Four University of Delaware Standouts to Play in USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game Friday Night at Goucher College
May 26, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell; Top to Bottom - Nick Elsmo, Kevin Kaminski, Matt Stefurak, Noah Fossner
BALTIMORE -- Four senior captains who led the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team to a berth in the NCAA Tournament earlier this month will close out their collegiate careers this Friday, May 27, when they compete in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association/Laxworld North-South Senior All-Star Game at Goucher College at 5:30 p.m.
Blue Hen midfielders Kevin Kaminski and Nick Elsmo, defender Matt Stefurak, and goalkeeper Noah Fossner will represent the South team in the annual game that matches the nation’s top seniors from NCAA Division I and Division II schools. The North-South Division III All-Star Game will be held prior to the Division I-II game.
The 36-member South team will be led by Lafayette head coach Terry Mangan and assistant coach Jason Miller of St. John’s. The North team is led by head coach TW Johnson of Hobart.
The four Blue Hens helped lead Delaware to a record of 11-7 this past season for head coach Bob Shillinglaw. The Hens captured the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title and earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the second straight year and for the third time in the last five seasons this spring. Delaware fell to defending national champion and No. 6 ranked Duke 15-14 in the first round back on May 14 in Durham, N.C.
Kaminski (Wallingford, Pa./Strath-Haven HS) earned first team All-CAA honors this spring after ranking fifth on the team in scoring with 19 points on 15 goals and four assists. He was named the CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and netted six of his goals in the post-season. He played in more games than any player in UD men’s lacrosse history with 71.
Elsmo (Annapolis, Md./Severn HS), a second-year transfer from Virginia, played in the NCAA Tournament all four years of his career, including the last two at Delaware. He started all 18 games at the first midfield unit in 2011 and ranked fourth on the squad in scoring with 22 points on 14 goals and eight assists. He led the team with five man-up goals during the season.
Stefurak (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West HS) anchored a Blue Hen defense that held opponents to just 9.5 goals per game. A starter in all 18 games, he ranked among the Blue Hen leaders with 12 caused turnovers and 22 groundballs.
Fossner (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna HS), a three-year starter in goal and only the second three-time captain in school history, capped an outstanding career by earning a spot on the CAA All-Tournament team for the second straight year. He started all 18 games and posted a 9.53 goals against average while recording 179 saves for a .514 percentage. He was named the team’s UD Alumni Association Most Valuable Player this spring and finished his career ranked No. 2 all-time at UD in minutes played (3,004), No. 3 in goals against average (9.60), and No. 6 in total saves (552).
Delaware and Towson are the only schools to have four players on either of the teams and the Blue Hen contingent is among 14 Colonial Athletic Association players taking part in the game. Other CAA competitors are the South team’s Scott Cullinan of Saint Joseph’s, Matt Bernier of Penn State, and Marc Ingerman, Peter Mezzanotti, Patrick Britton, and Tim Stratton of Towson, and the North team’s Travis Tripucka and Ryan Hantverk of Massachusetts and Jay Card and Stephen DeNapoli of Hofstra.