Will Scudder

Former Lehigh men's lacrosse standout Will Scudder '11 enters his sixth season on the coaching staff in 2019.

Scudder replaced Tom Compitello who accepted a position at Sacred Heart (and has since returned to Lehigh), then was promoted prior to the 2015 season. Scudder was promoted to associate defensive coordinator, faceoff coordinator and camps/clinics/tournaments coordinator after Brendan Callahan was named head coach at Dartmouth. He was then named defensive coordinator prior to the 2016 season when Errol Wilson was named offensive coordinator, and named associate head coach following the 2018 season. Scudder was a former team captain and All-Patriot League honoree as a Mountain Hawk.

Scudder has helped Lehigh jump back into the national spotlight as heading into the 2019 season, the Mountain Hawks have been ranked in every “way-early” rankings, coming in as high as No. 8 by the Baltimore Sun. The Mountain Hawks are the only team in the league who has advanced to the last eight Patriot League Tournaments.

In 2018, the Mountain Hawks, were ranked as high as 12th nationally and defeated three nationally-ranked teams – beginning with road wins at No. 12 Army West Point and No. 18/19 Hofstra in the span of 10 days. The Mountain Hawks went on to finish the season 10-7, including 5-3 in Patriot League play. Earning the No. 4 seed in the league tournament, Lehigh dominated Colgate at home (11-6) then picked up a 10-9 overtime win against No. 11/13 Navy, just days after the Midshipmen won at Syracuse. Lucas Spence scored the game-winner less than one minute into overtime as Spence (58 points: 35 goals, 23 assists) and Andrew Pettit (66 points: 46 goals, 20 assists) combined for 124 points in 2018.

Pettit, defenseman Craig Chick and faceoff specialist Conor Gaffney were named first team All-Patriot League while Spence, defenseman Eddie Bouhall and long-stick midfielder Teddy Leggett earned second-team laurels. Leggett ended the year with 61 groundballs, becoming just the third non-faceoff specialist to reach 50 GBs in Kevin Cassese’s 11-year tenure as Lehigh head coach, the others being Casey Eidenshink and Chick. Leggett also won the Lehigh Athletics’ J. Daniel Nolan Award presented to the department’s top first-year male student-athlete. Gaffney was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year while garnering third team Academic All-America recognition by CoSIDA.