PISCATAWAY, NJ – Seniors Delby Powless (Hagersville, Ontario) and Joe Duncan (Mountain Lakes, NJ) have been selected to play in the 63rd annual STX/Geico USILA North-South Classic at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, on Saturday, June 12.
The North-South Classic features the best senior men’s lacrosse players in the nation. Powless and Duncan were part of a six-member senior class that helped the Scarlet Knights reach the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1990, 1991.
Powless, an attacker, led Rutgers in goals (31) and was tied with junior Leif Blomquist (Long Beach, NY) with a team-high 38 points. He stared for two years at Herkimer Community College, leading his team in the NJCAA Final Four in 2001 and 2002. Last season, he scored 32 goals for the Scarlet Knights and they engineered the most dramatic turnaround in Division I lacrosse, improving from 2-12 in 2002 to 10-5 in 2003.
This season, he led the ECAC in goals and points. His most impressive performance came on March 13 when he netted seven goals against Quinnipiac. It was the second time in his RU career he had tallied seven goals in a game, which is the fourth highest total in single-game school history. Powless finishes his career as two-time All-ECAC selection and two-time USILA/STX honorable mention All-American with 63 goals and 74 points.
Duncan was a three-year starter who came to Rutgers as a midfielder. In 2002, he moved to defense and started 43 consecutive games to finish his career. He guarded the opponents’ leading scorer on a weekly basis, and successfully contained Syracuse’s Michael Powell in a 14-10 victory over the Orangemen on April 17. Powell, who recently broke the SU record for career points, was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four.
Led by Duncan and senior Andrew Conforti (Ringoes, NJ), Rutgers finished the 2004 season as the ECAC leader in scoring defense (7.08) and scoring margin (+2.69). The Scarlet Knights held six opponents to six goals or less.
RU has had at least one representative in each of the last three North-South Classics. Last year, Nick Schmidt and Jeff Duca participated and Brad Kerwin was selected in 2002.
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.