Thomas B. Duquette
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Tom Duquette, a standout attackman for the University of Virginia from 1970-73, became the sixth player in UVA history elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. During his career at Virginia, Duquette played on two national championship squads, including the 1972 team that captured the NCAA title.
He was a four-time All-American, earning first team honors in 1973, second team in 1970, third team in 1971, and honorable mention in 1972. Duquette finished his career in 1973 as Virginia's all-time leading goal scorer (107), and he placed second in assists (92) and points (199).
He became the first player in UVA history to score 100 goals in a career and he still ranked in the top 10 in all three categories at the time of his induction. Duquette led the ACC in scoring with 47 points (24g-23a) as a freshman in 1970, when he also led the team in goals and assists. As a senior tri-captain in 1973 he led the team in scoring with 57 points (29g-28a) and assists.
Upon completion of his collegiate career he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1973 North-South Game (4g-4a) and played for the U.S. National Team that claimed the 1974 world championship.
Duquette's contributions to the game of lacrosse reach beyond his accomplishments as a player. He was an assistant coach at Virginia following his collegiate playing days before embarking on a successful career as a high school lacrosse coach. He began his high school coaching career at Charlottesville's St. Anne's Belfield School before moving on to his present position at Norfolk Academy in 1981. He has won over 300 games as a high school coach and been named the Virginia Prep League Coach of the Year five times. A resident of Virginia Beach, Va., he has also been inducted into the US Lacrosse Charlottesville Chapter Hall of Fame, the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame, and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.