Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/19/15
Parkland 2016 defenseman Erik DiGirolamo earned First Place for the boys. Manheim Township 2016 face-off specialist Aaron Kager and Avon Grove senior attackman Stephen Cyron were the Second Place winners while Marple Newtown senior LSM Eric McKelvey was the Third Place winner.
The girls’ First Place winners were Radnor senior Hannah Proctor and Agnes Irwin 2016 Emily Fryer. Merion Mercy 2016 Kaitlyn Devine is the Second Place winner and Chichester 2016 Jona Mojados is the Third Place winner.
The First Place winners will receive $300 in cash, the Second Place honorees will receive $200 and the Third Place honorees will receive $100, courtesy of the Pansini Law Group.
Also, for the second year there is an Inner-City winner, Angela O’Donnell, a senior attack at Franklin Towne Charter. Her school will receive a large gift of lacrosse equipment in her name. Click here for a story on last year’s winner, Simon Gratz Mastery Charter.
The overall winners were chosen from the weekly Pansini Law Group Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll winners. Coaches nominated the weekly honorees based on their overall academic achievements, service projects and excellence on the lacrosse field. Each honoree receives a $50 gift card to Starbucks (anyone that did not receive their card should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is the third year Pansini Law Group has sponsored the Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. The award recognizes excellence in three areas: athletic accomplishments, academic excellence and service.
“I am thrilled once again to award these prizes in conjunction with Phillylacrosse.com,” said Michael Pansini, Owner of Pansini Law Group. “We wanted to recognize the tremendous work that these outstanding young men and women do in the classroom, in the community and on the lacrosse fields.
“All of these honorees are quite impressive and are tremendous reflections on their respective teams and schools. We wanted to further recognize the overall winners and we encourage all players in the future to aim high and give back to the Philadelphia community at large.”
Said Phillylacrosse.com Owner Chris Goldberg. “I am so pleased to honor these outstanding student-athletes and recognize their accomplishments. As an educator and former coach and umpire myself, I appreciate the tremendous qualities of these individuals and laud them for their dedication and abilities as leaders and role models.”
Below is a list of all honorees, beginning with the eight overall winners.
Erik J. DiGirolamo, Parkland High School, 2016, Defense/LSM
Lacrosse Honors: Captain of Varsity Lacrosse team as a Junior; Captain of Dukes Lacrosse Club 2016 Class; Varsity starter as a Freshman; 2012 John Steinmann Award: Demonstrates good sportsmanship, team leadership and love for the game of lacrosse; Top 40 selection at Lehigh Lacrosse Sophomore Prospect Camp as a Freshman
Verbal Commitment to Lehigh University as a sophomore to play lacrosse
Academic HonorsParkland High School Gifted Program since Freshman Year; “Principal’s List “ Freshman through Junior Year (4.0 GPA or higher => AP, Honors and GHP courses); Spanish Honor Society
Eastern PA Conference Student Athletic Character Council (selected as Parkland’s Jr class male representative to meet with other EPC high schools)
• Develop and implement standards of sportsmanship
• Character development and training
• Instruct and promote leadership
• Community Outreach
• Committee projects with other high school
Activities: Varsity Football Player (Lehigh Valley Live All Conference Honorable mention as a linebacker junior year); Mr. Parkland Talent Competition participant to support a senior contestant
Service: Parkland HS Student Ambassador to help prepare incoming freshman for their transition to high school; Special Olympics; Miracle League; Youth Lacrosse coach for Lehigh Valley Outlaws U13 team.
Stephen Cyron, Avon Grove, 2015 Attackman, signed with Robert Morris University
Academic honors: 4.5 GPA, Class Rank: 6 out of 399, Distinguished Honors every marking period at AGHS, Scholastic Award for Business, Algebra, Trig
Service: 2 years class officer, Model UN, Community Service Goddard Park
Lacrosse honors: Led County in goals in 2014, Single game goal and season record holder @AGHS, 1st Team All-Ches-Mont, All-Philly Lacrosse/Area, 2015 Captain AGHS
Aaron Kager, Manheim Township, 2016, Face-Off/Midfield
Lacrosse Honors: 3 year varsity player; District 3 champions 2013, Lancaster-Lebanon League champions 2014. Junior Captain 2015 season. All-League Honorable Mention, Faceoff, as a Sophomore (2014 face-eoff percentage 71%). Current 2015 face-off percentage: 74.1%.
Academic honors: First Honor Roll each semester. National Honor Society member. GPA 103.9.
School Clubs/Organizations: Student Council, Ski Club, Varsity swim team (9th grade)
Service Activities/Accomplishments: Lancaster General Hospital Student Volunteer Program, National Honor Society student tutor program, Brethren Village Retirement Community service volunteer, work with youth level teams within the Manheim Township Youth Lacrosse Organization
Matt LoPolito, Phoenixville, 2017 Defenseman
Academic Honors: Highest GPA in Phoenixville HS Sophomore Class — 4.22 / Unweighted GPA 4.0; 99% on Critical Reading and Math / PSAT/NMSQT as Sophomore; AP Scholar (received designation 6/2014); Dual Enrollment in AP Chemistry and Spanish; Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth — High Honors Award Recipient; Drexel University Returning Scholars Scholarship — Awarded 7/2014 for selection in Drexel College of Medicine Highschool Neuroscience Program; Eligible to graduate after Junior Year; Model UN (10)
Amnesty International (10); Mock Trial (8,9) (Congressional Commendation from State Senator Dan Truitt – 8); Purple Press — Phoenixville Area High School Newspaper, Staff Writer
Lacrosse Honors: Brine National Pennsylvania Team – 2014; 3D Blue Chip Attendee (Jan/2014) Invited (Jan/2015); Underclass All Star Roster, LSM/Close D – ECLC Dartmouth College, June 2014; 3D Box/Field Elite
U15A 2nd Place — Collegeville Cougars Lacrosse – Chester County Lacrosse Association — May, 2013
Community Service: Phoenixille Public Library – Children’s Department Summer Volunteer 2009 – 2014; Glaxo SmithKline Science in the Summer Teaching Assistant for Phoenixville Camp – Summer 2014; Acolyte – Daylesford Abbey – Since 2009; Devereux Foundation Volunteer Day – 2013; Junior National Honor Society Member
Emily Fryer, Agnes Irwin School, 2016 Midfielder
College Choice: Brown University
Lacrosse honors: All-League Honorable Mention 2014, All-Main Line 2nd team 2014
Additional honors: Soccer 1st team All-Main Line 2014, Second team All-Delaware county and InterAc 2014, All-Main Line 2nd team 2013
Service projects: Clarke School volunteer, Empty Bowls
Academic honors: High Honors, Honorable Mention National French exam 2013
Awards: 2014-2015 Tri-Sport Athlete Award, Coaches Award Varsity Soccer 2013, Most improved JV Basketball 2013-14
Hannah Proctor, Radnor High School, 2015 midfielder
College Choice: University of Notre Dame
Lacrosse Honors: 2015 – Midfielder – Captain – 4 year letter winner; 2014-15 All-American
USA U19 defender. Lacrosse stats: 31G, 17A, 48DC, 20GB, 14CT
Academic Honors: GPA 3.9
Service Activities: Radnor Youth Coach and referee; Cradles to Crayons Volunteer; Dans Down Dog Dash Volunteer
Kaitlyn Devine, Merion Mercy, 2016, defense
Lacrosse honors: Varsity Player since Freshman Year, Ultimate Goal Lacrosse Club member, Varsity two year starter, Catholic Academy League Champs 2013, 2014, 2015
Service projects: Active member of National Honor Society. Involved in both Community Service Corp. and Ministry Team. Leader of the History group and Biotech club.
Academic honors: 3 year Distinguished Honor Roll (2013, 2014, 2015), National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Math Honor Society (Secretary), National Science Honor Society, National Social Studies Honor Society, Highest GPA (2013-2014) in Church History and Geography, Gold and Bronze medals in the National Spanish Exam. GPA: 4.16
Jona Mojados, Chichester High School, 2016 Defender
Lacrosse honors: Team captain 2015, 2014 and 2015 First Team – Defense – All Del Val League
Service projects: Volunteer at nursing home, Special Olympics at Widener University, Volunteer at Golf outing and Hospital Front Desk, Food Packer for Swarthmore College, Philippine School Drive Organizer
Academic honors: National Language Arts Award, NBC 10 and Widener University High School Leadership Award, National Business Honor Society, National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Rotary Student of the Month, Rho Khappa, Spanish Honor Society.
GPA: 4.69 (on 4.0 scale)
Awards/Activities: Future Business Leaders of America President 2014-2015,Spanish Honor Society Secretary 2014-2015,Homeroom Representative 2014-2015,FBLA Secretary 2013-2014,Class Vice President 2013-2014. Volunteers yearly at the Special Olympics, and has previously volunteered with Compassion Corps, Riddle Hospital, Nursing Home, and Stop Hunger Now. Also organized a School Supply Drive for children in the Philippines last year and delivered the supplies in person.
Inner City winner – Angela O’Donnell, Franklin Towne Charter
College choice: York College
Lacrosse honors: One of the leading scorers on the team and has been named MVP for the 2015 season
Service projects: Mentor Council; an organization that helps freshman integrate into the high school setting and continues to monitor and guide them through various team building and schoolwide initiatives throughout the year. Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, NHS tutoring through school and volunteer at local rec center.
Academic honors: Valedictorian, earning a 3.98 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). National Honors Society for high school career.
Activities: Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams
Other boys’ weekly honorees:
Ethan Bradlow, Shipley School, 2015, Midfielder
College choice: Penn for academics
Lacrosse Honors: 4 year varsity player, 4x varsity also for Soccer and Squash
Service projects: Senior Service project
Academic honors: 4.9 GPA in all honors classes, DECA
Eric McKelvey, Marple Newtown, Senior LSM
Will attend Temple University for academics
Lacrosse Honors: Three-time Heart and Hustle Award Recipient, Four=year Varsity player, Captain
Service Projects: Youth Lacrosse Coach and referee, Volunteer service through National Honors Society
Academic Honors: National Honors Society, Honor Roll throughout High School. GPA: 3.7
Shane Hensel, Centrral Bucks West, 2015 Defense-Midfield
College Choice: Drexel for academics
Lacrosse Honors: Won the conditioning award (as voted by teammates), Coach’s Award (player who best demonstrates all the attributes we hope to see in a representative of our program-scholarship, leadership, character, work ethic, ability, etc.)
Academic Honors: Winner of 9 scholarship prizes at science fairs during HS career, American Legion Award-Outstanding Boy Citizen, CBEA Memorial Scholarship, NAVMAR Engineering Scholarship, Mike Pettine Scholarship, Stanley MacFarlane Scholarship, Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship
Career Goal: Serve his country in the US Navy.
Other weekly girls’ honorees:
Maura Murray, Chichester, 2017, attack/midfield
Graduation year: 2017, Sophomore
Lacrosse honors: MVP Offense, Team captain 2015
Service projects: Volunteer at summer camp, assistant softball coach, volunteer at nursing home, Special Olympics at Widener University, Group leader at Vacation Bible Camp, Volunteer at Chi Expo Night
Academic honors: Honor Roll, National Honor Society
GPA: 3.7 (on 4.0 scale)
Awards: Knights of Columbus Foul Shooting contest finalist, MVP offense, Most Intensity Award, 1st place in Home Run Derby
Alyssa Clausen, Chichester, 2016, center/midfield
Lacrosse honors: Team captain 2015, 2015 1st Team All-Del Val Mid-field, 2013 Second Team All-Del Val, 2014 Second Team All-Del Val
Service projects: Volunteer for Special Olympics, Philabundance, Red Ribbon Week, Food Drives, Stop Hunger Now
Academic honors: GPA: 4.9817 (on 4.0 scale)
Awards/Activities: Superior Honors for all three years (A- or higher in all classes), Rotary Student, selected to be a member of numerous honor societies. Member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honor Society), Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Student Council, Interact, Rotary Club
Keziah Zapanta, Chichester, 2018, defense
Lacrosse honors: Second team All-Conference-Defense
Samantha Barnett, Interboro High School, 2015, Center
College Choice: West Chester University
Lacrosse honors: Freshman, Soph, Jr. and Sr. – First Team All-Del Val and HM All-Delco; Del Val League MVP; Team MVP 2014 & 2015
Service projects: Special Olympics Volunteer; Interboro Theater Member & Performer; Crozer Keystone Taylor Division Volunteer; Interboro Student Council Rep; Interboro Homecoming Court Member; Interboro Sports Camp Volunteer; Garnet Valley Lacrosse Camp Volunteer; Holmes Church Youth Group Member
Academic honors: West Chester University Athletic Scholarship Recipient 2015; Taylor Foundation Scholarship Recipient 2015; Class of 1967 Merit Scholarship Recipient West Chester University; National Honor Society 2014 & 15; Distinguished Honor Roll; United States Lacrosse Academic All American 2014.
Lindsay Frumer, Radnor, Senior Defender
Will atend Dartmouth College and play lacrosse
Academic Honors: Distinguished Honor Roll; National Honors Society; 4.28 GPA
Lacrosse Honors: 4 year Varsity Defender; Co-Captain; Runs defense and is in charge of player match ups on the field
Service: Umpires youth lacrosse games
Lauren Irvine, Wissahickon, Senior Midfield
Signed with Old Dominion
Academic Honors: Academic Honor Roll
Service: FANS Club, which supports the other sports and shows team/school spirit.
Youth Referee, Coached WissLax – Wissahickon Club Lacrosse. She had her own team of 7th/8th graders during her
Freshman and Sophomore years; team went undefeated her Sophomore year.
Assisted in coaching an indoor High School Lacrosse League, Winter, 2014-15
Lacrosse Honors: Varsity starter 4 years; Freshman- “Rookie of the Year” award from coach, 3rd Team Sub One League; Sophomore -Coaches Award Winner, 2nd Team Sub One League, Played for the Pa National Team representing Pennsylvania in the National Tournament held at Lehigh University; Junior- Co Captain- Scored 100th Goal; Senior-Captain-targeting 150 career goals and 200 points
Cathleen Gaffney, Parkland, Attack
College Commitment: Lenoir Rhyne
Academic Honors: NHA, French Honors Society, GPA: 3.8
Service Projects: Volunteers on church mission trips, vacation bible school, mission morning once a week.
Lexi Rice, Parkland, 2016, Low Attack
Service Projects: Volunteer at Susan G. Komen 5k for 5 years, Pediatric Cancer Run, help coach youth winter lax clinic, Ronald McDonald House volunteer for 2 years
Academic Honors: Principals List every marking period of high school thus far, National Honors Society, English Honors Society, History Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society
Katie McDonough, George School, 2015, Attack
College Commitment: Bowdoin College
Service Projects: Junior year organized a “Lax the Nation” fundraiser for our team, Leader of “Arts for Relief” (major fundraiser at our school – money went to Philly Mural arts Program)
Academic Honors: International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, National Merit Commended Student
Lacrosse Honors: Led team in assists this year, 4 year varsity player/Academic All-American
Additional Info: Varsity soccer for 4 years at George School
Mackenzie Galli, Parkland, 2015, Attack-Midfield
College Commitment: Virginia Commonwealth University
Service Projects: Guide for visually impaired, Miracle League, Tutor
Academic Awards: GPA 3.9, National Honor Society, Scholar Athletic Recognition, Commencement speaker at graduation.
Lacrosse Honors: Had 54 goals, 22 assists in 2015 to help team finish 19-3 and win Lehigh Valley League title
Elizabeth Mitchell, Emmaus HS, 2015, Defense
College Commitment: Saint Joseph’s University of Philadelphia- Honors College
Academic Honors: Principals Honor Roll, Outstanding Academic Excellence award-2012-13 American Studies II Honors, Principal award World Studies, GPA of 4.103
Community Service: 2013- present- Rotary Club High School Association, 2008-present- Senior member Girl Scout Interest patrol
Lacrosse Honors: 3 yr starter, Team captain, 2015- All EPC Defensive player award, Emmaus High School Scholar Athlete, 2015 Player’s Player Award (voted by teammates), 2014 EHS Defensive player
Ana Emrick, Parkland, 2016, Midfield
Academic Honors: NHS, Spanish National Honors Society and English National Society, GPA 4.1
Service Projects: Volunteer for local youth lacrosse league.
Lacrosse Honors: Brine National All-American, LVIAAC champs 13, 14, 15; District X1 champs 2014
Megan Massimino, Radnor, 2015 attack
College commitment: Georgetown
Academic honors: 3.8 GPA, US Lacrosse Academic All-American
Service Projects: Radnor youth coach and Certified USL youth referee; Winner of the John Geary Radnor Youth Award for her 4 years of service
Lacrosse Honors: Won the Pixie Hamilton Award for effort in 2014 and the Jean Farley leadership award in 2015.
Alex Borrelli, Parkland, 2016, Defense
Academic Honors: NHS, Math Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, Science Honor Society and Distinguished Principals list, GPA 4.25
Lacrosse Honors: 3 time Conference champion, and District X1 champion 2014
Service Projects: Volunteers for Key Club, Welcome Back Club, PALS and at Lehigh Valley hospital. Helps coach at SPA and runs the blood drive.