(Photo: Troy Capstraw/Instagram)
Lars Tiffany and the Virginia Cavaliers landed their second commitment of the 2024 cycle last Thursday as Daphne (Ala.) goalie Troy Capstraw verbaled to the Wahoos. Capstraw joins St. John’s (D.C.) attackman Ryan Duenkel in the class.
His commitment came following a two-day visit to Charlottesville the weekend prior where he was shown around by sophomore goalie Matthew Nunes. Capstraw also took visits to North Carolina, Duke, and Jacksonville before pulling the trigger on the Cavaliers.
“I chose to commit to the University of Virginia because I love the location and feel of the
grounds,” Capstraw told Lacrosse Bucket. “It is the school I always wanted to
attend and play lacrosse for but, unsure if I could truly get there. They have seven NCAA
National Championships! A storied academic school and lacrosse tradition. I want to be
a part of the tradition! I want to play on Memorial Day weekend!”
The 6-foot-5 keeper, who described his style of play as “athletic, aggressive and fast,” takes up the cage with his size while also having extremely quick hands. He is rated as a four-star by Inside Lacrosse.
An Alabama native, Capstraw began playing lacrosse at the age of eight in his home state before moving and playing in the Northern Virginia area from 2015-2019. He plays for the Lower Alabama Bayhawks Club in the Gulf South Lacrosse League during the spring and plays for Virginia Lacrosse Club and the North Carolina-based Nationals Lacrosse Club in the summer. He and his father relocate to the Old Dominion State and live in a small room above a Baptist Church during the club season so he can remain playing in those elite tournaments on the east coast.
This past spring, Capstraw helped lead his Bayhawks team to a GSLL title and was named a First-Team All-Star.
Capstraw is one of two elite goalie recruits from the state of Alabama in as many years, along with 2023 Georgetown commit Anderson Moore. Capstraw is the highest regarded player to ever come out of coastal region of the state.
“It means HARD work pays off,” Capstraw said of being a sought-after recruit from a non-traditional era. “It proves the fact you don’t have to be from a hotbed to
play in college…I play the same tournaments on the same elite level and on the same teams as players from Annapolis and Baltimore and Long Island. I compete with and against the best. I train strength, speed and agility, at minimum, four days a week and play wallball or shoot or save tennis balls almost every day.”
Capstraw said that moving forward towards his junior season, he is focused on helping his team defend its GSLL title. He also mentioned that he wants to get more involved in youth coach with Lower Alabama Lacrosse saying, “I would like to see other South Alabama
kids make it to where I am…I want to pass my knowledge and love of the game to others and
hopefully help them become better players.”