Kip Turner is in his sixth season at Virginia and his 11th season under Lars Tiffany.
Last season, Turner helped guide fourth-seeded Virginia to its seventh NCAA title after a 17-16 triumphant victory over third-seeded Maryland at Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.) on May 31. With no NCAA Tournament held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), UVA’s 2021 title marked the first time in men’s lacrosse program history it won back-to-back national championships, having done so in 2019. In 2021, Virginia became just the seventh men’s lacrosse program in Division-I history to win back-to-back national championships and the first D-I men’s lacrosse program to win six straight games in the NCAA finals (1999, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2019 and 2021).
For the fourth consecutive season (excluding 2020 due to COVID-19), Turner conducted a Cavalier unit that was the NCAA Division-I statistical champions in ground balls per game (41.94). Turner also mentored goalie Alex Rode, who one of nine USILA All-American selections for the Cavaliers in 2021. At the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Rode was named an all-tournament selection after recording a tournament-best 53 saves, including a combined 27 saves at championship weekend against North Carolina and Maryland, the nation’s top-2 scoring offenses that year. Rode’s standout moment of the championship game was when denied the Terrapins of a potential game-tying goal with six seconds remaining left in the fourth quarter.
Turner also practiced his trade in the professional ranks, including leading the Chesapeake Bayhawks to two consecutive MLL Championships in 2012 and 2013. Turner was originally selected second overall in the Major League Lacrosse draft by the Boston Cannons, the highest goalie ever picked in a draft. He made an immediate impact, being named the Cannons’ Defensive MVP in 2008. A three-time MLL Defensive Player of the Week in 2010, Turner was named the MLL Goalkeeper of the Year for his outstanding play. Turner was also selected the starting goalie in the MLL All-Star game in 2013. After a nine-year stint in the MLL, Turner decided to retire in the spring of 2016.
A 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in government, Turner was a four-year letterwinner for the Cavaliers. He was a USILA Third Team All-American and the UVA defensive MVP in 2006, leading the Cavaliers to the ACC Championship and NCAA title. Turner was a First Team All-ACC selection and USILA All-American Honorable Mention in 2007, and named to the All-ACC Tournament Team in 2006 and 2007.