Virginia Adds In-State Defenseman to 2022 Class

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Head coach Lars Tiffany and the Virginia Cavaliers picked up a commitment in the 2022 class on Friday, as Riverside, Va. defenseman John Schroter announced his commitment to the 2019 NCAA champs. The in-state product is the third commitment in the class for the Cavaliers, joining Georgetown Prep., DC, faceoff man Mac Eldridge and Gilman, Md., goalie Kyle Morris.

Schroter announced his commitment via Instagram.

“Virginia was my No. 1 from the start. It’s academics, athletics, and proximity are unbeatable,” Schroter said. “For me it means the world having the privilege and opportunity to play for such a talented and coachable team.”

The Cavaliers staff initially reached out to the in-state product on September 1st, which was the first day that college coaches could contact 2022 recruits. Schroter stated that he has been having consistent conversations with head coach Lars Tiffany and defensive assistant Kip Turner since, and that he has also talked to multiple players.

While no official visits are being had at the moment due to the Coronavirus, Schroter, who has an older sibling that attends UVA, said that he has been to Virginia multiple times and has done a virtual tour of campus. “I am lucky enough to be familiar with school because my sister attends it and I have been in and out of the Charlottesville area consistently,” said Schroter.

At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, the lefty is a big, physical defenseman who knows how to put the ball on the carpet and has a nose for the ball. As a freshman during the 2019 season, Schroter scooped up 38 ground balls and dished out two assist while helping the Rams to a 18-2 record and VHSL 4A State Championship. Named a First Team All-State defensive selection following that season, he was the only freshman to receive All-State honors.

Schroter was not able to play at al this spring, due to the VHSL cancelling spring sports before they even got started due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

While summer lacrosse was played this year, Schroter stated that things did certainly feel different than normal, but at the end of the day it was still lacrosse being played. “Going to practice and leaving with masks on. Having limited number of spectators on the sidelines. Also not doing fist bumps at the end of games definitely felt weird,” Schroter said. “However, once games started everyone was locked in and nothing was different.”

Coming into his junior season, the defenseman said that his main goal is to just be as coachable as possible so that he can improve and reach his potential as a player. “For me, I truly have just started and will need all the help from my teammates and Coaches to become the best player I can be, and to always compete at the highest level.”

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