Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/8/14
The Duke’s Lacrosse Club has announced that recent graduates Jimmy Murphy (Hatboro-Horsham) and Trevor Kupecky (Upper Merion) have each been awarded $500 in book 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.
Murphy, an All-EPSLA, Suburban One Liberty and Second Team Phillylacrosse.com selection, is a freshman midfielder at Marist College. Kupecky, also a Second Team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick, is a freshman attackman at Hofstra 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.
Trevor Kupecky (Upper Merion/Hofstra)
Jimmy Murphy (Hatboro Horsham/Marist)
Chris Panichelli (Bishop Shanahan/Drexel)
Bryan Garrahan (Archmere/St Joseph’s University)
Joe McCallion (Haverford School/UPENN)
Jeff Heath (St.Joes Prep/Delaware)
Ahmad Zachary (Lower Merion/Vermont) *Captain at Vermont
Adam Yee (Penncrest/Hartford)
Grady Stevens (Unionville/Hopkins) current grad asst coach at Hopkins
David Alyanakian (Strath Haven/Delaware/Lynchburgh)