It seems that every week there are many stellar goalie performances. After making 21 saves in wins against Liberty and BYU this week, Virginia Tech’s senior goalie, Hunter LeClair, has earned the Varsity Club Lacrosse Performance of the Week. In addition, LeClair is recognized as the MCLA Division 1 PEARL Goalie of the Week for his stellar performances.
Often, people give the most praise to the players who score the most goals. However, they must look closer at the specialist positions, like goalie. Without LeClair’s monstrous games in the net, the Virginia Tech Hokies most likely would not have come out on top in both games.
After combining for a grand total of 42 saves between two games, LeClair only allowed 13 goals and posted a 6.5-goals-against average. This surely suggests that his efforts were of the most prominent in close wins against then No. 1 BYU, 11-8, and No. 4 Liberty, 8-5.
LeClair’s lock-down play this past week helped Virginia Tech move into the No. 1 overall ranking in MCLA Division 1. The Hokies play in the Atlantic Lacrosse Conference, including other top teams such as Liberty, Clemson and James Madison.
The senior netminder is a native of Manassas, VA, and attended Stonewall Jackson High School, which has since been renamed Unity Reed High School. At Virginia Tech, LeClair majors in Material Science and Engineering. LeClair fits a phenomenal student-athlete mold taking on a challenging major and a competitive lacrosse career simultaneously. As noted by his coach, he is an integral part of the team and a player that they will rely on to make a run in the postseason.
Each week, Guardian Sports nominates two MCLA players as their PEARL Lacrosse players of the week. They take one MCLA Division 1 player and one from MCLA Division 2. The players receive a package from the company that contains one of their signature Guardian PEARL lacrosse balls which never grease. Certainly, this recognition is a great incentive to play well and earn some free gear.
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