(Photo Courtesy of Ashby Webber/Walton Lacrosse)
Chris Feifs and the Vermont Catamounts picked up a late add in the 2022 class on Thursday night as Walton (Ga.) attackman Lee Butler announced that he would be taking his talents to Burlington.
The Peach State native is the 14th commitment in the class and fourth attackman, joining Caden Padelford (Wahconah Regional, Mass.), Carson Boyle (Paul VI, Va.), and Hayden Fruhling (Byrham Hills, N.Y.).
“I really like the campus, the feel of the school, the coaching staff, and the culture the players have built at Vermont,” Butler told Lacrosse Bucket in a message.
Vermont first made contact with Butler back in October and was able to get him on campus for a visit later that month just before Halloween. “Burlington is a beautiful college town surrounded by incredible mountains and Lake Champlain,” Butler said.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound attackman has been a varsity starter since his freshman season and been the team’s leader in points and goals each of his three seasons thus far. That includes racking up 115 points during his freshman and sophomore seasons alone. He surpassed 176 career points last spring as a junior.
Bulter possesses a diverse skillset that should translate well to the college game, having one heck of a shot and also being able to get to the rack from practically anywhere on the field. He also often exhibits tremendous vision and lacrosse IQ as someone who often knows right where to put the ball as a passer, and where to be at the right time.
“UVM likes to play fast and physical. They like size and speed on offense and try to take advantage of odd man breaks by pushing the ball up the field quickly. They feel like my vision will be an asset that compliments their style.”
Last spring, Butler helped lead Walton to an 11-7 season that ended in the first round of the GHSA 6A-7A state tournament. Butler says his main goal this spring is to help lead the Warriors claim the state title as they did during his freshman season in 2019.
Bulter plans to put pen to paper and officially sign with the Catamounts next signing period.