Virginia Announces 2012-2013 Recruiting Class

Scales is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman from Denver, Colo. Inside Lacrosse ranks him as the No. 8 rising senior. He is an All-American and an Under Armour All-Star. He was named the New England Defender of the Year at Salisbury in Connecticut. He currently attends Regis Jesuit in his home state of Colorado, the same school as current Cavaliers Rhody Heller and Tanner Ottenbreit. Scales also played hockey at Salisbury, earning all-state honors as a sophomore.

Smith is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenseman from Dover, Mass. He is an Under Armour All-Star out of the Holderness School, earning first-team all-league honors. He averaged nearly eight ground balls a game as a junior.

Wood is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound attackman and midfielder from Aurora, Ill. He was an All-American and an Under-Armour All-Star in 2010 and 2011. He is an all-state performer at Metea Valley High School, leading the state of Illinois in points in 2009 (108) and 2010 (108). He currently is the all-time leading scorer for the state of Illinois with 235 goals, 96 assists and 331 career points through three seasons. He also plays football and was listed as a Top 50 football player on both offense and defense in DuPage County in 2010.

"I would also like to use this opportunity to continue to impress on young, aspiring lacrosse players that it is not a coincidence that each of these signees is a multi-sport athlete," said Starsia. "The qualities of teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline and commitment are forged and strengthened on the playing fields, courts and rinks in the fall and winter.

"I still recall high school football as one of my fondest athletic memories and I applauded Tanner's playing for the first time this fall, Zach's perseverance with a new program, encouraged Dan to continue, watched Will switch from football to soccer, Matt from tailback to QB and highlights of a game-saving, tackle by James (Dahlheimer). Carlson helped lift a team that had been racked by injury and James (Pannell) played his final game in the throes of a wild, winter storm. We talked Michael from college soccer to lacrosse and Dickson from one stick (hockey) to another. There are memories here that will last a lifetime and skill sets that will enhance their college lacrosse careers. This is the caliber of student-athletes we are always looking for here at the University of Virginia."

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