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The contact period for the class of 2024 opened just 20 days ago on September, 1st. In essence, it is still very early on in the cycle. However, 20 days has still past and in that time 93 players (as of writing this) have committed to play for DI programs.
At Virginia, Lars Tiffany and Company have brought in six commitments to help form what has been one of the best classes thus far. Part of what makes this Virginia class so special is the offensive talent that headlines in.
Virginia got its 2024 class underway on September 4th with the commitment of St. John’s (D.C.) attackman Ryan Duenkel, who is ranked as the No. 1 player in the class by Inside Lacrosse. The Cavaliers followed that up with verbals on the offensive end from Ridgefield (Conn.) attackman Kyle Colsey and Episcopal Dallas (Texas) A/M Sean Browne. The trio gives the Cavaliers arguably the best offensive haul of the ’24 cycle thus far.
The aforementioned Duenkel is coming off a sophomore spring campaign in which he put up 80 points off 51 goals and 29 assists while helping the Cadets to a 19-0 season and WCAC title. A proven playmaker, Duenkel has especially shown to be 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. Primarily and X-attackman, the 5-foot-8, 162-pounder also exhibits good vision and feeding ability, as well as overall lacrosse IQ.
Colsey is another player who’s name carried with extremely high regard and has been on the radar for quite some time. Ranked as the No. 4 player in the class by IL, the lefty attackman is coming off a spring campaign in which he tallied 95 points (56G/39A). Colsey’s greatest attribute is his ability to get to the rack. Whether beating the defense with his speed or fighting through contact, the 5-foot-9,155-pound attackman finds a way to finish.
Browne, who is also a five-star and ranked as the No. 17 player in the class by IL, was one of the 20 players I named as top players from the South. Having a basketball background, the 6-foot-5 junior moves incredibly well, has a great first step, and possesses some of the best physical attributes of anyone in the class. A very strong dodger who knows how to get open from anywhere, Browne put up 56 goals and 40 assists last spring. Able to play both attack and midfield, he will likely be slotted at the latter position in college.
In addition to the three offensive standouts, Virginia has also gained commitments from Daphne (Ala.) goalie Troy Capstraw and a pair of defensemen in Luke Jamin (Rumson Fair Haven, N.J.) and Tommy Snyder (St. Anthony’s, N.Y.).