PISCATAWAY, NJ – Two members of the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team have earned STX/USILA All-America honors. Sophomore goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) was named to the second team, while senior attacker Delby Powless (Hagersville, Ontario) earned honorable mention honors. The teams were announced at halftime of the NCAA Division I National Championship game between Syracuse and Navy.
For Havalchak and Powless, it is the second time in their respective careers that each has been named to the All-America team. Last season, they were honorable mention selections.
The ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, Havalchak finished the season as the league leader in goals-against average (7.35), saves (172) and save percentage (.628). Nationally, he ranked fourth in goals-against average and second in save percentage.
In two years as a starter, Havalchak has 362 career saves with a 7.50 goals-against average. His 362 career saves already ranks ninth in school history. Against Dartmouth this season, he stopped a career-high 22 shots, and matched that performance with a 21-save effort in a 14-10 victory over eventual national-champion Syracuse on April 17.
Havalchak’s All-America honor adds to what is already an impressive resume. Last year, he was the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, and also tabbed as the nation’s top freshman by Inside Lacrosse magazine. This spring, he earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice and was one of 15 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top men’s lacrosse player in the country.
All-time leading scorer Keith Cromwell (1998-2001) was the last Scarlet Knight to earn second team All-America honors (2000).
Powless was Rutgers’ leading goal-scorer this year with 31 tallies, and he added seven assists for a team-best 38 points. The former Canadian box lacrosse star arrived in Piscataway from Herkimer Community College, and finished his career with 63 goals. Last season, he netted 32 goals to earn First Team All-ECAC honors.
Powless scored at least one goal in 12 of 14 games this season, including a seven-goal outburst against Quinnipiac on March 13 that earned him ECAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He had four goals in wins over Syracuse (April 17) and Dartmouth (Feb. 28).
Under the direction of third-year head coach Jim Stagnitta, Rutgers finished its season 8-6 overall and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Scarlet Knights played five ranked opponents and were ranked in the Top 15 of the USILA coach’s poll every week of the regular season.
2004 STX/USILA Division I All-America Team
First Team: Attack: Mike Powell (Syracuse), Ryan Boyle (Princeton), Jed Prossner (North Carolina), Joe Walters (Maryland) Midfield: Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins), Walid Hajj (Georgetown), Sean Lindsay (Syracuse), Brodie Merrill (Georgetown) Defense: Chris Passavia (Maryland), Ronnie Staines (North Carolina), Lee Zink (Maryland) Goal: Matt Russell (Navy)
Second Team: Attack: Kyle Barrie (Johns Hopkins), Ian Dingman (Navy), Conor Ford (Johns Hopkins) Midfield: Kevin Boland (Johns Hopkins), Andy Corno (Georgetown), Steve Vallone (Syracuse), Bryant Will (North Carolina) Defense: Greg Bice (Ohio State), Tom Garvey (Johns Hopkins), Brett Hughes (Virginia) Goal: Greg Havalchak (Rutgers)
Third Team: Attack: Brian Crockett (Syracuse), Pat Walsh (Notre Dame), Matt Ward (Virginia) Midfield: Ben Bailey (Navy), Paul Gillette (Maryland), Bill McGlone (Maryland), Matt Rewkowski (Johns Hopkins) Defense: Andrew Braziel (Georgetown), Tim DeBlois (Cornell), Mitch Hendler (Navy) Goal: Tillman Johnson (Virginia)
Honorable Mention: Attack: Joe Bossi (Navy), Jeff Bryan (Army), Chris Cara (Bucknell), Andrew Collins (Cornell), Matt Danowski (Duke), Jason Doneger (Princeton), Will Phillips (Pennsylvania), Delby Powless (Rutgers), John Walker (Army)
Midfield: Joe Boulukos (Cornell), Drew Casino (Princeton), Scott Davidson (Denver), Ben DeFelice (Towson), Kevin Frew (North Carolina), Graham Gill (Navy), Ben Grinnell (Dartmouth), Corey Harned (Johns Hopkins), Brendan Healy (Maryland), Steve Looney (Navy), Shawn Lyons (Ohio State), Matt Zash (Duke)
Defense: Oliver Barry (Princeton), Greg McCarthy (Hobart), Stephen McElduff (North Carolina), Brett Moyer (Hofstra), Steve Panarelli (Syracuse), Jack Reid (Massachusetts), Ricky Schultz (Princeton), Joe Urbana (Villanova), Cory Vann (Denver), Dave Wagner (Maryland)
Goal: Brendan Callahan (Stony Brook), Ryan Kelly (Pennsylvania), Mike Levin (Brown), Tim McGinnis (Maryland), Tony Russo (Ohio State), Reed Sothoron (Towson), Paul Spellman (North Carolina), Kevin McKeown (Binghamton)