Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/22/12
The Duke’s Lacrosse Club has announced that recent graduates Chris Panichelli (Bishop Shanahan) and Bryan Garrahan (Archmere Academy, DE) have been awarded $500 in scholarship money in the name of the late Ricky Whelan.
Whelan, a popular Duke’s player who starred at Brown, passed away in his sleep seven years ago.
Whelan exemplified the quality of player and person by exhibiting drive and determination the Dukes wish to promote. Whelan, who played for Ashbee Lacrosse, Episcopal Academy and Brown University, was an Honor student and standout player at Brown where he was voted the team’s Unsung Player as a senior.
Panichelli, an All-EPSLA, Ches-Mont League pick and Phillylacrosse.com High Honorable mention selection, is a freshman defenseman at Drexel University. Garrahan, an All-State and All-Phillylacrosse.com Northern Delaware pick, is a freshman midfielder at St. Joseph’s University.
The Dukes continue to honor Whelan by naming their development clinics after him. These clinics are offered each Fall for current Dukes players or those aspiring to play for the club.
Ricky Whelan Scholarship winners
2009 – Grady Stevens (Johns Hopkins), David Alayankian (Delaware, Lynchburg)
2010 – Ahmad Zachary (Vermont), Adam Yee (Hartford)
2011 – Joe McCallion (UPENN), Jeff Heath (Delaware)
2012 – Chris Panichelli (Drexel), Bryan Garrahan (St. Josephs)