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IL Report: UVA’s Aitken (Haverford School) leaves Villanova football for another season as Cavalier laxer

Tuesday, 19th January 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 1/19/21 – Staff Report

Inside Lacrosse has reported that All-American and NCAA champion midfielder Dox Aitken – a 2016 Co-Player of the Year from Haverford School – has left the football program at Villanova and will rejoin the Virginia lacrosse team for the 2021 season.

NCAA champion Dox Aitken (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

Aitken, who helped lead the Cavs to the last NCAA D1 crown – in 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field – and is a three-time USILA All-American, had planned to play football at Villanova in the fall.

Aitken was a two-sport standout at Haverford School and had many D1 offers for football. When the COVID-19 pandemic called off most of the 2020 season and players were granted an extra year, Aitken planned to play football in the fall at Villanova as a graduate student (wide receiver) and strongly consider playing his extra year at UVA this spring.

But his options were limited to one sport since Villanova’s season was moved to a possible spring season.

Aitken told Inside Lacrosse that the unlikelihood of a full season for Villanova caused him to enter the NCAA’s D1 lacrosse transfer portal.

Aitken shared the Player of the Year honor in 2016 with Upper Dublin’s Michael Sowers.

Aitken’s honors (from UVA’s website)

• Inside Lacrosse All-American (3rd)
• Started all six games UVA played
• Scored nine goals
• Had two-goal gams against Princeton, High Point and Brown
• Picked up four GBs in season-opening win over Loyola

USILA All-American (1st)
• Inside Lacrosse All-American (1st)
• All-NCAA Tournament
• All-ACC
• All-ACC Tournament
• Broke his own UVA single-season record for points by a midfielder (52)
• Broke Matt Poskay’s UVA single-season record (41) for goals by a midfielder (44)
• Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee (1-of-25)
• First UVA midfielder to reach 100 career goals
• Broke UVA’s midfielder career goal record (94), which was previously owned by Pete Eldredge and Brian Carroll
• Quickest UVA midfielder to 70, 80 and 90 career goals
• Had 17 multi-goal games
• Notched seven hat-tricks
• Scored points in all 20 games of the season
• Picked up 32 ground balls and caused three turnovers
• Scored eight goals and dished out two assists during UVA’s run to the NCAA title
• Scored three goals and one assist against Duke in the NCAA semifinal win
• 2019 Face-Off Yearbook All-American (1st)

• USILA All-American (1st)
• Inside Lacrosse All-American (1st)
• All-ACC
• Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee (1-of-25)
• Became the fastest Cavalier midfielder to 50 career goals, doing so in 25 career games (vs. Johns Hopkins on March 24, 2018). He reached the mark in five fewer games than Pete Eldredge (30 games)
• Set the UVA midfielder single-season record with 51 points
• Is the 12th Cavalier midfielder to score at least 30 goals in a season
• His 39 goals rank No. 2 all-time at UVA in a season by a midfielder
• Started all 18 games and was No. 2 on the team with 39 goals and 51 points
• Scored a career-high six goals against Johns Hopkins
• Had 12 multi-goal games
• Scored points in 16-of-18 games
• Scored four goals at Drexel, at Stony Brook and at Loyola in the NCAA Tournament
• Picked up 36 ground balls and caused five turnovers
• Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American (2nd)
• Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-American (1st)

• USILA All-American (HM)
• Inside Lacrosse All-American (HM)
• Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List
• Shattered UVA’s freshmen midfielder record for goals (29) and points (40)
• Broke the goals record in eight games and the points record in nine games
• His 40 points rank No. 12 all-time among UVA freshmen
• His 29 goals led the nation’s freshmen midfielders
• Named ACC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals in collegiate debut against Loyola
• Also named Inside Lacrosse/Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week for his game at Loyola
• Had eight multi-goal games
• Scored a hat-trick in four of his first five college games
• Scored at least one point in 14 of UVA’s 15 games
• Picked up 31 ground balls and caused eight turnovers
• Tallied a season-high five goals against High Point
• Scored four goals in games against Loyola and Penn
• Scored three goals in games against Drexel, Syracuse and Richmond

• Member of the 2016 U19 Team USA gold-medal winning team
• Listed as the No. 2 recruit in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Listed as the No. 1 midfielder in the country by Inside Lacrosse
• Under Armour All-American
• Two-time All-American at Haverford
• Tallied 57 goals and 15 assists in 2016 for Haverford
• Collected 60 ground balls in 2016
• Inter-Ac MVP
• Helped lead Haverford to the 2015 National Championship and a 26-0 record
• Also was a standout football player at Haverford
• Inter-Ac Player of the Year in football
• 3A all-state, all-city and All-Southeast Pennsylvania in football
• Honor student
• Member of the Spanish Society and Jazz Band



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