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Virginia Patrick Burkinshaw (25) reaches for the ball during the semifinals of the 2019 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Sara D. Davis, the ACC)

Virginia men’s lacrosse goalie Patrick Burkinshaw has transferred, a team spokesperson confirmed on Monday.

In his first season on Grounds, Burkinshaw appeared in 11 games with two starts. In his first career start, he set a UVa freshman record with 24 saves in a 12-11 overtime win at Princeton. He finished the season with 35 goals allowed, 51 saves and a .593 save percentage.

Burkinshaw confirmed to Inside Lacrosse in late May that he plans to transfer to Penn, though he remains on Virginia’s online roster and the Quakers have yet to announce his addition.

Coming out of high school, Burkinshaw was rated by Inside Lacrosse as the No. 1 goalie in the country. Virginia’s Alex Rode owned the top ranking the year before. After Rode totaled a combined 31 saves in a Final Four win over Duke and the national title game against Yale, the job is now clearly his to lose.

Rode, who was named the NCAA Tournament MVP and will be a junior this year, finished last season with 165 goals allowed, 169 saves and a .506 save percentage. Barring any more additions or subtractions via transfer, he and senior Griffin Thompson will be the only goalies on the Cavaliers’ roster. ​

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Ron Counts covers University of Virginia athletics for The Daily Progress.​ Contact him at rcounts@dailyprogress.com, (434) 978-7245, or on Twitter @Ron_CDPsports.

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