By Jesse Vineyard/GCU Staff
Junior long-stick midfielder and co-team captain Jack Lamey of Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse was named the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Conference (MCLA) Division I recipient of the Godekeraw Award, which is presented by US Lacrosse to the top scholar-athlete in each division of the MCLA. Evan Schraut of North Dakota State University was the Division II honoree.
The award recognizes a student-athlete from each division who not only shows success on the field, but also success in the classroom and in the community off the field.
“It’s a huge honor,” Lamey said. “It’s really humbling to know that of all the really incredible people – not only on this program but all the other teams – that I was honored for this award, even though a lot of other people have put in the work, too.”
Lamey graduated this year in May – a year early – with a 3.75 grade point average and a degree in finance. Throughout his three-year career at GCU, Lamey totaled 128 ground balls and 10 goals while earning multiple awards. Lamey was recently named as an MCLA First-Team All-American and a First-Team All-Southwestern Lacrosse Conference selection, each for the long-stick midfield position. In 2017 alone, Lamey was named Defensive Player of the Year for the SLC, while also being named First-Team All-SLC long-stick midfielder and an MCLA Second-Team All-American. He was also named to the All-Tournament team at the 2017 MCLA National Championships, where he helped lead the Lopes to their second national title. Lamey was honored as a 2017 MCLA Scholar-Athlete as well.
Lamey has also done extensive work in the community, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Ability360, where he teaches and coaches in a wheelchair lacrosse league for those with various disabilities. From here, he has already enrolled in flight school with the hopes to become a commercial aviator.
“I feel like I have a ton of blessings in my life,” Lamey said. “I was lucky enough to have the ability to come play lacrosse at GCU, and I just want to share my abilities in order to have other people enjoy life in the same way that I have been able to.”
Lopes’ Head Coach Manny Rapkin has mentioned about the culture of success – on and off the field – as the two major aspects of the program. Although he wants the entire program to follow these values, Rapkin points to Lamey as one who embodies everything that the team and GCU stands for.
“He has set a great example for everyone on our team and everyone to follow,” Rapkin said. “He’s a good teammate, good student, good person and all done in a very humble way.”
Lamey’s selection for the award is a first for GCU Men’s Lacrosse in the seven-year history of the program.
Called the most prestigious award given to an MCLA player, the Godekeraw Award was first started in 2012 through a gift from Dr. Laurence A. Feldman, founder of LaxPower.com, to the US Lacrosse Foundation. To commemorate the award, Lamey will receive an engraved, hand-made hickory wooden stick crafted by Alf Jacques of the Onondaga Nation.