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Lars Tiffany and the Virginia Cavaliers got the holiday week started off with a boom as a pair of talented offensive weapons have joined the Cavaliers’ 2023 class.
On Monday night, Virginia received a verbal commitment from Benjamin School (Fla.) senior midfielder Luke Pisani and on Tuesday night Episcopal (Va.) junior attackman Caulley Deringer announced his plans to play for the Commonwealth’s flagship school. Both are rated as four-star players by Inside Lacrosse.
The pair give the Cavaliers six commitments in the class and four on the offensive end of the field.
Pisani originally committed to Army West Point last fall as a member of the 2022 class before decommitting and reclassifying. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound midfielder is an exceptional athlete who can prove to be a matchup nightmare for defenders, especially as a downhill dodger. Often playing a pretty gritty style of lacrosse, Pisani can also be an impact in between the lines in the riding game and on the back end as a short-stick defender if needed.
Joining Will Erdmann (Brunswick, Conn.) and Willis Burt (Haveford, Pa.), Pisani adds another athletic body to what is an impressive midfield haul for the Cavaliers this cycle.
While not the biggest player out there, the lefty Deringer has one of the smoothest releases in high school lacrosse and knows how to get himself open, and put the ball in the back of the net. He also has a good amount of burst and quickness that he is able to tap into when needed, which can make him a difficult cover whether he has the ball in his stick or not. He helped lead his high school team to a Virginia state championship this past spring.
Deringer is currently the only attackman in the class for the Cavaliers, but the second in-state get along with Collegiate (Va.) LSM/D Eli Petty.