Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/20/10
Rising senior Brian Karalunas (Dewitt, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt) has been named the 2010 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award Winner in men’s lacrosse, as announced by the conference today. The honor recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.
On the field, Karalunas had a standout junior season and was named to the USILA Honorable Mention All-America Team for the second consecutive year. Additionally, the long-stick midfielder was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and garnered First Team All-BIG EAST Honors.
Karalunas led the NCAA averaging 3.47 caused turnovers per game, setting a Villanova single-season record, and caused 52 turnovers for the season. The co-captain also grabbed 55 ground balls for the year and helped the Wildcats achieve a national ranking most of the year.
Karalunas also plays a significant role both in the community and in the classroom. The Philosophy and Honors major carries a 3.92 cumulative GPA and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is a regular volunteer for the Special Olympics and the Graterford Prison Restorative Justice Program, and also donates time with the Onondaga Valley Presbyterian Church in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletes Representative Council.