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.@LafayetteMLAX’s McAvoy named recipient of Patriot League’s Outstanding Leadership and Character Award

Friday, 22nd June 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 6/22/18
From Press Release

Scott McAvoy (Wyomissing, Duke’s LC), a 2018 Lafayette graduate and member of the Leopards’ men’s lacrosse program, has been named a recipient of the Patriot League’s 2017-18 Outstanding Leadership and Character Award.

McAvoy joins Bucknell softball player Meghan Kovac in winning the award which is voted on by each of the Patriot League’s member institution’s Senior Woman Administrators (SWA). The award recognizes those who demonstrate excellence in leadership and service while participating in Patriot League athletics. One male and one female have been honored since the award’s inaugural season in 2011-12.

During his Lafayette career, McAvoy demonstrated leadership in the classroom, locker room and in the community. The Wyomissing, Pa. native was a model student and graduated with a degree in Economics and 3.8 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Upon graduation, McAvoy began a full-time job in Corporate and Investment Banking at Citi Group in New York City.

As a captain of the Lafayette men’s lacrosse program, McAvoy was looked to for advice and guidance by his teammates and other students in the Lafayette community. Twice a week, he tutored Lafayette students in a writing course while serving as a writing assistant. Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, he took the time to guide teammates in navigating the career process.

“I don’t think a week went by when Scott was not helping with resumes, offering advice on upcoming interviews, and even helping with networking connections by attending our Lafayette Lacrosse Career and Networking event at NY Law School in November,” said former Lafayette men’s lacrosse coach Ed Williams.

In the community, McAvoy was actively engaged with the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley in community service projects and encouraged many to follow. He was a member of the “Boo Who Crew” in Bethlehem during Halloween, volunteered at the New Bethany Ministries and Paxinosa Elementary School and participated in a Sunday program for the March of Dimes at a local CrossFit gym.

“Scott is truly an ambassador of Lafayette Lacrosse and a fantastic role model for younger players to look up to and emulate,” Williams said.

In his first month as a captain, McAvoy dealt with a hardship that most team captains never have to face, the untimely passing of a teammate. He was the person that the 42 student-athletes on the team looked to and turned to for strength, comfort and guidance.

“He and his other senior roommates welcomed underclassmen into their homes and were in constant contact with team members to check up on them. McAvoy dealt with another hardship during his senior season, coming earlier in the spring. During the first week of practice in January, he tore his ACL for the second time in two years.

“This easily could have been the end of Scott’s involvement with the team and program,” Williams said. “However, he decided he was going to treat the injury as an opportunity, and that opportunity was helping his teammates as a student assistant coach. The first words out of his mouth after his injury where ‘how can I still help the team.’ In my opinion, bringing him on as a member of the coaching staff was an easy decision.”

During the 2018 season, McAvoy served as a vital part of the lacrosse program’s day-to-day operations, performing tasks in the office, preparing for games and practice planning, coordinating travel, and taking on the responsibility for film upload and breakdown.

With the added duties, McAvoy maintained a position among teammates as a leader and captain. While the senior captain may not have envisioned this type of leadership role for his final season on College Hill, it is one he embraced. Through all this hardship and adversity McAvoy still found a way to impact the team in such a great way that perhaps he doesn’t realize yet speaks volumes to his true character.

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