investment banking positions commencing next summer in New York City. Thank you for all who have helped our men understand the opportunities ahead of themselves and the requirements they must pursue in order to create their own network. VLAN has been a tremendous asset for all of us, and it is highly regarded by our recruits and their parents as I proudly brag of its relevance and importance. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experiences with us.

Service Notes: The Wakely Flyers took to their bikes again this September and rode 75 miles in support of Chris and his family in the battle vs. M.S… The Special Olympics 10k run, held a week later this year due to Hurricane Florence, found our men all over the course as they manned intersections, parking and water stations… The Will Barrow Memorial Flag Football Tournament is growing in scope this year, with additional funds being raised for Harlem Lacrosse: the WB23 event (November 10-11 weekend) has already raised over $10,000!

Posted: 10/16/2018 at 11:27AM


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