Six Cavaliers, Terps Earn Preseason All-America Honors

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Six members of the 2011 Virginia men's lacrosse squad have received preseason All-America accolades from Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook. Only Syracuse boasts more first-team and overall All-Americans on the list than UVa. Maryland also has six named on the list, while North Carolina, Notre Dame and Stony Brook also have two players with first-team nods.

Headlining the list for the Cavaliers on the first-team are Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) at attack and Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) at midfield. Stanwick was a USILA second-team All-American in 2010, while Bratton earned his second-straight USILA first-team All-American nod.

Chris Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) was named to the third-team at attack after earning USILA Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2010 when he became the first Cavalier to score at least 50 goals in a season since Doug Knight tallied 56 in 1996. Rhamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) was also named to the third-team at midfield after he was a USILA second-team All-American in 2010.

Rounding out the list for UVa on the honorable mention team is midfielder Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) and goalie Adam Ghitelman (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.). LaPierre is the only UVa player mentioned on the Face-Off Yearbook list that didn't earn honors from the USILA in 2010. Ghitelman was a third-team USILA All-American and MVP of the ACC Tournament in 2010.

The 2011 Face-Off Yearbook has given Virginia a preseason ranking of No. 2, trailing only Syracuse, the winners of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA titles.

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COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Senior attackman Grant Catalino headlines a group of six Maryland men's lacrosse players that were named to the annual Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-America teams.

Catalino earned a first team selection, while senior defender Brett Schmidt and senior attackman Ryan Young were second and third team honorees, respectively. Sophomore midfielder John Haus, senior long pole Brian Farrell and senior defender Max Schmidt were honorable mention selections.

Catalino, a native of Webster, N.Y., earns was a second All-America honor after leading the Terps in goals (34) and points (54) in 2010. He finished his third season as a Terp with the fourth-best point total in his first three seasons since freshman records were first kept in 1970 with 143 points. That total ranks Catalino 21st on the career points list at Maryland, while his 88 career goals ties him for 15th on that all-time list. Catalino's 54 points were the most by a Terrapin player since 2006. This is the third time Catalino has been named to the preseason All-America list, earning honorable mention honors prior to the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Catalino is the first Terp to be a first team preseason All-American since 2007 when defenders Ray Megill and Steve Whittenberg were first team selections.

Brett Schmidt, a native of Dublin, Pa., was a third team USILA All-American and a LaxPower All-American after his breakthrough junior season. A shut down defender for the majority of last year, Schmidt led the Terps with 28 caused turnovers and finished tied for fifth on the team with 36 groundballs. Schmidt helped lead a Terrapin defense that finished the season ranked first in caused turnovers per game in the NCAA (11.38) and seventh in groundballs per game (36.06). He was a preseason honorable mention All-American prior to the 2010 season.

Young, a native of Manhasset, N.Y., was an honorable mention All-American last season after leading the team with 30 assists, the first time any Terp has reached that mark since 2006. Last season, Young ranked ninth in the NCAA in assists per game (1.88). He finished second on the team in points with 48 and was third on the team with 18 goals. Young also led all Terp offensive players with 37 groundballs. This is Young's third time on the preseason All-America list. He was a honorable mention selection in 2009 and was a third team pick prior to the 2010 season.

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