St. Anne's Belfield lacrosse star Connor Shellenberger has announced he'll play in college at the University of Virginia.

Shellenberger originally committed to Johns Hopkins as a 14-year old, then decommitted a couple weeks ago.

Shellenberger, who is now a sophomore, is ranked as thee top recruit for the class of 2019 by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.   

He says the style of play new UVa head coach Lars Tiffany runs was a big factor in his decision.   Tiffany coached Brown University to the NCAA semifinals last year and had the top scoring team in the country averaging 16.3 goals per game.

Shellenberger says, "Last year their top three scorers (at Brown) were attackmen, so being an attackman fits right into what I want to do, I want to go to UVa, I want to score goals, I want to win national championships,   My parents, my family are real excited to see me come home but really it was just the style of play of the coaches, right when I stepped on campus I felt an instant bond."

Shellenberger had 21 goals and 18 assists last season as a freshman at St. Anne's Belfield.  He also had 32 ground balls.

STAB head coach Bo Perriello says about Shellenberger, "He's certainly a high octane player and I think he's intrigued by the high octane offense that Lars and his staff bring from Brown.  I think that was part of what intrigued him.  He's a great shooter and I think the more times he touches the ball, the more times he can make an impact on the game".

Shellenberger will be part of a potent team this spring at STAB.  Senior attackman Joe Robertson has committed to play at Duke and classmate, senior attackman Jack Schultz has committed to play at Princeton.