Men’s Lacrosse Celebrates 40th Anniversary All-Time Team
BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University of Vermont men’s lacrosse program celebrated 40 years of varsity status on Saturday, welcoming back over 110 alumni to campus. The Catamounts also announced their 40th Anniversary All-Time Team in a special reception at the UVM Alumni House.
Below are details on each member of the team, which was selected exclusively by Vermont men’s lacrosse alumni.
Brooks Mohrman (1977)
Brooks played three years with the Catamounts and was one of the leading scorers each season. In 1977, he was the leading scorer with 63 points over 12 games, including a 10-point performance against Norwich. He was also an assistant coach for Vermont’s first varsity season in 1978.
Courtenay Jenkins (1978)
Courtenay was the co-captain of the Catamounts in 1977 and 1978. In the inaugural ’78 varsity campaign, he compiled 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points and was named to New England All-Star team. Off the field, he wrote articles for the Vermont Cynic covering games and coordinated promotional activities in the team’s varsity infancy.
Scott Montgomery (1986)
Scott holds the program records for career points (283) and career assists (205). His 85 points as a senior are also a program record for a single season. UVM won 40 games during career in the Green and Gold. He was the first men’s lacrosse player inducted into the UVM Athletics Hall of Fame.
Craig Mygatt (1988)
In 1985, Craig scored 50 goals in 13 games. He holds the program record for career goals (148). He matched a program record, scoring eight goals in a single game in 1985. In 1986, he scored 30 goals and helped lead UVM to a program-record 11 wins.
Tim Shannehan (1991)
An All-New England selection at attack, Tim finished his career at Vermont second all-time in goals (117) and third in points (182). A UVM Athletics Hall of Fame member, he accomplished this after suffering two serious knee injuries. As a senior, he compiled 65 points in 14 games.
Gordon Allen (1997)
As a senior, Allen was named to the America East All-Conference first team after notching a team-high 46 goals. He was second on the team with 22 assists. The Catamounts won 10 games that season and advanced to the ECAC Championship Game, making the first-ever postseason appearance for the program.
Kip Edwards (2001)
Kip led the Catamounts in scoring all four seasons, including 22 goals and 17 assists as a senior in 2001. He was a three-time America East All-Conference selection and ranks ninth all-time at UVM with 159 career points.
Drew Philie (2013)
A four-year starter and three-year captain, Philie finished his career ranked fifth in program scoring with 176 points. He scored a point in all but one game in his college career. He was named America East Rookie of the Year in 2010 and was a four-time America East All-Conference Second Team selection.
John Combias (1979)
John was awarded team MVP in 1979 after scoring a team best 27 goals during his senior campaign. He added 10 assists and was second on the team with 37 points. He was selected to the East-West All-Star Team and is a supporting member of the Founder’s Group.
Grover Usilton (1986)
A tremendous crowd favorite, Grover was known as the “G-Train” for his infamous crease-to-crease scoring ability. He was the captain of the 1985 and 1986 teams and amassed 45 goals in his career.
Scott Gabrielsen (1987)
Scott was the first Catamount to be named an All-American, receiving that honor in 1986. He is Vermont’s highest scoring midfielder with 96 career goals and 130 points. He was a two-time captain and is a UVM Athletics Hall of Fame inductee. He also won five NLL championships with the Philadelphia Wings.
Mark Woods (1988)
Woods amassed 44 goals and 37 assists in his career and was a part of the group that won a program-record 11 games in 1986. He was known by his teammates as solid and dependable. As a senior, he was fourth on the team in scoring with 29 points.
Joe ‘Jody’ Scharfenberger (1994)
Jody was a two-time North Atlantic Conference All-Conference team selection. He had 78 points during his career, including 57 goals. He co-captained the 1994 team which went 10-3 including an upset of No. 14 Yale on the road. Following that season, he became the first Catamount to be selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game.
Matt Dias (2001)
Matt was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior, helping the Catamounts reach the America East Semifinals. During his senior campaign he tallied 16 goals and seven assists. As a junior, he was second on the team with 44 ground balls.
Eric Smith (2001)
Eric was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player as a senior, helping the Catamounts reach the America East Semifinals. He was awarded the Rick Farnham Hustle Award in 2000 and 2001 and was known to his teammates as the heart and soul of the team his entire four years.
Sean Layton (2007)
Sean was the team leader in goals and points during his freshman and junior years. He had 26 goals and 42 points each of those seasons. He was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team three consecutive seasons. In 2006, he also earned All-New England Second Team Honors.
Ian MacKay (2018)
In 2016, MacKay became the first Catamount to be named America East Offensive Player of the Year. He picked up 70 points and helped lead UVM to their first-ever America East Championship game appearance. He has been the team MVP each of the last three seasons and entered this year sixth in program history with 171 career points.
John Cobb (1983)
John was named the team MVP in 1982 and 1983; he was also co-captain both of those seasons. The 1983 squad was the first in program history to have a 10-win season. They also set what was then a program record with five consecutive wins.
David Miller (1987)
David was a part of the second-winningest class in UVM history with 38 career victories. He was awarded the Rick Farnham Hustle Award in 1987. A co-captain his senior year, he was known as a relentless one-on-one defender. During his junior campaign the team won a program-record 11 games.
Dean Corkum (1988)
A two-time captain in 1987 and 1988, Corkum was awarded Most Improved Player in 1986. He was instrumental defensively in UVM’s 20-7 record between 1985 and 1986. He brought a linebacker’s mentality to the position and was one of the team’s smartest and most dependable players.
John Scotnicki (1988)
John was known to his teammates as an intimidating defenseman, a 60 minute, smart all-round player. During his senior campaign, the defense averaged 10.9 goals against as the Catamounts won six games. Between 1986 and 1987, he was a key piece as UVM won nine games in a row.
Dave Giarrusso (1992)
In 1992, Dave was team captain and the Most Valuable Player. He was a four-year starter and leader on defense and was assigned to the opposition’s top attackman every game. As a senior, he was a North Atlantic All-Conference selection as the Catamounts won six games including five on the road.
Sandy Bernhardt (1993)
As a senior, Sandy was co-captain and a North Atlantic All-Conference performer. He worked himself into the starting lineup late in his freshman season and continued to start over the remainder of his career. The team won 10 games his senior year including wins over Yale, Providence, Boston College and Delaware.
Adam Cate (1993)
Adam was the Most Valuable Player during the 1993 campaign as he guided the team to a 10-5 record. They became the fourth team in program history to win 10 games. He was an All-New England Second Team selection following his senior campaign.
Ian Hopper (2001)
Hopper holds the program record for single-game, season, and career scoring for a defenseman at UVM. He led the nation in scoring for defensemen with seven goals during his senior campaign. In 2001, he helped lead the Catamounts to the America East Semifinals.
Garnet Smith (2003)
Smith was a two-year captain and four-year starter for the Catamounts. He made two trips to the America East Semifinals in 2001 and 2003. He was a tremendous leader on and off the field. During his senior campaign, he scooped 24 ground balls and contributed a goal and an assist.
Paul Noniewicz (1986)
Paul racked up a .701 save percentage in his four years, which remains the top mark in program history. As a senior, he made 208 saves as the Catamounts captured a program-record 11 wins. During the 1986 campaign he compiled a 9.47 goals-against average which is third in program history.
Chris McCabe (1991)
Chris was named the team MVP in 1990 and 1991. He is the program’s all-time leader in saves with 712. He is also the single-season record holder, having made 260 saves in 1991. His .693 save percentage led the nation in 1991. A member of the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame, Chris led the first UVM team to be nationally ranked.
Scott Bevill (1995)
Scott was the team MVP in 1994 and 1995. He earned North Atlantic All-Conference Honors in 1992, 1993, and 1995. In 1994, he had a 7.99 goals against average as the team achieved the highest national ranking of any UVM lacrosse team.
Mike Gabel (2005)
Gabel ranks in the top-three in every career statistical category. An America East All-Conference First Team selection in 2003, he was a two-time team defensive MVP during his career. His 6.13 goals against average in 2003 is the lowest in program history. Last fall, he was inducted into the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame.
Each returning alumnus was introduced on-field during halftime of Vermont’s game against Hartford on Saturday, as were members of the 40th Anniversary All-Time Team.