Men’s Lacrosse: Virginia lands nation’s No. 1 prospect in Class of ’25

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Photo: National Lacrosse Federation

The nation’s No. 1 men’s lacrosse prospect, Brendan Millon of powerhouse McDonogh (Maryland), has committed to Virginia, picking the Cavaliers over Notre Dame, Maryland and Johns Hopkins.

Millon, a junior, is the younger brother of UVA’s McCabe Millon, who was considered the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2023. The younger Millon was selected MVP of the MIAA championship game after he posted five goals and an assist in a 14-5 victory over Calvert Hall, Md. He registered 47 goals and 33 assists last season.

“He can do whatever you ask of him,” an offensive coordinator from an NCAA Tournament program told Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse, which broke the story. “If you watched him last fall, you left the field feeling that he could finish the ball every way possible with both hands. This summer, you saw him feed as well as anyone. He’s so multi-dimensional in that he can play any role within an attack unit and will elevate his [college] team regardless of where he ends up.”

The analysis was made prior to Millon’s decision to play with his brother at UVA. The brothers will play two years together for the Cavaliers, who made it to the national semifinals last spring before bowing out against eventual champion Notre Dame, a team Virginia defeated twice during the regular season.

Millon’s commitment gave UVA the No. 1 player in the nation for the fifth time over the last seven years, according to Inside Lacrosse.

“The academics have always been a very important thing for me,” Millon told IL. “At a hard school like McDonogh, I’ve had to work very hard for the grades I got, so I wanted to go somewhere all of that would be worth it.

“Another thing is the new lacrosse facilities that are being built [at Virginia]. They have some unreal things being built specifically for lacrosse. Also, after being there more than other schools because my brother goes there, I was able to get a better feel for the campus environment, and overall I loved it so much. Last, but certainly not least, is their national championship history and their history of winning.”