Brown Lacrosse Captains Named; Team Awards Announced

Richard Q. Whelan Jr, '04 Unsung Hero Award
Re-named in 2005, the award is given in memory to the Brown lacrosse player who best exemplifies Ricky's unselfish play, dedication to the program and overall commitment to excellence. This defensive midfielder is one of the most persistent young men Brown Lacrosse has seen in quite some time. He does not back down from a challenge, whether in the goal, at the faceoff X or on the basketball courts with Coach Tiffany. He also does not know how to say no, serving in many roles on campus highlighted by his position as Co-President for SAAC the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. But do not let his pleasant off-the-field demeanor fool you; he is a tenacious competitor. His passion for Brown Lacrosse and his teammates, along with his work ethic, are clearly evident to all of us. Undeniable in his pursuits, the 2013 Ricky Whelan Unsung Hero Award goes to American Studies concentrator Corbin Booker '14.

Cliff Stevenson Award
This award is presented annually to the most valuable players of the Brown Lacrosse team in honor of long-time Brown lacrosse and soccer coach Cliff Stevenson, the man our game field is named for. This year's choice selection process was so difficult that the coaching staff has selected an unprecedented three winners. During the 2013 season, we leaned heavily upon our seniors and especially the men at the defensive end of the field for greatness with their play and with their leadership that never wavered. It was three captains who served as the backbone for the program, denying opponents scoring chances and also creating our own offensive production.

First to be described here will be the magician Sam Ford. Unparalleled with his six-foot stick skills, Sam was a ground ball machine, leading our team with 56 GBs, as well as a dodging threat, scoring 4 goals on 16 shots. When Sam stepped over the midline with the ball, his teammates knowingly anticipated an assault on the cage if the opponent erroneously shut off adjacent outlets and tried to attack him. For three years, Sam was the headquarters of the defense, controlling our slides and directing his teammates in and out of the crease. His presence and experience will be greatly missed.

Next to honor is the glove, Roger Ferguson. Our schedule brings great challenges, taking on strong teams and great individuals. With Roger squaring off head-to-head with our opponents' best midfielders, Brown Lacrosse had the luxury of knowing that Roger could keep his match-up quiet throughout the game. He was always around the ball, wreaking havoc while also scooping up 50 GBs, second best on the team. The unselfish teammate, Roger was tied for 4th on the team in assists with 7. We will dearly miss his lockdown prowess and superior speed in the transition game.

And finally, the third man possessed both surgeon-like precision with his takeaways and a stick that may not have found the net ever in his career but could scoop up critical ground balls. In the three overtime periods versus Dartmouth, Clay Del Prince was taken out of the defensive end and put on the faceoff wings. He came through, providing us with several critical possessions despite being in an unfamiliar role. Clay was immune to the pressures placed on him throughout his career, whether it was with the toughest of attackman assignments in Division One or with critical plays required in critical moments. The three winners of the 2013 Cliff Stevenson Award Winner: Philosophy concentrator Sam Ford '13, American Studies concentrator Roger Ferguson '13 and Human Biology concentrator Clay Del Prince '13.

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