We had a picture perfect day for this year’s Alumni Game and Family BBQ. Over 20 alums came back to the Prep to prove that they still got it out on the field, plus a handful of other alums and their families cheered from the sidelines. The day started with a clinic for two dozen boys from the Bronx Lacrosse program and it was obvious to those in attendance how much the boys learned and enjoyed themselves. Thanks to Mark Powers ‘02 for once again organizing and running the clinic, as well as the alums who helped out.
For the main event, instead of splitting the alums by even/odd graduation years, as we did last year, we used the “sticks in” method to pair the squads. Once the sticks were collected and the teams made there was immediate grumbling that the White squad was a bit too “loaded” with the younger college guys. So after a few swaps we were ready to go with the White team represented in goal by James Werner ‘14 while the Maroon had Damien McGough ‘95 between the pipes.
The White team came out quick netting three straight to take a 3 - 0 lead. But the Maroon squad found its groove and answered with three of its own to tie it up 3 - 3. Both teams then dug in defensively as each side traded goals until we had a 6 - 6 tie as time ran out. Proving that the Prep’s competitive spirit doesn’t fade when you graduate, the teams overwhelmingly decided to continue playing with sudden death overtime. Following a defensive stop and clear by the Maroon team, the ball found its way into the hands of Chris Milo ‘99 in front of crease who scored and gave the Maroon team a 7 - 6 victory. Chris also receives accolades for the alum traveling the farthest, having come all the way from Florida. Peter Lisanti ‘93 takes the prize for oldest alum and his two goals shows the guys with gray hair can still play. Stephen Zupicich ‘19 was our youngest alum representing the recently minted Class of 2019.
Thanks to all who came out to make it a fun and successful afternoon. We’re looking forward to an even better turnout for next year!