PISCATAWAY, NJ – Two members of the Rutgers University men’s lacrosse team earned preseason All-ECAC honors, the organization announced today. Sophomore goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) and senior attack Delby Powless (Hagersville, Ontario) each earned a spot on the team.
Havalchak, the reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, is coming off a sensation freshman season in which he ranked seventh in the nation with 188 saves. Havalchak ended the season with a 7.68 goals-against average, helping spearhead a RU defense that ranked second in the ECAC. For his efforts, Havalchak was selected as the top freshman in the nation by Inside Lacrosse magazine, and also earned honorable mention All-America honors from the USILA.
Powless is Rutgers’ leading returning scorer, as he tallied 32 goals and four assists for 36 points last spring. He scored at least two goals in nine games, and the Scarlet Knights went 8-1 in those contests. He enjoyed one of the most prolific scoring games in Rutgers history when he tallied seven goals in a 13-8 win over Navy on March 15. An honorable mention USILA All-America, Powless finished 12th in scoring and fifth in goals last year in the ECAC.
Both Havalchak and Powless earned Preseason Third Team All-America honors by Face-Off magazine in its 2004 Coaches Poll, released in December.
The Scarlet Knights, under the direction of third-year head coach Jim Stagnitta, return seven starters to a team that finished 10-5 and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament last spring. RU is ranked No. 6 by Inside Lacrosse magazine and No. 14 by Face-Off magazine. Rutgers begins its 2004 season on Saturday, Feb. 28, when it faces Dartmouth in Baltimore, MD.
2004 All-ECAC Preseason Team
Attack – Jeff Zywicki, Massachusetts, Jr.
Attack – Neal Goldman, Georgetown, Sr.
Attack – Delby Powless, Rutgers, Sr.
Midfield – Chris Doyle, Massachusetts, Jr.
Midfield – Walid Hajj, Georgetown, Sr.
Midfield – Andy Corno, Georgetown, Jr.
Midfield – Will Jones, Penn State, Jr.
Defense – Jack Reid, Massachusetts, So.
Defense – Matt Garcia, Massachusetts, Jr.
Defense – Andrew Braziel, Georgetown, Sr.
Goalie – Greg Havalchak, Rutgers, So.
Long Stick Midfield – Rob Bateman, Penn State, Sr.