By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/8/08
Senior goalie George Carafides (Upper Darby) finished a strong career at Yale this spring by earning one honor and one distinction.
Carafaides was given the Christian Prince Memorial Award as the Bulldogs’ top defensive player in 2008. One major reason for the honor was Carafides’ durability; he started every game (53) in goal in his four years at New Haven, Conn.
Carafides had a 9.35 goals-against average in 14 games as a senior, making 148 saves for a .546 percentage. In his four-year career, he had 535 saves, a 9.35 goals-against average and a .535 save percentage.
Carafides, who also received the Christian Prince Award as a freshman, made a career-high 19 saves April 20 in a 10-2 victory over Air Force.
Philly athletes lead Kenyon College
Three Philadelphia players earned all-conference honors and helped Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) finish 10-4 and earn a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2008.
Senior midfielder Nate Pritchard (Lower Merion) earned first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors by collecting 17 goals, 16 assists, and 53 ground balls.
Senior defender Bob Dignazio (Strath Haven) had a team-high 57 ground balls and even scored his first career goal while earning second-team honors.
Also named to the second team was junior goalie David Page (West Chester, St. Andrew’s, Del.). Page made 131 saves and ranked third in the conference with both an 8.65 goals-against average and a .560 save percentage. Page suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the fall of his sophomore year but did not miss any of the spring season.
Also, junior attacker Zach Wallace (Harriton) was a key reserve and scored 17 goals, tied for fourth on the team. Wallace led the Lords with 13 man-up goals. Freshman defender Alex Boote (Lower Merion) played in five games.