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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dear Boston Globe ....

I enjoyed the note today on the NCAA Lacrosse Championship and the Bay State flavor of the tournament rightfully recognized by your column in the great Boston Globe. 

NCAA lacrosse finals have Bay State flavor
Several area lacrosse players are on teams playing in the NCAA men's lacrosse championships this weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Danno Lynch of Medfield netted 19 goals as a sophomore midfielder for Division 3 finalist Gettysburg College, whose roster includes freshman goalkeeper Jim LeClerc of Acton.

The Division 2 final features two former Tri-Valley League rivals, with C.W. Post senior midfielder Chris Fraser of Ashland on one side and LeMoyne sophomore midfielder Jikado Hanna of Hopkinton on the other.

Division 1 players include Duke sophomore defender Jason Orlando of Sudbury, a Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High grad, and Cornell freshman defender T.J. Weyl of Medfield and the Noble & Greenough School.

TL NOTE:   I am thrilled to see the high level of lacrosse being played throughout Massachusetts, and I pay tribute to Coaches Tom Ryan and Randy Fraser of the Boston Blazers, along with top pro indoor players like Dan Dawson, Mitch Belisle and the rest of the Blazers team for helping the sport grow.  Now, as spring comes along, I look forward to watching the Boston Cannons play at Harvard. Let's get behind the Cannons, people.

As I've very recently relocated from NYC to Boston, I have to pay tribute to my former State, the Empire State of New York and make note of this fact so my new neighbors in Mass welcome the NY State of Mind to the Commonwealth and the great and growing sport of Massachusetts lacrosse:

NY State of LAX: FACT:
Div I title will go to either Cornell (Ithaca, NY) or Syracuse (Syracuse, NY)
Div II title went to CW Post (Brookville, NY/Long Island)
Div III title went to Cortland State (Cortland, NY).

The tourney will switch to Baltimore for a few years, but let's be sure the LAX spirit remains alive and well by supporting the Cannons and the Blazers.  

Here's to Harvard, the NCAA, Gillette Stadium and the rest of Massachusetts for a great job of hosting the NCAA tourney.


Terry Lyons
Newton Centre, Mass
proud uncle of an NCAA champion CW Post women's team player, Kian Lyons.

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