November 22, 2011

Virginia's O'Reilly Suspended For 2012 Season

Virginia junior Nick O'Reilly had a career-high five points in the Cavaliers' title game win over Maryland.
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by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Virginia junior midfielder/attackman Nick O'Reilly has been suspended for the 2012 season, Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia and a team spokesman confirmed to Lacrosse Magazine on Tuesday.

The suspension is for a "violation of team rules," Starsia said.

O'Reilly, who played high school ball at South Side in Nassau County on Long Island, appeared in 14 games last season for the Cavaliers, starting four at attack and seeing significant time in Virginia's playoff run.

He set career highs in points (five) and assists (four) in the Cavs' 9-7 win over Maryland in the national championship game.

He had four goals and six assists in three NCAA tournament games. O'Reilly didn't play in the first round game against Bucknell.

The suspension could be a blow to the Virginia offense, which used a variety of pieces around eventual Tewaaraton Award winner Steele Stanwick to propel the team to the championship.

O'Reilly would have been Virginia's fifth leading returning scorer with 21 points, behind Stanwick, attackman Chris Bocklet, midfielder Colin Briggs and attackman Matt White.

The suspension is unrelated to a car accident last Monday night in Charlottesville, Va., involving a Virginia men's lacrosse player, team spokesman Vincent Briedis said.

In that accident, a Jeep driven by a fourth-year Cavaliers player  hit a Virginia student riding a bike at a busy intersection near the UVa campus and athletic fields. The car in question was leaving workouts that night, Briedis said. Police were working to determine who was at fault. There was no indication alcohol or speed were reasons for the accident.


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