UVa Senior Day a Goodbye for Glading Family


Pat Glading's time at the University of Virginia will soon come to a close.

"Having a few weeks left, I'm kind of in shock of it all kind of coming to an end," Glading said this week. "Actually, when I start to think about it, I get a little sad."

Glading has spent the past four years as a midfielder on the UVa lacrosse team. On Saturday, Glading will be one of 13 players who will be honored prior to Cavaliers' final home game of the season against Bellarmine.

But Glading has been coming to Charlottesville since he was a nine-year-old kid. He's the last in the line of Glading brothers to play for Dom Starsia's lacrosse program.

"I can still remember Pat as a very young camper in our camp, as an elementary school player, and thinking, "My, he looks like a Glading,"" Starsia recalled.

Billy Glading graduated in 2003, the same season he was named MVP of the ACC Tournament, and a third-team All-American. Dan Glading was the conference's rookie of the year in 2006 -- and was named an All-American three times.

"UVa has really been a second home for us," said Pat Glading. "We're from Bethesda, Maryland. And Charlottesville has just seemed like a place where we could always come. No matter who's here. When Billy was here, when Danny was here, our whole family could come and visit. And it feels like home."

Pat Glading arrived at UVa for the 2011 season -- just in time to continue another family tradition.

Glading was a freshman on the Cavaliers' NCAA championship team, that season. Billy played on UVa's 2003 national title team, while Danny won his national title in 2006.

"I think that when you look at the Glading family -- when you look at Billy, Danny, and Patrick -- you're looking at this is what's possible here," Starsia said. "This is certainly the turning of the page, and a little bit of a passing of an era, and one that we're all very proud to have been a part of."

And UVa will honor that era before Saturday's game. Pat Glading will be joined by his parents Bill and Cissy for the pregame ceremony -- as well as the two older brothers who preceded him at Klöckner Stadium.

"It's going to be special to have us all out there," Pat said. "We have one picture of us together in our uniforms, from an alumni game my first year. But having us all on the field together is going to be a great feeling."


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