Harvey H. Stoler Memorial Award


                                                  2017 Harvey H. Stoler Award Recipient - Chris Faherty

The Harvey H. Stoler Memorial Award was established by his teammates and friends in recognition of Harvey's many contributions to UConn Lacrosse, the game of lacrosse, and to the many people he touched throughout his life.

Harvey was among the early pioneers who worked tirelessly to bring the sport of lacrosse to the UConn campus beginning as a club team, which was officially designated by the administration as a varsity sport in 1966. Through his prowess on the field and leadership skills, the club team transitioned into a budding varsity team that posted a winning record in its second year of existence. Harvey went on to captain the 1968 team, and he later coached the 1969 freshman team. Harvey was named to the 1960s All-Decade Team by his teammates. Besides being an outstanding lacrosse attackman, Harvey was a leader and a friend who promoted the highest standards of sportsmanship and respect for, and love of, the game of lacrosse. His teammates and friends responded to Harvey's untimely death in 2015 by establishing the Harvey H. Stoler Memorial Award to be awarded annually to the UConn lacrosse player who demonstrates outstanding lacrosse and academic achievement, provides leadership, and who promotes friendship, sportsmanship and respect for the game.


The UConn Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff is proud to recognize senior defensive midfielder and team captain Chris Faherty as the recipient of the 2017 Harvey H. Stoler Award. “Chris was our emotional leader this season” stated Head Coach Marc Paolini. “Chris is an intelligent and intense defensive midfielder and was a leader among the defensive group”.

Affectionately known as “Turtle”, by his teammates, Chris is an accounting major from Hamden, CT, who said what he will remember most about his four years of playing UConn Men’s Lacrosse is “being a part of the 2015 team sophomore year that won the PCLL title for the first time in UConn history and advancing to the MCLA National Tournament in Southern California”.

Team president, Brett LeClair said “Chris always displays a lot of grit, hustle and leads with his work ethic. He did all the “dirty work” for us by getting ground balls and never wanted to be overly flashy, just the type of guy that puts his head down and works hard every single day”. Brett also said “Chris was a tremendous captain who set the standard for what kind of work ethic it takes to be great both on an off the field”.

Junior captain Alex Gallaer said about Chris “Nobody has ever been more excited on a lacrosse field than Chris when he scored against USF last year. He went absolutely nuts, he scored on an end-to-end goal, and it was awesome to see. I'll never forget him apologizing to the offense during his celebration because he knew they had a good fast break opportunity if Chris didn't take it himself”.

Chris’ biggest piece of advice to all his UConn teammates is “to stay involved with and supportive of UConn Men’s Lacrosse even after graduation”. Chris added “the friendships you make and the stories and laughter will last a lifetime”.



                                                        2016 Harvey H. Stoler Award Recipient - Ronnie Tamburo​​


The Harvey H. Stoler Memorial Award was established by his teammates and friends in recognition of Harvey's many contributions to UConn Lacrosse, the game of lacrosse, and to the many people he touched throughout his life.

Harvey was among the early pioneers who worked tirelessly to bring the sport of lacrosse to the UConn campus beginning as a club team, which was officially designated by the administration as a varsity sport in 1966. Through his prowess on the field and leadership skills, the club team transitioned into a budding varsity team that posted a winning record in its second year of existence. Harvey went on to captain the 1968 team, and he later coached the 1969 freshman team. Harvey was named to the 1960s All-Decade Team by his teammates. Besides being an outstanding lacrosse attackman, Harvey was a leader and a friend who promoted the highest standards of sportsmanship and respect for, and love of, the game of lacrosse. His teammates and friends responded to Harvey's untimely death in 2015 by establishing the Harvey H. Stoler Memorial Award to be awarded annually to the UConn lacrosse player who demonstrates outstanding lacrosse and academic achievement, provides leadership, and who promotes friendship, sportsmanship and respect for the game.

There is more that goes into the game of lacrosse than what you see on the field. What you do not see are good guys who make contributions on and off the field to make the UConn Men’s lacrosse program better. This unsung senior brings energy, an understanding of the culture of the UConn program, and passes his unselfishness and team-first mentality to others. He may not appear in the box score, but he has an impact just the same.

The UConn Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff is proud to recognize senior goalkeeper Ronnie Tamburo as the recipient of the 2016 Harvey H. Stoler Award. “We win with people” Head Coach Marc Paolini said. “What better example of sacrifice and commitment to the team than a back-up goalie who happens to be a senior. Ronnie shows us every day what being a part of a team is”.

Originally from Stamford, CT, Ronnie said what he will miss most after his senior season will be hanging out with teammates, team dinners, team events and bus rides to away games. Affectionately known as Megladon Ron, his teammates say he is a big dude with an even bigger heart.

Fellow senior and team president, Jack Tessorio said “Ronnie helped to keep team moral high at all times this season. He brings leadership, passion, and experience to the team. Even for someone who may not play a lot he is a leader on the bench. At practice he is one of the most high energy guys. He offers advice that is a culmination of his years on the team”.

Junior captain Christopher Reilly adds “Ronnie is a huge help off the field. Ronnie gives many players rides to practice in his 2003 canary yellow Land Rover discovery and even on nights when there is no practice he offers to drive teammates in order to keep them safe. When I roomed with Ronnie during our trip to Texas last year many players came to him for lacrosse help”.

Missing an entire season due to a thumb injury gave Ronnie a greater appreciation of the opportunity to play lacrosse at UConn. “It was difficult being away from the support structure. When I came back it was like joining a new team. It is tough being away from all of your closest friends” he said.  Having been passed over for the starting job in goal, Ronnie did not complain. “He took our level of preparation a step higher by helping out first year goalie Dominick Serio” said coach Paolini.

Ronnie’s biggest piece of advice to all his UConn teammates is “enjoy your time with the team because it goes by fast. You are going to make some lasting memories that will stick with you for the rest of your life”.
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2016 Team Award Winners

Player of the Year
Offensive Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Junior Quincy Pecora was chosen by his teammates as the 2016 UConn Men’s Lacrosse Team MVP. Quincy played in all 14 games this season compiling 27 points and led by example both on and off the field. His passion, determination, unselfish play and total commitment to the team are just a few of the reasons why he was a unanimous decision
  Sophomore Brett LeClair was selected by his teammates as the 2016 UConn Men’s Lacrosse Offensive MVP. Brett also played in all 14 games had an explosive season finishing with a total of 40 points (32 goals, 8 assists). He is just the 4th player in the past 10 seasons to reach the 40 point mark for UConn.

  
  ​Sophomore Alex Gallaer was selected by his teammates as the 2016 UConn Men’s Lacrosse Defensive MVP. With a hard nose attitude and intellect to match, Alex anchored the defense for all 14 games this season. Whether it was stopping a fast break or playing man-down, Alex was on point with getting the defense in the right position to be most effective and counter the opposing offense.
  

2016 PCLL All-Conference 

1st Team All-Conference 

Alex Gallaer - Defense

Alex Keane - LSM

Quincy Pecora - Midfield

2nd Team All-Conference 

Dominick Serio - Goalie

Jack Tesoriero - SS Defense