Groot's Honor Roll
On Groot: One of the top midfielders in the nation ... a potential first team All-American if he consistently plays up to his potential ... skillful player who will play on the first midfield line ... possesses a big shot and is athletic enough to create scoring opportunities for himself ... has continued to work hard to improve during offseason conditioning ... switched from No. 42 to No. 2 prior to the 2007 season.
As a junior (2008): Assisted Grant Catalino's man-up goal in the first quarter in 11-6 win at No. 4 Georgetown (2/23) ... two goals, one a man-up conversion, and two assists in 17-7 win at Mount St. Mary's (2/26) ... had a six-game point scoring streak end in 15-7 loss at No.2 Duke (3/1) ... did have three groundballs vs. the Blue Devils ... one goal and an assist in 13-5 win over Providence (3/3) ... three goals in 12-7 win over No. 18 Towson (3/8) ... also tied his career high with four groundballs vs. the Tigers ... one goal in 16-4 win over Air Force (3/16) ... a goal and an assist in 13-8 win at No. 5 North Carolina (3/22) ... a man-up goal and assisted on Max Ritz's man-up goal in 5-4 loss to No. 9 Navy (4/4) ... one assist in 10-4 loss at No. 15 Johns Hopkins (4/12) ... scored the game-winning goal in 9-4 win over Penn (4/19) ... one goal in 11-8 loss at No. 3 Virginia in ACC Semifinals ... two assists in 16-10 win over Yale (5/3) ... a goal and an assist in 10-7 win over Denver (5/10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
As a sophomore (2007): USILA third team All-American ... given the team's William Cole Award as the best overall midfielder ... scored his first career man-up goal and added an assist to tie his career-high in points in 11-6 season-opening win over Bellarmine (2/17) ... set career-high with five points on three goals and two assists in 16-7 win over Vermont (2/20) ... also caused a pair of Catamount turnovers and picked up two groundballs ... man-up goal in 14-7 loss to No. 2 Duke (3/2) ... one assist and three groundballs in 13-4 win over Lafayette (3/13) ... two assists in 11-7 win over No. 19 UMBC (3/17) ... also picked up a pair of groundballs and caused a turnover vs. the Retrievers ... a goal and an assist in 18-3 win over Mount St. Mary's (3/20) ... hat trick, including his first game-winning goal, in 14-8 win over No. 11 North Carolina (3/24) ... two goals in 12-8 loss at No. 2 Virginia (3/31) ... two goals, including the game-winner, in 8-7 double-OT win at No. 7 Navy (4/6) ... two goals, including a man-up score that proved to be the game-winner, in 14-10 win at Penn (4/21) ... career-best four goals and added an assist to tie his career high with five points in 11-10 loss to No. 3 Virginia (4/27) in the ACC semifinals ... also picked up two groundballs vs. the Cavaliers ... one goal in 12-4 win over Yale (5/5) ... set career high with three assists in 13-9 loss to UMBC (5/13) in the NCAA tournament ... also set career best with four groundballs vs. the Retrievers ... finished the game with four points, adding a man-up goal in the fourth quarter.
As a freshman (2006): Started in his collegiate debut in 10-4 season opening victory at No. 7 Georgetown (2/25) ... scored his first collegiate goal off an assist from Xander Ritz in 8-7 overtime win at No. 1 Duke (3/4) ... also picked up his first groundball vs. the Blue Devils ... one goal in 9-6 win over No. 15 Towson (3/11) ... two groundballs in 7-6 loss in double overtime to Bucknell (3/14) ... a goal and two groundballs in 7-6 loss to No. 8 Navy (4/8) ... one goal and one groundball in 18-2 win over Sacred Heart (4/18) ... first career assist in 12-4 win over No. 10 Penn (5/6) ... a goal and an assist for his first multi-point game in 11-6 win over No. 9 Princeton (5/21) in the NCAA Quarterfinals ... one goal and one groundball in 8-5 loss to No. 10 UMass (5/27) in NCAA Semifinals.
Before Maryland: 2005 US Lacrosse high school All-American ... Daily Messenger player of the year ... Finger Lakes player of the year after leading the Braves to a 19-2 record and a second straight Section V championship ... named Section V offensive player of the year after scoring 53 goals and adding 30 assists ... also picked up 113 groundballs ... selected the Section V Tournament MVP ... SportsFive.net offensive player of the year ... second team all-Finger Lakes as a junior ... Section V all-tournament team ... honorable mention all-Finger Lakes as a sophomore ... also a two-time letterwinner in football and basketball ... was a second team all-league selection as a senior on the gridiron after earning honorable mention honors as a junior ... also named second team all-Finger Lakes in basketball.
Personal: Son of Randy and Karen Groot ... older brother of AJ and Heather ... favorite professional sports team is the Buffalo Bills ... majoring in history.