Griffin Schutz helps Virginia to NCAA quarterfinals

Griffin Schutz has helped two-time defending NCAA Division I champion Virginia reach the quarterfinals.

Griffin Schutz has helped two-time defending NCAA Division I champion Virginia reach the quarterfinals.

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Griffin Schutz of Trumbull is making his mark with the University of Virginia’s men’s lacrosse team.

Schutz has scored 21 goals with six assists for coach Lars Tiffany’s Cavaliers, who are seeking to become just the third NCAA men’s lacrosse program to win three consecutive national titles (Princeton,1996-98; Johns Hopkins 1978-80).

Virginia won titles in 2019, 2021. Unseeded for the third time in 41 NCAA appearances, UVA made it nine consecutive NCAAA tourney wins when it defeated Brown 17-10 in the first round Saturday.

The 12-3 Cavaliers will play No. 1 Maryland (14-0) in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 2:30. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

“Difficult to put in a box: offensive players with his power and size are not supposed to be as skilled nor possess such soft hands and touch,” Tiffany said of Schultz on “He dodges like a bulldozer, finishes like a marksman…Has both midfielder and attackman attributes, and will be utilized at both positions.”

The No. 1 overall prospect in the nation according to Inside Lacrosse’s Power 100 Incoming Freshmen rankings, Schutz scored UVA’s first goal of the season in its 21-11 season-opening win over Air Force. He registered his first career hat trick in Virginia’s 20-11 win over then-No. 9 Syracuse (Feb. 26).

Schutz played one season at Trumbull High, where he recorded 73 goals and 43 assists. Then he moved on to Deerfield Academy. Team captain as a senior, Schutz led Deerfield to the 2021 National title. The National team All-Star Game MVP, Schutz was also named to the All-New England Prep team.

“Immediately you look at him, and physically he jumps of the page — 6-3, 220-plus and fit. But when you peel back the layers from a lacrosse standpoint his hands are fantastic,” Virginia offensive coordinator Sean Kirwan reported to Inside Lacrosse. “You expect a bruiser, but he’s as much a finesse lacrosse player as you can find. He catches everything, he’s very two-handed.”

The son of Penny and Glenn Schutz, he is studying in UVA’s College of Arts and Sciences. His brother Tom played lacrosse at Southern New Hampshire University (2015-19). Twitter: @blox354