“Elliott Mitchell is a real leader,” informed Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head boys lacrosse coach Dave Trevithick. “Not only does he work really hard to improve his own game on the field, he also wants to make his teammates and the entire team better. Elliott changed positions this year and demonstrated that he was up to the challenge. He has improved in every game and is really excelling at the midfield position just in time for playoffs.”
A Charlotte native, Mitchell‘s family includes parents, Alex and Fritz; older sister, Evie, a 20-year-old Connecticut College sophomore; a dog named Wally; and a cat named Zach.
“I picked up a stick when I was in the second grade,” reminisced Mitchell. “My father played lacrosse at prep school [Choate Rosemary Hall] and introduced me to the sport. I played lacrosse through the Charlotte rec department every spring until the seventh grade when I started club lacrosse. I began playing with 802 Select followed by VTribe, and for the past 18 months I have been playing for 3d Select New England [an invitation-only team],” he offered.
As for the change in position Mitchell explained, “I was originally an attackman, but last summer I started playing midfield and have been playing midfield ever since. I made the switch because the 3d coaches thought that I would be better recruited as a midfielder with my size and shot and that my strengths would be better suited for that position.” And they were right. This talented midfielder has already contributed 18 goals and three assists this season and the Redhawks were on a four-game winning streak entering playoffs.
Without taking anything from the lacrosse state championships CVU won during his sophomore and junior years, one of Mitchell’s favorite sports memory is the ice hockey state championship the team won last year. “You know how Vermonters feel about ice hockey; it’s the most beloved of all sports. We played in front of a packed Gutterson Fieldhouse. It felt really amazing and special to win a championship in front of all those people,” Mitchell shared.
A three-sport athlete, Mitchell is a two-year varsity soccer player, a three-year varsity ice hockey player, and a three-year varsity lacrosse player and senior captain. Mitchell leads by example, “I work hard to set an example for the rest of the team. Plus I’m a pretty likeable guy. My teammates know they can approach me for anything,” he said.
As for next year, Mitchell will play lacrosse at the next level. “While I fully expected to take a PG [Post Grad] year before heading off to college, UVM offed me an opportunity to play Division I lacrosse next year instead. I am committed to play at UVM next spring.” While Mitchell may be undecided about his field of study, this reporter is confident about his latest moves on the field. With Mitchell’s combination of talents along with his preparation and passion for the game, local lacrosse enthusiasts have a lot to look forward too. And so does he.