CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released its 2017 Division I, II and III Scholar All-Americans on Wedesday evening with a pair of Tar Heel student-athletes being named to the Team.
Senior midfielder Stephen Kelly of Lutherville, Md. and senior defenseman Austin Pifani of Roslyn, Pa. are members of this year's squad.
Here is a complete list of USILA Scholar All-Americas since Joe Breschi took over as coach of the Tar Heels in 2009.
2011 - Ryan Flanagan
2014 - Ryan Creighton
2015 - Jimmy Bitter
2015 - Joey Sankey
2015 - Jake Bailey
2016 - Jake Matthai
2016 - Patrick Kelly
2017- Austin Pifani
2017 - Stephen Kelly
In 1989, the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III.
The criteria are:
A Scholar All-America must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale). He will have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution, and to college lacrosse both on and off the field. He must also be an All-American, a member of a North/South team, or an outstanding league or conference player. Please note that simply being a member of the North/South team and/or being All League/Conference does not make the Student-Athlete a lock for the award. Each Individual will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Scholar AA committee.