Several lacrosse stars held a youth clinic Thursday in Newtown, Conn., in the wake of a shooting that killed 20 children and six adults Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Players who took part in the clinic are sponsored by Brine/Warrior and included former Chesapeake Bayhawk and Lacrosse Hall of Famer Mark Millon, Eric Lusby (Loyola University), Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury, CCBC-Essex), Matt Bocklet (Johns Hopkins), Steven Brooks (Bayhawks) and Jeremy Sieverts (Maryland, McDonogh).
“The tragedy up there at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown was truly unspeakable.” Millon said. “So holiday or not, it was pretty easy to offer up our time in hopes that we might make even a small difference in a young boy or girl's life.”
According to Millon, about 150 kids participated.
“I think we all felt good knowing that we gave up some of our time to put a smile on face that may not have smiled much in the past few weeks,” said Millon, who is coming out of retirement to return to Major League Lacrosse next season after five years out of the league.
Hoyas grad Sweeney an adviser to Turkey Lacrosse
Turkey Lacrosse, which has been recruiting highly experienced lacrosse players and enthusiasts to help spread the game in Turkey, announced the addition of former Georgetown star Kyle Sweeney to its Board of Advisers.
A defenseman for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, Sweeney has won four MLL titles, been selected for seven All-Star games and played on the 2006 and 2010 U.S. national teams. Off the field, he is the chief operations officer of Maverik Lacrosse, a lacrosse equipment manufacturing company, as well as the co-founder of Gotham Lacrosse, a league dedicated to organized post-collegiate lacrosse.
"Lacrosse has been so influential in my life and opened countless doors," Sweeney said. "It is truly a driving factor in all facets of my life. If a fraction of the doors that opened for me can open for a Turkish player, I will be happy."
Added Patrick Dougherty, founder and executive director of Turkey Lacrosse: "The Turkey Lacrosse Board and I are thrilled that Kyle is willing to help our program in terms of his extensive knowledge of the game not only as a player but also as a businessman. Kyle is a true gentleman of the sport."
Turkey Lacrosse will hold national team tryouts in late June, immediately followed by a friendly match with the Israeli team in July. In September, the organization will host Turkey Lacrosse Open 2013 in Alanya with plans to have 16 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams competing.
John Carroll's Giannelli on MLCA POY watch list
Virginia Tech attackman Matthew Giannelli (John Carroll) was named to the Player of the Year watch list for the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association by Inside Lacrosse. Giannelli was chosen as an MCLA second-team All-American last season as the Hokies won the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference championship.
Inside Lacrosse contributed.