48 - Clay Del Prince
Clay Del Prince
Height: 5-10
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Hamburg, NY
High School: Frontier
Position: D

Someday in the future, Clay's tool of choice may be a stethoscope, checking on his patients' heart and lung health.  For now, the future doctor is doing most of his checking with a long stick on opposing attackmen.  As a starting defenseman the past two seasons, Clay has demonstrated his future surgical skills with his astonishingly subtle style of separating the ball from his man.  Even more impressive is the lack of penalties (only 2) he accrued in 2012 while he was creating 27 turnovers and guarding the opponent's best attackman every game.   From day one of his Brown career, we knew we had a defenseman with the footwork to cover the quickest and shiftiest of dodgers.  Soon, the rest of his game blossomed and Clay continues to emerge today as a premier collegiate defenseman.  His stick-work has become much more than simply efficient; he is making sophisticated plays with ground balls and his passing.  Now that Clay serves as a captain for us, he has even more checking to do:  taking stock of the men and the daily tone of the program.  Clay has excelled in this role already, solidifying the position of leadership that every program craves and absolutely needs.  2012:  Team captain...All-Ivy selection in 2012 (HM), he is aggressive close defenseman and two-year starter for the Bears...Matched up against the opponent’s best attackman each game, Del Prince ranked 14th in the nation with 1.86 caused turnovers per game, while only drawing two penalties the entire season...His five caused turnovers against Princeton, and four against Hartford, Duke and Providence...Also played a key role in Brown's man-down defense which was ranked 5th nationally...Picked up 24 ground balls…Earned Brown’s Dom Starsia Coaches Award (2012)...2011: Earned a starting role, making starts in 13 of 14 games…Picked-up 24 ground balls for the season…Picked-up five ground balls in a win over St. Joseph’s, and three each against Harvard, Bryant and Vermont…2010: Saw action in five games for the Bears…Secondary School Background: A graduate of Frontier Central High School where he lettered in lacrosse for all four years, and football… Two-time lacrosse team captain… US Lacrosse All-American selection… Named First Team All-Western New York for two seasons and First Team All-Erie County Interscholastic Conference for three… Also named First Team Buffalo All-Metro and the Buffalo FAN Awards Player of the Year in 2009… Selected to Second Team All-Western New York in 2007… Played club lacrosse for Western Empire, the Buffalo All-Stars, and the Hamburg Knights… Member of the National Honor Society and high honor roll for all four years… Personal: The son of Kenneth and Lori Del Prince… Has an older brother, Steve, and older sister Kimberlyn… Enjoys golf and fishing… Concentrating Human Biology.