Heller is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound goalie from Denver, Colo. ESPN Rise 2010 listed him as one of their Top 10 goalies and Lax.com ranked him as one of the Top 7 goalies after the 2010 season. An Under Armour All-Star in 2010, he made 194 saves and posted a 6.60 goals against average with a 64 percent save rate. He earned all-state honors in 2010 and was an All-South Suburban Conference first-team honoree. He is a high school teammate with fellow signee Tanner Ottenbreit.
Ottenbreit is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman from Parker, Colo. The Under Armour All-Star in 2010 is also an all-state hockey performer. The lacrosse All-American is teammates at Regis Jesuit with fellow UVa signee Rhody Heller and both have been selected as captains for their senior season. He is also a defensive back on the football team, leading the state in interceptions as a junior. His high school football squad is currently 10-0 heading into playoffs this month.
Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia is pleased to announce the signing of 10 student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2011-12 academic year.
Joining the Cavaliers next fall are: Greg Coholan (Irondequoit HS/Rochester, N.Y.), Greg Danseglio (St. Anthony’s HS/Islip Terrace, N.Y.), Tyler German (Queen Anne’s County HS/Centreville, Md.), Rhody Heller (Regis Jesuit/Denver, Colo.), Albert Kammler (St. Albans School/ McLean, Va.), Taylor Michel (St. Paul’s School/Lutherville, Md.), Tanner Ottenbreit (Regis Jesuit/Parker, Colo.), Mick Parks (New Trier HS/Kenilworth, Ill.), Ryan Tucker (Gilman School/Towson, Md.) and Carl Walrath (Haverford School/Glen Mills, Pa.)
“We are always pleased to introduce the young men who are about to embark on the journey as University of Virginia student-athletes,” said Starsia. “What truly stands out in this group is the background and overall athleticism. As our game continues to grow and spread in popularity throughout the country, more and more players from emerging areas will begin to impact the game at the highest levels.”