Virginia goalie Bobby Gavin has officially transferred to Syracuse following his freshman season with the Cavaliers. Gavin has three years of eligibility remaining.
Gavin was only in the transfer portal for five days before committing to Syracuse. The Syracuse program was certainly in the spotlight this offseason, gaining Gary Gait and Dave Pietramala to its coaching staff. With no real strong goalie presence on the Syracuse roster, Gavin will instantly be competing for the starting job.
The culture shift that comes with a new coaching staff and the potential to start right away were certainly main factors to Gavin’s commitment.
Gavin was a four-star recruit coming out of Torrey Pines High School in California where he shined on the West Coast. He was a member of the Under Armour All-America West Team and was an Adrenaline All-American. He had originally committed to play for Towson University before flipping his commitment to the Cavaliers during his senior year.
During his time at Virginia, Bobby Gavin appeared in eight games, including two starts. Gavin finished the season with a 50% save percentage with most of his saves coming in his two starts. He also was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week off of an impressive performance against Army in which he tallied 13 saves in his first career start.
Virginia head coach Lars Tiffany had nothing but good things to say about Gavin during his time with the Cavaliers.
“Infectious optimism and energy … Has committed himself to be the very best he can be by making rarely seen sacrifices amongst his peer group,” Tiffany said.
Bobby Gavin will certainly look to make his impact felt on day one as he certainly is in the running for the starting job.
Now for the other lacrosse news from the week of Dec. 21-27, 2021.
Last Week In Lacrosse
Stinson Mellor Lacrosse has raised $50,043 to be donated to the victims of the Oxford High School shooting. The money was raised after Stinson Mellor launched an Oxford lacrosse apparel store in which all the proceeds would go to the victims.
Virginia received the No. 1 spot in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20. Both Yale and Penn broke the top 10 after not competing the last two years due to Ivy League COVID-19 rules.
The NLL has postponed Week 5 of the regular season due to COVID-19 concerns. Week 6 of the NLL is still expected to commence on January 7-8, with Week 5’s contests being rescheduled to a later date.
Many IBLA box lacrosse clubs have announced they will be competing in the newly-founded North American Box Lacrosse League during the 2022 season.
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2022 NAIA MEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON PREVIEW & OFFSEASON UPDATES
The NAIA Lax Updates podcast returns featuring Jon Vance and Tucker La Belle discussing everything NAIA lacrosse.
Josh Russell featured 2019 NLL MVP Dane Dobbie in last week’s player profile.
ALL OR NOTHING: THE NLL TEAMS WINLESS OR UNDEFEATED SO FAR
Ryan Conwell takes a look at the undefeated and the winless teams in the NLL to determine if each club is deserving of its record.