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Virginia midfielder Ryan Conrad done for the season with a “lower extremity injury”

The junior had four goals and three assists with 23 ground balls for the Cavaliers in five games this season.

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Virginia Cavaliers midfielder Ryan Conrad will miss the remainder of the 2018 season due to what the team has described as a “lower extremity injury” he suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Syracuse Orange.

To the press release:

“All of Ryan’s teammates and coaches are heartbroken for our captain and leader,” said Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Lars Tiffany. “A warrior on the lacrosse field, losing the opportunity to compete is especially difficult for Ryan. We know he will be with us every step moving forward, guiding his fellow Virginia Cavaliers with his passionate words of encouragement.”

Conrad is one of UVA’s two team captains in 2018 and was a preseason first-team All-American and on the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List.

Here was the injury from the ACC Network Extra telecast:

Conrad’s loss will not only be felt at both ends of the field as an offensive and defensive weapon, but especially on the face-off wings and in transition.

A look at his stats from his first three years with the Cavaliers, as well as his career totals:

Ryan Conrad Totals

Year Games played-started Goals Assists Points Shots Ground Balls Caused Turnovers
Year Games played-started Goals Assists Points Shots Ground Balls Caused Turnovers
2016 14-2 9 3 12 45 11 3
2017 15-13 17 11 28 68 63 10
2018 5-5 4 3 7 12 23 2
TOTAL 34-20 30 17 47 125 97 15

We’re not really sure who will replace Conrad at midfield, but it might take more than one player to do so. On offense, Tiffany went with Dox Aitken, Matt Moore, and Regan Quinn as his first unit. Aitken was the lone starter from Sunday’s loss to Syracuse, while Matt Emery was bumped down to the second unit. Moore had two goals and Quinn registered a tally of his own in Virginia’s win over Manhattan on Tuesday.

At the wing, Aitken, Matt Dziama, and now freshman Chris Merle have filled in for Conrad.

Virginia takes on Stony Brook Saturday on Long Island.