Loyola grad Steele Stanwick, here playing for Virginia in a… (File photo/Baltimore Sun )
Steele Stanwick, a two-time Towson Times/Baltimore Messenger Player of the Year and the reigning Tewaaraton Award winner, has given University of Virginia coach Dom Starsia plenty of reasons to praise him during his four-year career in Charlottesville.
On Saturday, the Loyola Blakefield grad gave his coach a couple of hundred more when he joined the elite 100/100 club in Division I lacrosse as the top-ranked Cavaliers (3-0) dismissed Stony Brook, 12-5, at Klöckner Stadium.
The senior attackman scored two goals and added three assists to become the third Cavalier, the seventh player in the ACC and the 44th player in the nation all-time to register 100 career goals and 100 career assists at the Division-I level.
The Roland Park resident joins Calvert Hall alumnus Kevin Pehlke (1990-93) and Danny Glading (2006-09) as the only other Cavaliers in the exclusive club.
"It's one of the joys of my job that I get to work with young men like Steele Stanwick," Starsia said in a press release from the school. "He's a really special kid, on and off the field. It happens to be that he's a great lacrosse player, but he's also a great guy. I've been blessed with a long career filled with good guys, but Steele is on the short list of the very best guys I've ever been around.
"His game is just so balanced, but his greatest skill is that he makes the people around him better," Starsia added. "For an offensive playmaker, that's important. We work well on offense because of Steele Stanwick. Players know that if they move smartly and in a meaningful way, they know they'll get the ball back in a better spot. He's our trigger, and our offense is in good hands."
Stanwick led Loyola to back-to-back Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles in 2007-08, compiling career totals (123 goals and 108 assists) similar to what he has produced in college.
He scored nine goals and added 12 assists against Bucknell, Cornell, Denver and Maryland in the playoffs last spring, culminating in the NCAA Division-I championship at M&T Bank Stadium.
Stanwick earned Tewaaraton laurels in June after being named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All-American.