Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/27/14
The Duke’s Lacrosse Club has announced that recent graduates Tyler Butler (Central Bucks East) and Mikey Zadroga (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 eight years ago.
Whelan exemplified the quality of player and person by exhibiting drive and determination the Dukes wish to promote. Whelan played for Ashbee Lacrosse, Episcopal Academy and Brown University, and was an was an Honor student and standout player at Brown where he was voted the team’s Unsung Player as a senior.
Butler, a four-time Duke’s L.C. captain, was a First-Team All-Continental Conference pick in 2014 and helped Central Bucks East win the conference title and reach the District 1 quarterfinals. He is a freshman defenseman at Penn State and amassed 181 ground balls, 91 caused turnovers, five goals and an assist in high school.
Zadroga, also a Second Team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick, is a freshman midfielder at Marquette University who tallied 143 career goals and was a First-Team Suburban One American Conference pick from 2012-2014.
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)