Virginia Lacrosse Notes: Superglue Guy Jeff Conner

Virginia Jeff Conner
Lars Tiffany said that Jeff Conner (No. 4) is “quiet, but boy he gets it done.” ~ Photo courtesy of Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Virginia lacrosse midfielder Jeff Conner doesn’t always get the same headlines as some of his record-breaking or decorated teammates. He’s not a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist or the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament like Connor Shellenberger. He’s not the program’s all-time points or groundballs leader like Matt Moore and Petey LaSalla.

That’s just fine with him, though. Conner told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that his goal was to be a “glue guy” for his team. More like super glue.

“He is so important to us because of what he does at both ends of the field,” Virginia coach Lars Tiffany said. “He truly is a two-way middie. … Jeff Conner knows our defense. He knows our offense. He’s very important to us on both ends of the field. The slickness and savviness he plays with. Yeah, he’s a heck of a glue guy. Jeff Connor is one of the – he’s not the headline guy. He won’t be the second choice or the third choice in the PLL Draft like a Matt Moore could be this summer or Connor Shellenberger one day, but he’s invaluable to us. There’s no question what he can do for us and what he can do to the opponent at both ends of the field.”

Conner posted 11 goals and 15 assists in 11 games this season for UVA. His shots on goal percentage of 73.3% is among the team leaders. He also had 12 groundballs.