Notes: Stanwick Shows Passing Touch

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Steele Stanwick has dished out 35 assists this season.

In sports it’s obvious when certain players simply have a knack for something, like a running back finding the hole or a shooter that rarely misses. In the case of Virginia lacrosse, when you think of guys that could put the ball in the cage maybe someone like Matt Poskay comes to mind. Well when you think of passing, there’s Steele Stanwick.

The junior attackman, to put it simply, just has a feel for finding open teammates. He can pass on the move or standing still. He can pass from behind the cage, around the crease, or on the wings. He can pass with either hand. And most of the time, the passes are so accurate the recipient doesn’t have to do much beyond catch and shoot.

Just ask Chris Bocklet, who leads the Cavaliers with 41 goals.

“He’s the best player I’ve ever played with just simply because he always has his head up when he’s dodging and he has the ability to dodge and feed. Usually, there are just players that dodge and go to the goal, but he can pass, he can feed, and he’s just got great vision,” Bocklet said. “He’s such a team player that he makes everyone around him better. Especially me. I have to give all of my credit to Steele He’s been a great leader for me. … He pretty much puts it in your stick every time.”

That’s certainly been true in the postseason so far. In the first round against Bucknell, Stanwick finished with 3 goals and 5 assists with much of that damage coming during the Hoos’ fourth quarter rally when he had the score or the assist on six of the team’s last seven goals. Against Cornell in the quarterfinals, the Cav standout was at it again when he had 3 goals and 4 assists. Once again, much of the production came during a critical stage; after UVa trailed 4-1, it rattled off nine unanswered goals and Stanwick scored or assisted on five of them.

All in all, the junior has a total of 15 points so far this postseason, which matches his 2009 tournament total from three games. He also is just seven points shy of