Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/3/11
From press Releases
Lehigh senior standouts Will Scudder (Haverford School) and Jonathan Stumpf helped lead the South to a 15-11 win over the North in the USILA North-South All-Star Game held last week in Baltimore.
Wearing number 21 and 31, respectively, Stumpf scored the game-winning goal while Scudder won three faceoffs. It marked the first time the Mountain Hawks sent two players to the game since 1997.
Scudder, Stumpf and their South teammates were led by Lafayette head coach Terry Mangan. They were the first Mountain Hawks’ selections since Fred Cassilly in 2008. Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese also served as an assistant coach during the 2009 contest.
The Lehigh duo joined an impressive roster on the South squad, which included All-Americans Brian Karalunas (Villanova), Scott Perri (Drexel), Brett Hughes (Penn) and more. They also teamed up with fellow Patriot League members Jake Clarke, Mike Danylyshyn and Ryan Klipstein of Bucknell.
“It was a huge honor,” said Stumpf. “Everyone there was one of the best players in their conference. It was great to be included among the best seniors in the nation.”
“It was definitely an honor to be selected,” said Scudder. “I was happy and pleased to be recognized.”
The game played out like a typical “All-Star Game,” with each side playing competitive lacrosse, yet having fun at the same time.
“It wasn’t a seriously competitive environment; it was more laid back,” said Stumpf. “Everyone was trying to get to know each other. People were just having fun, appreciating the talent that was there. It was good to step back and not worry about the pressure of wins and losses and see how well we could play together.”
With the teams mired in a 10-10 deadlock, the South went on an impressive run to take control of the game. The North’s Stephen DeNapoli tied the score at 7:07 of the fourth quarter, but the South’s Max Seligmann made it 11-10 at 6:41 before Stumpf scored what proved to be the game-winner only 42 seconds later. After the South extended the lead to 14-10, the North pulled within 14-11, making Stumpf’s goal stand up as the difference.
Stumpf finished the evening with four shots, two on goal.
“Everyone wants to be unselfish, but they also want to represent their school,” said Stumpf. “I had a couple chances, but it was nice to put one away. It always feels good to have one and get my name in the box score, not only for me, but also for Lehigh too.”
A Second Team All-Patriot League honoree as a junior, Scudder continued to excel as a senior captain. He faced off against a pair of All-Americans for the North – Tim Fallon of Hartford and Adam Rand of Stony Brook.
“When it came down to it, I was facing two of the best faceoff guys in the country,” said Scudder. “It was fun to see how I stacked up against the best. I had faced off against Rand two times before [in the preseason], but never Fallon. It was fun to see how I could hold my own.”
Scudder split time at the X with two others – John Schiavone of Loyola and Clarke of Bucknell. Less than a month earlier, Scudder and Clarke battled in the Patriot League Semifinals. Schiavone and Clarke each won 4-of-10.
In the end, the experience was definitely a memorable one for both. It also served as a big step for the Lehigh program, sending two individuals to the game for the first time in 14 years. Both Scudder and Stumpf know the Mountain Hawks are one of the nation’s up-and-coming teams.
“For two of us to be selected, it’s a good sign for Coach Cassese that the team is headed in the right direction,” said Scudder. “I think the seniors next year will be even better than we were, highlighted by the Lao-Gosney Twins and A.J. (Adam Johnston). It’ll be a strong core of seniors that are even better than us.”
“We hadn’t been to the Patriot Tournament in a number of years, so getting there [this past year] will give the program great momentum,” said Stumpf. “It just shows what Cassese has done with the program and how big Lehigh is going to be in the lacrosse world in the coming years.”