Silver Creek lacrosse standout Zed Williams has verbally committed to the University of Virginia, the senior told The Buffalo News.
Williams, a three-time first-team All-Western New York selection, said he called coach Dom Starsia of the perennial power Cavaliers recently to notify him that he would accept the school's full scholarship offer. Williams said he will sign a National Letter of Intent when the early signing period for lacrosse (and many other sports) begins Nov. 14.
He picked Virginia over Syracuse, Ohio State and Albany.
"It feels good," said the 6-foot-2, 185 senior. "A lot of stress has been taken off from making this decision. I finally found the spot I wanted to go. Those are the coaches I wanted to play for, like coach Starsia. I've been talking to them for a little over a year now … I just really clicked with those guys.
"I liked the campus, I liked the kids that are going there. It's far away from home, but I’ll be OK. My family has supported me. And really, I'm just following my heart."
Williams, who has also been an All-American selection the last two years, became New York State's career points leader in the final game of his junior season. He had four goals and one assists in Silver Creek's 14-13 loss to Penn Yan in the Class C Far West Regionals, giving him a total of 554 points, surpassing the mark held by Casey Powell of Carthage (and later Syracuse University).
"I just want to thank all my coaches and my family for supporting me," said Williams. "Especially my teachers who helped me."