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Lars Tiffany and the Virginia Cavaliers started off the 2024 cycle with a bang, landing St. John’s (D.C.) attackman Ryan Duenkel on Sunday afternoon.
The 5-foot-8, 162-pound attackman is ranked as the No. 1 player in the class by Inside Lacrosse.
Duenkel is the second player in the class to announce a commitment since September 1st, following his high school and club teammate LSM Henry Weller who committed to Michigan earlier on Sunday.
Having been on the radar and heralded as one of the best attackmen in the class for sometime, Dueknel led the Cadets in points (20G/38A) as a freshman and followed that performance up with an 80-point (51G/29A) sophomore campaign in which helped the Cadets to a 19-0 season and WCAC title this past spring. He missed summer ball due to injury.
An electric playmaker, Duenkel has shown to be a danger in many facets of the game. And especially so a goal-scorer who seemingly knows how to find his way to and put the ball in the back of the cage from nearly anywhere on the field.
Hailing from Great Falls, Va., Duenkel has immense ties to the Commonwealth’s flagship university. He brother, Justin, is on the Cavaliers’ football roster as a kicker. His dad, Doug, also played football for the Cavaliers.