Three Bison Laxers Picked for North/South All-Star Game, Two Make USILA Scholar All-America Team
May 25, 2011
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Coming off a record-setting lacrosse season, Bucknell seniors Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich), Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) have all been selected to play in the Lax World/USILA North/South All-Star Game, while Danylsyhyn and senior Alex Lyons (Owings Mills, Md./Boys' Latin) have earned USILA Scholar All-America honors.
The 2011 Lax World/USILA North/South games will be held on Friday at Goucher College in Towson, Md. The Division III game will start at 3 p.m. at Beldon Field, while the Division I/II contest begins at 5:30 p.m. Bucknell's three representatives will play for the South team, which will be coached by Lafayette mentor Terry Mangan.
Klipstein and Danylyshyn were two of the top scorers for the Patriot League champion Bison this spring. Klipstein recorded his second straight 30-goal season and led the team with 53 points on 32 goals and 21 assists. Danylyshyn had 18 goals and a career-high 18 assists for 36 points, third-most on the squad.
Klipstein was a Second Team All-Patriot League attackman in 2011, and he was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team after helping the Bison to the title. He then had two goals and two assists against Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. Klipstein recorded a point in all 17 games this season and multiple points in 16 of 17.
Danylyshyn was also a Second Team All-Patriot League pick after turning in his best season. He recorded a point in all but one game, and his monster four-goal, five-point night in the regular-season finale at Colgate helped the Bison lock up the No. 1 seed for the postseason tournament.
Clarke will graduate as one of the top faceoff men in program history, and he was also a key short-stick defensive midfielder on a team that annually ranked among the national leaders in fewest goals allowed. The Second Team All-Patriot League pick finished the 2011 season with 105 ground balls, making him the first Bucknell player ever to go over the century mark. Clarke also held the previous mark of 98, and he finished with the top three single-season ground-ball totals in program history as well as the career marks for faceoff wins (422) and ground balls (297).
Lyons and Danylyshyn accounted for two of the team's highest grade-point averages. Also a member of the Patriot League All-Academic Team and a Second Team All-Patriot League selection, Lyons majored in both civil & environmental engineering and business management for engineers. Danylyshyn was a Dean's List student in civil engineering.
A total of nine Patriot League players were selected for the game. Army and Bucknell tied with three selections apiece, while Lehigh placed two and Colgate featured one. The contest is the country's preeminent college men's lacrosse all-star game that features players that have exhausted their NCAA eligibility. The game has been played nearly uninterrupted since 1940.
The North team will boast three from Army, including Jeremy Boltus, Tom Palesky and Rob McCallion. They will be joined by Colgate's Dave Tucciarone. Joining Clarke, Danylyshyn and Klipstein on the South side will be Jonathan Stumpf and Will Scudder of Lehigh.
Bucknell won a program-record 14 games in 2011 with only three losses. The Bison captured the Patriot League regular-season and tournament titles before dropping an overtime heartbreaker at Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Bucknell finished a best-ever seventh in the final USILA Coaches' Poll (published prior to the NCAA Tournament) and ninth in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll (announced following the tournament).