Rick Scott and Chris Papagianis, stars of the Harvard varsity soccer team, were named yesterday to play in the East-West All-Stars game.
The honor came as a surprise to Scott and Papagianis. Coach Bruce Munro did not send in the forms for the December 23 game in Orlando, Fla., because he was sure the team would be busy in Miami for the NCAA finals.
These hopes were dashed, however, when Cornell downed the Crimson, 2-0.
Eastern coach Goth Stamm of Otianti State College in New York felt the East was better with the pair than without, so yesterday he had them telephoned and told to expect their airplane tickets later this week.
Scott and Papagianis also learned yesterday that they were elected to the All-New England soccer team.
Scott, the captain of this year's varsity team, was at his home in Brookline when he received the call from the sports information office.
Papagianis holds the Ivy League record for goals scored in one season. He scored 21 this year, beating the old record of 13.
Before leaving for Christmas vacation--and before hearing of his election to the team--he told his roommates that he had already forgotten about the lost opportunity to play in the Florida sun.
Reached at home in St. Louis last night, he sounded nonplussed about the whole thing. He said that not only was he pleased to be able to play in the East-West game, but he thought he might drop in at the Miami finals.
Also on the East's team will be Bill Staub of Penn, the only team to finish ahead of Harvard in the standings.
Coach Munro retires in a year when Harvard has two All-New England and two All-Star players. And that's the gravy on top of the season's record. Munro, who also coaches the Harvard lacrosse team, will leave the Crimson after that season with a memorable career. Not only did the soccer team make the quarter finals this year and win ten games, but last year Harvard went to the NCAA semi-finals in soccer.