Just when Princeton’s Forest Sonnenfeldt shot to tie the game against the Wahoos at the NCAA tournament, Virginia midfielder Chris “Shocker” LaPierre blocked the shot. With 10 seconds remaining in the game. Virginia held off Princeton, winning 6-5 and LaPierre was named the hero of the game.
LaPierre was named the only captain of the Virginia men’s lacrosse team on September 25, 2012. The fourth year from Medford NJ is the first solo captain since 1981, when Steve Kraus lead the men’s team alone. Coach Dom Starsia calls LaPierre one of the “hardest workers and most competitive athletes on the team”
Since his inaugural season at Virginia in 2010, LaPierre scored 20 goals and had 18 assists for a career total of 38 points. In addition to scoring, he accumulated a total of 206 ground balls and led the team last season with 63 ground balls.
Another noteworthy play from LaPierre came in 2011 in the game against Cornell when he scored a goal and ripped a hole in the net, creating a 5 minute halt in the contest. UVA will not be surprised to see LaPierre’s athleticism continue to shock the lacrosse world this upcoming Spring 2013 season, whether he blocks an important shot or rips a hole in the net.