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STAB's Connor Shellenberger Shows he's a Rising Star

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Freshman Connor Schellenberger Freshman Connor Schellenberger
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The STAB lacrosse team's offensive attack is loaded this year. It features six future Division-I athletes, including a rising-star, freshman Connor Shellenberger.

Junior attack Jack Schultz says, "He's helped a lot for sure. He's been working in with the attack a lot. He's got one of the best shots I've seen in a while. He's still in ninth grade and can shoot it just as fast as any of the guys."

"I take a lot of shots after practice and in the off season," says Shellenberger. "I'd say I'm more of a shooter. Joe and Jack do all of the other work."

Shellenberger has only played 11 varsity games but has already committed to Johns Hopkins. He'll be joining teammate Joe Robertson, who has also committed to the Blue Jays.

"It's awesome,” says Robertson. “We're real good friends. We're in the same homeroom and everything, so we're always hanging out. We've built a real close relationship."

Shellenberger started the season at midfield but moved to attack, just a few weeks ago. His 13-goals rank fourth on the team. 

"My whole life I've been playing attack and then going into this year, I switched to midfield,” says Shellenberger. “That was a little bit of a change, but being back at attack has been nice."

"I think we all knew Connor was a special player,” says head STAB lacrosse coach Bo Perriello. “He's slowly developed from playing midfield to someone we just want to have on the field as much as possible."

STAB offensive coordinator Hunter Price, Shellenberger's uncle says, despite the freshman's abilities, his transition to the varsity level wasn't an easy one.

"There was a big leap there and there will be a leap for him as he goes from high school to college,” says Price. “He's a hard worker. He's always the first one on the field and the last one off. He's touching the surface right now. The sky's the limit. He's only a freshman, so there's a lot more to come."

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