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Lars' August News Letter

The men return to Grounds next week in preparation for the start of classes Tuesday, August 27th. The men will be busy right away, starting Friday, August 23rd on Move-In Day. Our upperclassmen will again be volunteering their strength and assistance at the first-year dormitories as they help families with the haul of luggage out of vehicles and up to their son or daughter’s room. We will hold the annual Move-In Day BBQ at the Park later that afternoon. The next day, all first-years and their families are coming together at the home of Kim and Chuck Cory out in Afton for a lunch and discussion with Holly Deering, a representative of UVA’s Gordie Center. Later that day, Chris Herren (former professional basketball player and drug addict) will be presenting his story and message to the entire team. The first date of tryouts will be Friday, August 30th.

Ryan Pride ’21, Drew Fox ’94, my daughter Charlotte and I shared in an experience we will never forget. On July 24th, former University of Virginia men’s lacrosse player and captain Harry Gaver ’39 was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Harry, a United States Marine, was killed while aboard the USS Oklahoma on the morning of December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His remains were recently identified thanks to advanced scientific equipment and the U.S. military’s commitment to bringing every man and woman home. We were fortunate to witness this Marine Corps burial, an event that creates a whirlwind of emotions: sorrow, pride, awe and many others. How fortunate we are to be associated with such a man and to know he has been honored by Virginia Lacrosse for over half a century thanks to the Harry Gaver Leadership Award. Further depth into Harry’s story can be found at

Mentioning awards, our staff would like to learn more about the history of our program. We have not yet been able to discover consistent sources to learn of previous team award winners prior to 1992. If you have information or sources, we would greatly appreciate anything you can share. Also, any old films or media guides that you are willing to part with would be fantastic. Recently, our staff watched portions of the 1972 championship victory over Johns Hopkins thanks to Doug Tarring ’72.

Seen on that film is a man we recently lost. Peter Eldridge ’72 passed away last week. A two-time First-Team All-American midfielder, Pete was an integral member of two championship teams (1970, 1972). Unfortunately, I do not have any information about his circumstances other than he had been living in California.

Our 2019 Season Celebration will be the weekend of September 20 – 22. A full slate of activities is planned, starting with Friday golf at Farmington, alumni scrimmage and post-game meet the team / trophy. Saturday will include a career-mentoring session, football game and the formal ring ceremony and more. We will provide a link soon for sign-ups for the weekend’s activities. Exact timing details for Saturday will not be known until September due to the decision-making process with college football game times.

Additional Notes: Our coaching staff is growing! Cameron McBride Kirwan was born Saturday, August 10 at the UVA hospital. Taylor and baby are both doing really well and are now home… The Wakely Flyers will jump on their bikes and once again ride in The City to Shore event Saturday, September 21st… Harlem Lacrosse’s annual event is Thursday, September 26 at the Lighthouse on Chelsea Piers 61… Joe French ’17 organized a packed-house fundraiser for One Love last month in Washington, D.C…. The ACC Network is coming August 22 … September 1 and the commencement of the recruitment of the high school class of 2021 is right around the corner.

Posted: 08/14/2019 at 12:10PM


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