By Scott Johnston
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/5/10
If the sport of lacrosse had a quarterback position, Will Scott would be the perfect fit to go under center.
Not because of his height (5’11”) or his weight (150), or even his arm strength.
But for his smarts.
“Will’s quick and crafty with great stick skills, but probably what he brings most importantly to our team is his lacrosse IQ,” Emmaus coach Jef Hewlings said of Scott. “He understands the game, he’s grown in his ability to ‘quarterback’ our offense and he recognizes and respects all the little things that don’t show up in the scorebook that can make or break a team.
“He really came on for us around the middle of last season and by the end of this season I thought he was one of the best attackmen in the state.”
During the summer Scott decided to take his quarterbacking skills to Carlisle and committed to play Division III lacrosse at Dickinson College.
“I wanted to go to a small Division III college with a good liberal arts program and Dickinson seemed like the perfect fit for me,” said Scott who plans on majoring in business.
He chose Dickinson over the University of Hartford – a Division I school where teammate Tate Klidonas is headed – as well as Division III schools Franklin and Marshall Ohio Wesleyan and Washington and Lee.
Scott’s second cousin, Duke, a standout basketball player at Emmaus and a 1986 graduate, also played for the Red Devils basketball team.
For the past two seasons, Scott has led Emmaus in points and assists. He had a team-high 66 points in his sophomore season (34 goals, 32 assists) and this past year he led the Green Hornets with 90 points. Those contributions were key in helping Emmaus finish 19-5, win the Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 championships and advance to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association quarterfinals.
He was also a first-team All-Lehigh Valley Conference and Honorable Mention All-Phillylacrosse.com selection and a member of the Lehigh Valley entry that won gold at the Keystone State Games held during the summer at Penn State University.
Scott’s father, Andy, who serves as an assistant varsity coach at Emmaus, is credited with helping to start the sport of lacrosse in the East Penn School District – coaching in the Lower Macungie Youth Association (LMYA) and Emmaus over the past 10 years. The co-owner of the Scott Family of Dealerships in Allentown was also a pretty good player of his own, winning state championships in 1970 and ’71 as a member of Harriton High. He also played college lacrosse at Ashland University in Ohio.
Same held true for Will’s two brothers – Jeff and Brad – who played at Cabrini College and Lasell College in Newton, Mass., and the University of Denver, respectively. His second cousin, Peter, was a member of the Johns Hopkins University team, a perennial college lacrosse power from the Maryland area.
At Dickinson, Scott will look to create his own legacy for head coach Dave Webster.
“Will is a tremendous young man and a talented lacrosse player who will be a great fit for Dickinson College and our exciting young lacrosse team,” said Webster. “Coach Hewlings and his staff have done a remarkable job of developing the Emmaus program and we know that Will be well-prepared for the challenges of the college game. We think that Will will have a great experience at Dickinson and will achieve great personal and team success.”
The Red Devils were 2-6 in the Centennial Conference and finished 6-8 overall. Haverford won the regular -season title with a perfect 8-0 mark but was defeated by second place Gettysburg in the title game 12-5. Gettysburg made it all the way to the NCAA Division III National Championship game before losing to SUNY Cortland, 9-7.
The nine-team conference also features Philly schools Swarthmore and Ursinus as well as Muhlenberg, Washington College, McDaniel, and Franklin and Marshall.
Scott is one of six Emmaus seniors to commit to playing lacrosse at the next level. Defensemen Ty Souders (Lehigh) and Mike Bender (Bellarmine) and midfielder Tate Klidonas (Hartford) signed with Division 1 schools, long stick midfielder Ben Sampson committed to Navy and Alex Kuehner (Stevenson) committed to play in Division III.