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Villanova’s Karalunas, Lehigh’s Stumpf, Delaware’s Dowling are candidates for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

Wednesday, 16th February 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/16/11
From Press Releases

Villanova’s Brian Karalunas, Lehigh’s Jonathan Stumpf and Delaware’s Pat Dowling were among 20 NCAA men’s lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field selected as candidates today for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in lacrosse.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The list of candidates follows this release.

Villanova's Brian Karalunas

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 2011 candidate class includes 13 student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or better. Ten are from teams ranked in the Inside Lacrosse preseason top 20, and eight players competed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship last season, with two on the winning team.

Regarded as one of the nation’s top longstick midfielders, Karalunas was the 2010 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and an All-BIG EAST First Team selection. Karalunas registered 55 ground balls and had 55 caused turnovers in 2010, finishing as the national leader with an average of 3.47 caused turnovers per game. A two-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association honorable mention all-America selection, he was selected by the Long Island Lizards as the 35th overall selection in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.

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 has enjoyed a stellar career at Lehigh since day on. On the field, he has been a steady contributor for the Mountain Hawks, leading into 2011, which sees him running as a first line midfielder.

Stumpf has recorded 35 career points behind 21 goals and 14 assists, including his freshman campaign when he finished fourth on the team with 18 points. It didn’t take long for the senior co-captain to contribute in 2011, as he tied a career-high with four points (two goals, two assists) in Lehigh’s 16-7 season-opening victory over Saint Joseph’s last Saturday.

Lehigh's Jonathan Stumpf

Off the field, Stumpf has excelled equally as much, posting a 3.88 cumulative GPA in the challenging 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.

“We are thrilled that Jonathan has been selected as a candidate for such a prestigious award,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “He is a tireless worker, who has molded himself into the epitome of a student-athlete, excelling in a challenging major while also running on our first midfield line and spearheading our community efforts.

“To have him recognized among such a select group shows how much he has already accomplished in his time at Lehigh.”

One of three senior captains this season along with Richard Bradley and Will Scudder, Stumpf has taken a key leadership role for the program. 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.

A native of Ellicott City, Md., Stumpf has helped lead Lehigh’s community initiative. 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.

Delaware defenseman Dowling is a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection who has also enjoyed outstanding success in the classroom.

Dowling, a history major with a minor in Spanish from Fairfield, Conn. (Fairfield Ludlowe High School), was one of 20 NCAA?Division I?players selected from nominations throughout the country.

A four-year starter on defense, Dowling earned All-CAA?honors in both 2009 and 2010 and was a member of the CAA?All-Rookie team as a freshman in 2008. He has appeared in 52 career games with 51 starts and registered 105 groundballs and a school record 57 caused turnovers.

He played a big role in leading Delaware to a 10-7 record, a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title, and a berth in the NCAA? Tournament last season when he started all 17 games, scooped up 29 groundballs, and caused eight turnovers. He set a UD?single season record with 22 caused turnovers in 2009.

A Dean’s List student, Dowling is a three-year member of the CAA Academic Honor Roll, has been active as a camp counselor during the summer, is fluent in Spanish and has worked as a tutor on campus, served as team representative for the UD Student-Athlete Advisory Council, and volunteered with Special Olympics. He has studied abroad in Spain twice while at Delaware, studying in Madrid in 2008 and Granada in 2010. He has also served as a team co-captain and earned the squad’s Gary Celeste Award for spirit, dedication, and enthusiasm.

Lowe’s Senior CLASS Candidates
Name Position School
Sean Bannon Midfield Fairfield University
Stefan Bauer Attack Lafayette College
Grant Catalino Attack Maryland
Dan Cremens Defense St. John’s
Kevin Crowley Midfield Stony Brook University
Pat Dowling Defense University of Delaware
Johnathan Falcone Goalkeeper Yale University
Peter Fallon Defense Brown University
Ryan Flanagan Defense University of North Carolina
John Galloway Goalkeeper Syracuse University
Anthony Iannello Midfield Bryant University
Adam Jones Midfield Canisius College
Brian Karalunas Defense/Midfield Villanova University
Tom Montelli Midfield Duke University
Trevor Moore Attack Robert Morris University
John Rogener Midfield Siena College
Steve Serling Midfield Hofstra University
Jonathan Stumpf Midfield Lehigh University
Justin Turri Midfield Duke University
Corey Zindel Attack Marist College

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