By James Macey & Marissa Gugala – 1851 Staff
Men’s lacrosse gained a valuable conference win over Regis College on April 14 on Grellier Field as they crushed the Regis Rangers 16-3.
The Lasers led after the first two quarters 7-2. The men in blue gained momentum in the third quarter, scoring seven consecutive goals, shutting out Regis until the last quarter. Following the game, the men’s lacrosse team held a ceremony in the Athletic Center to honor all past alumni who participated in the program.
Current members of the men’s lacrosse team along with alumni honored Kevin Michael Flaherty and others during the postgame ceremony. Flaherty was honored through words, a video, t-shirts, and hats adorned with his initials and lacrosse jersey number, 33.
Flaherty was hit by a car while crossing Woodland Road on September 29, 2006. He succumbed to his injuries a day later. “We are keeping his memory alive,” said Director of Athletics Kristy Walter. Flaherty is remembered by many for his smile and positive energy.
Attendees heard from Mark DeMieri (‘10), Chris Labreche (‘07), and Head Coach Bill Mason. DeMieri said, “It is a great day to be a Laser.” He described how the men’s lacrosse team embodies the intense energy and excellence that Lasers represent. He touched upon the important foundation left by the alumni players and the impact it has made on the team today.
Labreche met Flaherty on the lacrosse field and the two later became good friends. Labreche described Flaherty as the type of person that would never give up on a ground ball. “He would lay you out if you were lagging. No matter how much he played or didn’t play, he was going to hype you up to get you playing as hard as you could,” said Labreche. The ‘07 alum hopes current players see Flaherty’s story as a motivation to work hard.
The men’s lacrosse team is “more than just ‘lax bros,’” said Mason when he addressed their involvement in the White Ribbon Campaign. This is a global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women. Three years ago, members of the team approached Mason asking if they could start a campaign surrounding the movement – it’s been going on every year since.
Brotherhood, friendship, and family were just three characteristics used to describe the team during this ceremony. Walter addressed the alumni and current players. “[All of you] in some way have played an important part in this program,” said Walter. It is with hope from attendees that these ceremonies become an annual event for the team.