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Lars' October letter (excellent info)

This past weekend’s Alumni Game was presented as a healing medicine game. This is consistent with the true origins of the game of lacrosse which was always referred to as a game of good medicine and healing, played for the benefit of the community-at-large. The events of August 11 – 12 here in Charlottesville, VA prompted us to choose this route. Words for community wellness for Charlottesville and UVA were provided by Cody Hall (Cheyenne River Miniconjou/Hunkpapa from Eagle Butte, South Dakota). Cody and his Očéti Šakówiŋ Sports Council manage the 7 Flames Lacrosse program, a non-profit that supports the cultural tradition and future of the game in Indian Country. Cody spoke with our men before the game in UHall, discussing issues of social and racial justice. Joining him were two younger members of his program, Pearl and Angelo, who also provided their thanks for the game of lacrosse and for being a part of our Alumni Game. Our men responded with their points of view and discussed how we can serve as agents of change. On the field, a few minutes before game time, Cody and his assistants performed a sage smudging ritual for each man of both teams, who stood in a large circle around the faceoff X. As this was happening, I addressed the crowd providing insight into the meaning of the day’s game and sharing some words of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address.

The game itself was well-played, with a tempo that reflects the UVa style of lacrosse. The alumni put up a strong effort and received strong play in the goal from Dan Marino. Garrett Ince ’11 found the net four times to lead all scorers. I am most grateful to Kip Turner ’07 for his extra efforts to reach out individually to so many of our alumni in order to create this competitive contest for our team, the only one we will play this fall. Rob Schmalz ’90 also stepped up big, providing post-game food and refreshments at Sedona. Thank you to the following alums for returning to Charlottesville:

Alumni Roster
Attack – Garrett Ince ’11, Nick O’Reilly ’13, James Pannell ’16, Joe French ’17
Midfield – Kip Turner ‘07, Pat Harbeson ‘14, Rob Emery ’14, Chris LaPierre ’15, Ryan Tucker ’15, AJ Fish ’17, Blake Riley ‘14
Defense – Matt Lovejoy ’12, Scott McWilliams ’14, Frank Price ’14, Nate Mettinger ’16, Albert Kammler ’16, Tanner Scales ’17, Michael Howard ’17
Goal - Dan Marino
Others – Hannon Wright ’98, Brian McDermott ’11, Bobby Hill ’14, Ryan Lukacovic ’17

Kip was also instrumental in organizing the next day’s events: the 2017 Awards Banquet and Golf Outing at Keswick Hall. This was a great deal of fun. In a beautiful setting, we held the luncheon and reviewed the 2017 season’s highlights, trips and memories. Team and national awards were distributed as we honored the most impactful efforts and connected them to the UVA men of yesteryear. The winners are listed here:

Dr. Allen Voshell (Team MVP): Zed Williams ‘17
Offensive MVP: Michael Kraus ‘20
Defensive MVP: Tanner Scales ’17 & Scott Hooper ‘18
Most Improved: Michael D'Amario ‘18 & Griffin Thompson ‘20
Class of '99 Unsung Hero Award: Jason Murphy ‘17
E. Doyle Smith (Highest GPA): Ryan Montgomery ‘17
Harry Gaver Award for Leadership: Ryan Lukacovic ‘17
Tom Rixey Award for Spirit and Inspiration: Joe French ‘17
Lawrie Riggs Award for Commitment and Citizenship: Michael Rhoads ‘17 & Will McNamara ‘17

Wyatt Melzer ’12 returned to Grounds recently to address the team. We bring in speakers to enlighten and inform our men. With the speakers that are UVA lacrosse alumni, there is a greater connection and more riveting message. We saw this with Rob Schupler ’88 last year and this certainly occurred with Wyatt. Wyatt recently initiated his M2 Passion Project - Changing The World One Passion At A Time. It is rooted in the belief that, “if we work together to help more students/student-athletes discover their passion, and focus on fulfilling that discovery, then we can change the world.” We really enjoyed his message and our staff is reinforcing it.

UVA Lacrosse has lost two of its own recently. Sandy Hoff ’57 and Anthony “Mac” Caputo ’63 were both multi-year All-American defensemen. Sandy was the grandfather of current defenseman Chase Campbell ’18.

Posted: 10/18/2017 at 12:35PM


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Lars' October letter (excellent info) -- QuickStick 10/18/2017 12:35PM
  Good on you, Lars ** -- chipz hoo 10/19/2017 05:09AM

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