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EAST HARTFORD, CONN. — The University of Virginia’s men’s lacrosse team defeated Maryland 17-16 on Monday, May 31, 2021, to capture their second straight NCAA National Championship.  Maryland had been previously unbeaten this season.

This was Virginia’s seventh national championship in men’s lacrosse.

Mitchell Whalen, a BHS Class of 2019 alumnus was a part of Virginia’s second straight national title-winning team.

Whalen is now a sophomore at UVA and plays defense on the men’s lacrosse team.  He has been dubbed as one of the fastest defensemen on the Cavaliers team.

Whalen was a key player for Buford’s lacrosse team earning numerous accolades during his time as a Wolf.  His senior year, he was named the Gwinnett County Co-Defensive Player of the Year.  In Whalen’s senior season, he picked up 75 ground balls, caused 32 turnovers and scored nine points for Buford.

Featured photo above:  Buford alumnus Mitchell Whalen poses with the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship trophy after he helped his team to its second-straight national title.  Photo courtesy of Brenda Whalen.

 

BY:

alicia@northgwinnettvoice.com

Alicia joined the North Gwinnett Voice, as the Editor, shortly after the first publication. She is a homegrown Buford native, with the southern charm and "bless your heart" included. ...

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