LEXINGTON, Va. – Following a number of postseason awards after his stellar career, VMI lacrosse defender Kyle Walsh ‘19 was named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State team Thursday afternoon.
The VaSID university division consists of the four NCAA Division I lacrosse programs in the Commonwealth including Hampton, Richmond, University of Virginia and VMI. Walsh was one of two athletes represented on the team not from UVA, which is coming off an ACC title and NCAA championship run. Mitch Savoca of Richmond was the other non-UVA member listed on the team.
Recently named to the active roster for the Atlanta Blaze of the Major Lacrosse League (MLL), Walsh was named a first team All-Southern Conference defender for the second straight season as he finished his illustrious VMI career ranked No. 2 all-time in the record book in career groundballs with 253. He also finished second in the nation in caused turnovers per game with 3.23 per match.
A team captain, Walsh started all 13 games and ranked first on the team in both groundballs (62) and caused turnovers (42). He scored three goals on the year and tallied three assists for six points, the most of his VMI career for a season.
The Easton, Pennsylvania, native led VMI's defensive unit that ranked second in the league in caused turnovers per game averaging 10.31 per match (134 over 13 games). Walsh also ranked fifth in the conference in groundballs per game by averaging 5.0 per match (65 groundballs over 13 games).
Midfielder Ryan Conrad of UVA was named Player of the Year, freshman teammate Petey LaSalla was named Rookie of the Year and UVA head coach Lars Tiffany was tabbed as Coach of the Year.
VaSID All State Player of the Year
Midfielder – Ryan Conrad -- University of Virginia
VaSID All State Rookie of the Year
Midfielder – Petey LaSalla - University of Virginia
VaSID All State Coach of the Year
Lars Tiffany -- University of Virginia
VaSID University Division All-State Men's Lacrosse Team
Attack – Michael Kraus -- University of Virginia
Attack – Ian Laviano -- University of Virginia
Attack – Matt Moore -University of Virginia
Midfielder – Dox Aitken - University of Virginia
Midfielder – Ryan Conrad - University of Virginia
Midfielder – Mitch Savoca -University of Richmond
Defense – Logan Greco - University of Virginia
Defense – Cade Saustad - University of Virginia
Defense – Kyle Walsh - Virginia Military Institute
Long Stick – Jared Conners -- University of Virginia
Face-Off – Petey LaSalla - University of Virginia
Goalie – Alex Rode - University of Virginia