A Way of Life- Nick Braun '04

A Way of Life- Nick Braun '04

Lynchburg Lacrosse is a Way of Life. From the early days of the program to the most recent, each member of each graduating class can recite any number of moments in their careers that speak to this way of life. We do things a certain way around here and this way of life guides those who have come through this program in their careers and their lives. This is just a glimpse of what this way of life is all about as told by the great men of this program:

I have only shared this document with a couple of people. This is a journal I wrote on April 9th, 2003. This is my journal entry the night before we traveled to Salisbury State University and played in one of the most historic lacrosse games in Lynchburg College Lacrosse history. I was a junior that year and was the starting goalie. To this day, I am not exactly sure why I decided to write this, but I am glad I did. Here were go:

4/9/03

I have wanted to write a journal for a long time and I wanted to share how I felt about this year so I can look back. Right now, we are in Virginia Beach in this sweet hotel.  Our bus ride was awesome and we road down in style in the newer type charter bus. Three T.V's on each side, comfortable seats, and the normal seating arrangements for the away games consisting of me and Bob in front of Rhino and Chuck.  We have continued this routine since our freshman year.

Our room has Kemper (Brian Kemp), Joey Matta, and myself. We have two beds, bathroom, and a common room with a balcony looking out to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. We are all in amazement. The whole team is in amazement. Kemper is currently tinkering with his stick and Matta is watching some rap show on BET.

I just wanted to take step back and realize how lucky I really am. I have 40 great friends and these bus trips are really special. It is great bonding time. When we first got off the bus we went down to check out the pool and beach. The smell of the beach was amazing; it brought back some great memories. The sounds and lights on the Bay Bridge Tunnel make me dream about having a boat and fishing the bridge.

I feel like I am playing a D1 sport and I thank coach for everything. We have a great opportunity tomorrow that I will never get back again in my life. Salisbury State is #1 in the nation and is the best team in the country. Its crazy how far I have come, form playing on a crappy high school club team (Chesterfield Lacrosse Club) and getting smoked by prep schools to play with some of the best college players in the nation. I feel very lucky. I thank my father for being my mentor and teaching me the importance of life. I have learned so much from my parents and I thank the lord.

Coach K is a special coach. He believes in this team and somehow pushes us so hard, and we enjoy it. I hope tomorrow, the hard work will be worth it.  Coach has been a great mentor to us on and off the lacrosse field. It's not all about winning and losing, it's about being responsible for your actions and having a bond with your teammates. 

It is suppose to rain tomorrow and it should be a mud-bowl. We don't care where we play. We want to go to battle and I would not want to be with any other guys than these 36 men.

I have started the last 4-5 games and the season has flown by. I don't even know what our record is; I try to play game by game. Seeing action pictures of Nick Braun in goal is like a dream come true. I wanted to get things off my chest. I like being able to go back and read memories. I can't wait for summer to come and to go the beach and go deep sea fishing. Getting a good nights sleep for tomorrow.  Go Burg.

Note:

Little did I know, I made 18 saves and was the Inside Lacrosse National player of the week after that game. If we lost, I probably would have thrown this in the trash. But something magical happened that next day and we went on to have a remarkable year.  This was just a small snapshot of our 2003 season, but it was one for the books and I think it symbolizes a way of life for this team during a special season

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David Armellini. 1984. Goalie.

President of Armellini Express Lines (a Transportation Management company).

Johnny Black. 2008. Midfielder.

Senior Search Consultant (Recruiter) for Stephen James Associates.

Eddie Bilinkas. 2011. Midfielder

Student of Criminal Defense Lawyer at New England School of Law.

Leon Bournes. 2008. Midfielder.

Assistant Personal Training Director with Fitness First Health Clubs.

Nick Braun. 2004. Goalie.

Project Environmental Scientist with Groundwater & Environmental Services (GES).

Chad Brown. 1995. Defenseman.

Regional Sales Manager with Boston Scientific.

Ryan Butler. 2010. Defenseman.

Legal Assistant with Pinto & Butler, Attorneys at Law.

Shawn Carson. 1995. Midfielder/Attackman.

Internal Wholesaler (Annuities Banker) with Wells Fargo.

Brian Catney. 1997. Attackman.

Business Consulting Director with KPMG.

Brandon Childs. 2004. Attackman.

Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at York College.

Chad Clark. 2006. Defenseman.

Territory Manager Associate for the Medical Device Sales company, Applied Medical.

Todd Collier. 2007. Long Stick Midfielder.

Analyst for the Facility Operations company STGi.

Kevin Collins. 1994. Attack.

SVP, Director of Investment for MillerCoors.

Toby Costello. 2003. Attackman.

Real Estate Broker with Wheelhouse Investment Real Estate Brokerage.

Ryan Cranston. 2008. Midfielder.

Sports Training Center Director in King of Prussia for Lacrosse Evolution.

Garrett Curran.
2008. Goaltender.

Manager of Operations for the IT Staffing company, TEKsystems.

Chris Davis. 2001

Chad Day. 2006. Midfielder.

General Manager for Servpro of St. Mary's and Calvert County.

Matthew Delaney. 2002. Midfielder.

Mortgage Loan Officer for Bank of America.

Lauren DelSignore. 2011. Athletic Trainer.

Certified Athletic Trainer and Graduate Student in Athletic Administration at Springfield College.

Chris Eggeling. 2011. Attackman.

Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Randolph College.

Jeff Eggeling. 2009. Defenseman.

Admissions Counselor and Lacrosse Coach at Virginia Episcopal School (VES).

Christopher Evans. 2002. Defenseman.

Project manager for Paradigm Construction.

Brandon Fell. 2007. Defenseman.

Branch Account Executive in Corporate Sales for Sharp.

Peter Fleury. 1992. Defenseman.

Senior Project Manager with S&ME, Inc.

W.Emmett FitzGerald. 1997

Director of Americas Sales for Aspect Capital, Inc.

Kyle Fortman. 2009. Midfielder.

Internal Communications Coordinator for Choice Hotels International.

Adam Gift. 2006. Midfielder.

Event Operations Manager at Marriott.

Jon Gilden. 2002. FOGO.

PE and Math Teacher at the Jemicy School.

Pawel Godlewski. 2006. Midfielder.

Digital Activation and Analytic's Manager with Starcom Mediavest.

Brennen Green. 2010. FOGO.

Coach for Rhino Lacrosse.

Zack Greene. 2003. Midfielder.

Certified Public Accountant (Supervisor) with HeimLatnz, P.C.

Paul Guarino. 1989. Long Stick Midfielder

President Path Medical Products, LLC.

Jon Hadfield. 1996. Defenseman/Long Stick Midfielder.

Senior Associate (Attorney) with Sutherland Allen & Overy LLP.

B.J. Hinkle. 1994. Midfielder.

Sales Account Manager with Automatic Data Processing.

Jordan Hirsch. Masters Degree, 2010. Assistant Coach.

Special Education Teacher and Lacrosse Coach in the Hendrick Hudson School District.

Tuck Holman. 1989. Long Stick Midfielder.

Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor, PIA Portfolio Manager for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

Jason Howell. 2002. Midfielder.

Sales Account Manager with Roxul, Inc.

Michael Huck. 2000. Goalie.

Captain, F/A-18 Fighter Pilot for the United States Marine Corps.

Marty Jakovics. 1999. Goalie.

Architectural Sales Representative for Tremco, Inc.

Austin Jeter. 2010. Attackman.

IT Consultant for Avanade.

Ryan Johnson. 2003. Defenseman

Chris Johnson. 2004. Goalie.

SIGINT Analyst (GS) for the Department of Defense.

David Kaye. 2003. Defenseman.

Financial Advisor with Scott & Stringfellow. Also, Assistant Lacrosse coach at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School.

Brian Kemper. 2006. Midfielder.

Web developer with the Information Technology company, Message Systems.

Aaron Khouri. 2010. Midfielder.

OS Deckhand with the Marine Oil Shipping group, Vane Brothers.

Norby King. 2008. Goalie, FOGO.

Analyst for the Investment Firm, Transamerica Stable Value Solutions

Buddy Kitselman. 1998. Defenseman.

Sales Specialist with Thomson Reuters.

John Kuczo. 1988. Attackman.

President of Kuczo Tree & Lawn Care LLC.

Andrew Layman. 1992. Defenseman.

Assistant General Manager for the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Minor League Baseball).

Scott Lemen. 2010. Long Stick Midfielder.

Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual.

Marc Lepore. 1992. Attackman.

Detective Sargent with the Norwalk Police Department.

Scott Link.
2003. Defenseman.

Manager of Federal Government Accounts for Right Resources.

Jon Lombardo. 2012. Defenseman.

Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Lynchburg College.

Jason Long. 2011. Midfielder.

Management Assistant with Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Henn Lucas. 2002. Defenseman.

Park Technician with Portland Parks and Recreation.

Bob Mark. 1985. Defenseman.

Chief Medical Sales Officer with Liberty Medical.

Matt Martini. 2002. Attackman.

Math Teacher at Oakland Mills High School.

Joe Matta. 2003. Midfielder.

Consultant with Synthes.

Jon Matta. 2010. Midfielder.

Consultant Manager at Highwater Management

Scott McAlee. 2006. Midfielder.

Fitness Director for Sport and Health.

Bill McCulloch. 2005. Attackman.

Auditor in the Quality Control Department of George Mason Mortgage, LLC. Also, Boys Lacrosse Coach at W.T. Woodson High School, VA.

Brian McCulloch. 2007. Attackman.

Deputy of Operations for the International Tourism company, Military Historical Tours, Inc.

Bob McGrath. 2009. Defenseman.

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (Project Manager/Consultant) with The Remedy Group.

Andrew McKenna. 1999. Defenseman.

CEO of the Advisory and Finance group, Mckenna and Associates.

Brent Meyer. 1994. Attackman.

Owner/President of CLP Painting, Inc.

James Mitchell. 1991. Defenseman.

President of the contracting company, Superior Paving Corp.

Stephen Morris. 2002. Attackman.

Head Superintendent with the General Contracting company, Morris Construction Company, LLC.

Mikey Mundorf. 2009. Attackman.

Field Engineer/Project Lead for Cressnetwork Services.

Randy Nace. 1994. Goalie.

Mortgage Loan Officer with Aliant Bank.

Josh Paris. 2001. Attackman.

Director of Contracts for the Government Contracting company, MAG Defense Services, LLC.

Chris Perzinski. 2008. Defenseman.

Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Gettysburg College.

Kurt Peter. 2009. Goalie.

Director of Catering/Chef at The Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Phil Polizzotti. 1989. Defenseman.

Principal/Sr. Manager of the Marketing/Networking organization ExcelTi-SOC. Also the Head Lacrosse Coach at Westfield High School, Chantilly, VA.

Ryan Poteet. 2007. Midfielder/Defenseman.

Law Student at Chapman University School of Law.

Ryan Quick. 2007. Midfielder.

Property Manager for the commercial Real Estate company, Monday Properties.

Kevin Reinecke. 2004. Attackman.

Account Manager with Apex Systems

Shane Roscher. 2010. Defenseman.

Trainer/Student at Xsport Fitness/Paramedic Student.

Brett Scarborough. 2001. Defenseman.

Vice President of JP Morgan Securities.

Terry Schrecker. 2006. Midfielder.

Bartender at Mott Canyon Bar and Grill.

Jeff Schwartz. 2012. FOGO.

Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Lynchburg College

Nick Sfakianos. 2001. Midfielder

Consultant with Synthes.

Max Silberlicht. Master's Degree, 2012. Assistant Coach.

Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Bowdoin College.

Andy Sinclair. 2003. Midfielder.

Head Lacrosse Coach at Randolph College.

Tom Sipple. 1991. Attackman.

Vice President of the Digital Media group, InterActive Corp.

Phil Smith. 1986. Midfielder/Attackman.

Vice President of Community and Southern Bank.

Joe Starsia. 2006. Defenseman.

Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Colgate University.

Taylor Stehlgens. 2008. Midfielder.

Connections Associate for the Media Agency, Starcom Mediavest.

Dennis Sullivan. 1997. Defenseman.

Teacher and Lacrosse Coach at North County High School.

Tom Sullivan. 1990. Midfielder.

Account Executive with Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Whit Tenent. 2004. Midfielder.

Instructor of History and Lacrosse Coach at Memphis University School.

Adam Tinklepaugh. 2006. Attackman.

Medical Physician with Intermountain Medical Center.

Tyler Tolson. 2009. Attackman.

Sales and Marketing Assistant with the Energy Efficiency company, Phoenix Energy Technologies.

Ed Troy. 1996. Attackman.

Senior Refined Products Broker (Commodities Broker) with PVM Futures, Inc.

Brandon Uyeno. 2005. Defenseman.

Business Development Manager (Sales) for Siemens Industry Inc.

Joe Venturella. 1999. Defenseman.

Analytical Development Chemist with Patheon Pharmaceuticals.

Paul Venturella. 2003. Midfielder.

Purchasing Agent with Architect of the Capitol.

Matt Ward. 1997. Defenseman.

Purchasing Manager for the custom homebuilding company, Future Homes, Inc.

Bill Washington. 1985. Midfielder, Defenseman.

Managing Director/Partner with the securities business, Capitol Securities Management.

Steve Weis. 2008. Attack.


Andrew White. 2006. Midfielder.

Sr. Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Bart Wilson. 1979. Goalie.

EMT/Driver working in Patient Transport for Centra Health.

Andrew Wilfong. 2012. Midfielder.

Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Lynchburg College.

Rob Wittstadt. 2007. Midfielder.

Location Scout for the production of ABC's television show "The River."

Ben Wright. 2012. Defenseman.

Medical Recruiter at the Judge Group.

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