RAFFA'S HONOR ROLL
• 2015 USILA Honorable Mention All-America
• 2015 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
• 2015 Tewaaraton Award Watch List
• 2015 Inside Lacrosse Preseason Third Team All-American
• 2015 Big Ten Player to Watch List
• 2015 Team Captain
• 2014 USILA Second Team All-American
• 2014 All-ACC
Career: Two-time all-american ... advanced to three NCAA Final Fours ... finished career ranked third in Maryland history in ground balls (274) and fourth in faceoff wins (498).
As a senior (2015): Appeared in 14 games, fighting through injuries to win 125-of-216 (.579) faceoffs ... won four faceoffs in season-opening victory at Navy (2/14) ... went 4-for-7 on faceoffs at Yale (2/21) ... went 6-for-14 on faceoffs against Drexel (2/28) ... won 13-of-20 faceoffs, including 7-of-9 in the third quarter to key a 6-0 run, in victory against No. 10 Princeton (3/7) ... also collected nine ground balls in the game ... went 13-for-16 at the X at Villanova (3/14), collecting fi ve ground balls ... secured 15-of-22 faceoff wins against No. 2 North Carolina (3/21) ... won 11-of-14 faceoffs against Michigan (3/29), grabbing six ground balls ... returned from injury against Hopkins (4/25), winning 12-of-20 faceoffs ... won eight faceoffs, including six in the second half, in NCAA First Round vs. Yale (5/9) ... secured 12-of-19 faceoffs in NCAA Quarterfi nal win vs. UNC (5/17) ... won 14-of-26 faceoffs and scored a goal in NCAA Semis vs. Johns Hopkins (5/23) ... collected nine faceoff wins in the NCAA Final vs. Denver (5/25).
As a junior (2014): Appeared in 15 games, scoring five goals and adding one assist ... ranked second in the nation in faceoff percentage (.686), winning 194-of-283 faceoffs ... collected a team-high 114 ground balls ... won 12-of-20 faceoffs with six groundballs in 14-3 win over UMBC (2/15) ... won 19-of-26 faceoffs and tied his career high with 11 groundballs in 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse (2/22) ... also set his career high with two goals vs. the Orange ...won 12-of-20 faceoffs with 10 groundballs in 12-10 win vs. Villanova (3/14) ... won 16-of-23 faceoffs with eight groundballs in 11-8 loss at No. 6 North Carolina (3/22) ... won 14-of-19 faceoffs with 10 groundballs in 9-6 win over No. 8 Virginia (3/30) ... won 15-of-21 faceoffs with nine groundballs in 11-6 loss at No. 8 Johns Hopkins (4/12) ... won 20-of-24 faceoffs with nine groundballs in 12-8 win at No. 8 Notre Dame (4/19) ... won 16-of-21 faceoffs with 11 groundballs in 12-6 win over Navy (5/3) ... reached the 100-groundball mark for the season with his 11 vs. the Mids, making him the first Terps since Brian Haggerty in 1999 to have at least 100 groundballs in the season ... won 11-of-17 faceoffs with three groundballs in 8-7 win over Cornell (5/10) in the first round of the NCAA tournament ... won 14-of-20 faceoffs with five groundballs in 16-8 win over Bryant (5/17) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament ... won 11-of-13 faceoffs with six groundballs before leaving the game due to injury early in the third quarter in 11-6 loss to No. 5 seed Notre Dame in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
As a sophomore (2013): Appeared in five games, scoring one goal and adding one assist ... won 116-of-215 (.540) faceoffs and had 75 ground balls ... took his first career opening faceoff in 23-6 win over Mount St. Mary's (2/12) ... won 10-of-15 faceoffs with three groundballs in 16-4 win at Hartford (2/16) ... won 10-of-23 faceoffs, scored a goal and had five groundballs in 12-10 win at No, 1 Loyola (2/23) ... won 11-of-17 faceoffs with eight groundballs in 16-7 win at No. 19 Duke (3/2) ... also scored the game-winning goal vs. the Blue Devils ... won 15-of-18 faceoffs with a career-best 11 groundballs in 13-7 win over Stony Brook (3/10) ... also had a goal and an assist vs. the Seawolves ... scored a goal vs. Cornell (5/12) in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
As a freshman (2012): Appeared in 13 games, scoring one goal and adding one assist ... won 63-of-114 faceoffs (.553) ... made his college debut, winning 4-of-8 faceoffs and scoring his first career goal in 17-4 win over Marist (3/10) ... went 3-of-3 at the faceoff X with two groundballs in 13-6 win over Navy (4/6) ... won 6-of-10 faceoffs with two groundballs in 12-8 win at Mount St. Mary's (4/25) ... won 7-of-9 faceoffs with five groundballs in 12-7 win over Bellarmine (4/28) ... earned his first career assist on Joe Cummings' third goal of the game vs. the Knights ... won 12-of-24 faceoffs with eight groundballs in 13-11 loss at No. 12 Colgate (5/5) ... won 10-of-14 faceoffs with five groundballs in 10-9 win at No. 7 seed Lehigh (5/13) in first round of NCAA tournament ... won 7-of-9 faceoffs with seven groundballs in 9-3 loss to No. 1 seed Loyola (5/28) in the finals of the NCAA tournament.
International Experience: Won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. U19 team at the 2012 FIL World Championships in Turku, Finland ... won 10 faceoffs in 10-8 goal medal game win over Canada ... scored twice in Team USA's tournament opening 24-6 win over Australia.
Before Maryland: Selected to the U.S. Under-19 National Team ... 2011 Under Armour High School All-American ... ranked the 78th overall recruit by Inside Lacrosse ... returned from injury to be named MVP of the NSCHSAA championship game after scoring two goals ... 2011 NSCHSAA Face-off Midfielder of the Year ... all-league ... helped lead the Friars to back-to-back league titles ... MVP of the 2010 Under Armour Underclassmen All-America tournament, leading the Long Island team to the tournament title ... also a three-year letterwinner in football as a quarterback ... guided the Friars to two league titles and a state championship ... 2010 NYCHSFL Offensive Player of the Year ... 2010 NYCHSFL All-League ... St. Anthony's Football MVP as a senior ... three-time NYCHSFL Player of the Week ... 2010 NYCHSFL Championship game MVP ... 2010 Hansen Award Watchlist ... 2010 All-Long Island and MSG Varsity All-Metro Team Honorable Mention ... 2010 National High School Football Hall of Fame Player of the Week ... 2010 Daily News All Borough/Westchester/Long Island Player of the Year ... 2010 Daily News All Borough/Westchester/Long Island All-Star Team ... 2010 Daily News Player of the Year Nominee.
Personal: Son of Charles and Linda Raffa ... younger brother of Victoria ... older brother of Juliana and Matt ... majoring in communications.
|Raffa's Career Statistics|
Raffa's Career Highs
Goals: 2 at Syracuse (2/22/14)
Assists: 1 Three times, last at North Carolina (3/22/14)
Points: 2 vs. Stony Brook (3/10/13); at Syracuse (2/22/14)
Faceoffs Won: 20 at Notre Dame (4/19/14)
Faceoffs Taken: 26 at Syracuse (2/22/14)
Groundballs: 11 three times, last vs. Navy (5/3/14)