WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Three seniors on George McCormack's Williams College 2020 lacrosse team that opened its season with four straight wins before the season was ended by the CoVid-19 pandemic have earned Scholar All-American honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).
Players selected as USILA Warrior and New Balance Scholar All-Americans must be nominated for All-America honors, or be a member of a North-South All-Star team and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
The honored Eph senior trio of midfielder Brendan Hoffman, defender Rock Stewart, and attack Kevin Stump were all four-year lettermen. "I'm very happy for Brendan, Rock, and Kevin," noted Eph head coach George McCormack. "Being recognized as a strong student-athlete means a lot to our players and coaching staff. All three seniors will surely be missed as their impact on our lacrosse program was immense."
Hoffman a History major and Stewart a double major in Physics and Economics, grew up playing youth lacrosse together in Darien, Conn. and they became the first two Ephs drafted by Major League Lacrosse (MLL) when Hoffman was selected 19th by the Philadelphia Barrage and Stewart was selected 30th by the New York Lizards.
Stewart, however, became the first Eph to ink an MLL contract when he signed with the Lizards shortly after the draft. Hoffman has decided to pursue a career outside of lacrosse at this time.
Hoffman who appeared in just one of four games this spring due to injury netted 102 goals in 56 games and recorded 28 assists. His 55 goals and 19 assists last year placed him fifth on the Eph all-time list for most goals in a season and tied for fourth in most points in a season.
In 59 games for the Ephs Stewart tallied 14 goals and assisted on 5 and he scooped up 223 ground balls, which places him second all-time at Williams. In addition, Stewart is second in the Eph record book for career caused turnovers with 75.
Stump, an Economics and Religion major form Allentown, Pa., played in 58 games during his time in the Purple Valley and he scored 152 goals and registered 48 assists. His career total of 200 points finds him ranked sixth all time in career points for the Ephs. His 152 goals is the second most scored by an Eph in a career. His 61 goals in the 2018-19 season is also the second highest single season total at Williams.