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Lehigh’s Stumpf, Villanova’s Karalunas named as finalists for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

Tuesday, 29th March 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/29/11
From Press Releases

Lehigh midfielder Jonathan Stumpf and Villanova long stick midfielder Brian Karalunas were named as two of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award after continuing to excel on and off the field.

Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help determine the winner, which will be announced at the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse semifinals in Baltimore.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the award honors senior student-athletes, who excel in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Both Stumpf and Karalunas have been named Collegiate Scholar-Athletes of the Week this season.

Regarded as one of the nation’s top long stick midfielders, Karalunas has had a stellar beginning to the 2011 season and leads the team with 43 caused turnovers and 37 ground balls. He currently leads the NCAA with 4.78 caused turnovers per game and has helped the Wildcats (7-2) earn a national ranking in the Top 10 for the past two weeks.

Karalunas was the 2010 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, registering 55 ground balls and 55 caused turnovers in 2010. He finished as the national leader with an average of 3.47 caused turnovers per game and was named a two-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association honorable mention all-America selection.

Prior to the start of the 2011 season, he was selected by the Long Island Lizards as the 35th overall selection in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.

A star inside the classroom, Karalunas holds a 3.93 grade-point average as an Honors and Philosophy major and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Interdisciplinary Honors Program at Villanova. He was chosen as the 2010-2011 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 2010 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award Winner.

Karalunas’ community service efforts include founding the Graterford Maximum Security Prison Restorative Justice Program, an inmate educational program exploring alternatives to the retributive justice system with an emphasis on forgiveness, victim-offender relations and community building. He is a Special Olympics Volunteer and a deacon with the Onondaga Valley Presbyterian Church.

Stumpf is one of two finalists from the Patriot League, along with Lafayette’s Stefan Bauer.

“Jonathan Stumpf is a living, breathing embodiment of the ideal student-athlete,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “He works to his fullest potential on the field, in the weight room, in the classroom and in the community. He has set a tremendous example for our younger student-athletes and all those who come behind him.”

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 10. Fans can cast one vote per day. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner.

A native of Ellicott City, Maryland, Stumpf has continued his stellar play on the field in 2011. Through nine games, he stands fifth on the team in scoring with 19 points via 11 goals and eight assists. He is coming off his second-career hat trick last time out at Holy Cross, where he also tied a career-high four points. The 19 points already stand as a career-high with six regular season games still remaining.

One of three co-captains, Stumpf’s impact goes far beyond the lacrosse field. He has posted a 3.88 cumulative GPA in the Integrative Business and Engineering Honors Program, one of the most challenging majors at Lehigh. Stumpf has received the Faculty Athletics Council Academic Award and cracked the Dean’s List each and every semester, while also posting two perfect 4.0 terms. He has been a Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recipient each year as well.

Stumpf has also taken a key leadership role for the Mountain Hawks. He is heavily involved in the Leadership Legacies program, the second phase of the Lehigh Athletics Leadership academy. The phase focuses on the application of core leadership principles to navigate leadership challenges that surface throughout a competitive season.

The midfielder has helped lead Lehigh’s community initiative as well. The Mountain Hawks were busy all fall with a number of community events. They began in September with a Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rick Clean-Up and followed that with a South Bethlehem Street Clean-Up.

They’ve gone to local elementary schools and Boys and Girls Clubs, while also hosting free community lacrosse clinics. Stumpf and his teammates went weekly to three different three schools throughout the months of October and November. There, they read to the children while participating in “homework club.” Stumpf and the Mountain Hawks also took part in “Adopt A Family” where they “adopted” a local underprivileged family, and provided them a Christmas by raising money, then purchasing gifts.

Stumpf is a member of the Rossin Junior Fellowship program, an engineering society. The fellowship is open to undergraduate students who show academic leadership, a dynamic personality and a willingness to serve. He was part of a community initiative called “Canstruction” where they used cans to build large structures built entirely from food cans. All the food was donated to local food banks.

Lowe’s Senior CLASS Finalists
Stefan Bauer Attack Lafayette College
Grant Catalino Attack Maryland
Kevin Crowley Midfield Stony Brook University
Johnathan Falcone Goalkeeper Yale University
Ryan Flanagan Defense University of North Carolina
John Galloway Goalkeeper Syracuse University
Anthony Iannello Midfield Bryant University
Brian Karalunas Defense/Midfield Villanova University
Tom Montelli Long-stick Midfield Duke University
Jonathan Stumpf Midfield Lehigh University

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