A native of Rochester, Groot played his high school lacrosse at Canandaigua and went on to be one of the top midfielders in the country at the University of Maryland. A two-time All-American, Groot was a captain his senior season to help lead the Terps to a NCAA quarterfinal appearance. After playing with Rochester in 2011, Groot returns to play with the Rattlers this season after an offseason trade with Ohio in September. Dan is currently an assistant coach at Rhodes College.
Groot returns to Rochester after a trade with Ohio, giving Rochester Groot and three selections in the 2013 MLL Draft while sending M Roy Lang and the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLL Draft to Ohio. Head coach Tim Soudan on Groot “We’re looking forward to bringing Dan (Groot) back to Rochester. He’s a local kid who was an asset for us when I took over the team in 2011.”
2012: Drafted by the Machine in the 4th round of the 2012 MLL Expansion Draft. Played 13 games with Ohio, tallying 8 goals and 3 assists for 11 points. Also recorded 26 ground balls.
2011: A defensive presence, Groot played in 12 games with the Rattlers, picking up 36 ground balls while also scoring 1 goal and adding 2 assists.
Groot earned All-Academic Honor Roll 2008 and 2009…Named to All-American teams in 2007 and 2009…Team captain in 2009…2008 Preseason second team All-American…2007 third team All-American…2007 ACC All-Tournament Team
2008: 2 goals and 2 assists in 17-7 win at Mount St. Mary’s on 2/26…Had 6 game point streak snapped in 15-7 loss at Duke on 3/1… 3 goals in 12-7 win on 3/8 v. Towson…Scored game winning goal in 9-4 win over Penn on 4/19
2007: USILA third team All-American…Won team William Cole award as best overall midfielder… Set career high with 5 points on 3 goals and 2 assists in 16-7 win over Vermont on 2/20… 3 goals, including first game-winning goal, in 14-8 win over North Carolina on 3/24 ... 2 goals in 12-8 loss at Virginia on 3/31 ... 2 goals, including game-winner in 8-7 double-OT win at Navy on 4/6 ... 2 goals, including a man-up score that was the game-winner in 14-10 win at Penn on 4/21... career-best 4 goals and added one assist to tie career high with five points in 11-10 loss to Virginia on 4/27 in the ACC semifinals
2006: Started in collegiate debut in 10-4 victory at Georgetown on 2/25… Scored first collegiate goal in 8-7 overtime win at Duke on 3/4…1 goal and 2 groundballs in 7-6 loss to Navy on 4/8…1st career assist in 12-4 win over Penn on 5/6… 1 goal and 1 assist for first multi-point game in 11-6 win over Princeton on 5/21 in the NCAA Quarterfinals