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:
Chris Rainwater '12
Lynchburg Lacrosse "Way of Life"
Lynchburg Lacrosse is defined by sweat and grit. It is something you wear on your sleeve and carry in your heart. We do not play the game to win, we play the game to exercise our will. We are never content and always hungry. As seniors in 2012, we were challenged to win "big games" by our coaches and peers. It was our time to stop talking and to start leading the program the way men do, with actions. Lynchburg Lacrosse would no longer be the hunted, but rather the hunters in 2012.
In March of 2012, we played Stevenson at home during spring break. Coming into the game we had only one loss and Stevenson was undefeated. As seniors, we knew the importance of this game. We knew this year would be different from the last. We knew we would protect our home and achieve victory, no questions. This confidence was not newly prescribed but was the product of constant dedication. You see, we had lost to Stevenson each of the past three seasons. Each one burdened us and created scars. We were tired of it and we had finally reached a breaking point. We all determined these scars would no longer act as burdens but rather as badges of determination.
This game against Stevenson did not come down to 60 minutes on March 10th, 2012. Instead It came down to what Lynchburg lacrosse was doing the past week, the past three months and the past year. It was not going to be won on grounds balls, it was going to be won on workouts at the practice field in November. While other programs shy away from the elements of winter, we embrace them. It's the Lynchburg way. No one needed to give us a motivational speech as the wood for the fire had already been chopped. We were ready for this moment of opportunity to make a stand for every thing we represented. No longer would we walk in the shadows of previous classes and their success. We were ready to ignite our legacy as the class of '12 and to give Lynchburg Lacrosse what it had long been due.
I can remember looking around the locker room on that spring evening and noticing a different level of intensity. Every one in that room, all of my brothers, were ready for this night. I viscously chewed on my mouth piece as we waited for coach to walk in and initiate a moment of prayer. Jon Lombardo sat to my left, helmet and gloves on, stick in hand as he eagerly waited to join me in our mission. We eventually made our way to the field and ran our warm up lap. The music was blaring and I was chanting "woomp woomp" as i did every game. It was a cool Saturday night and the setting sun was barley visible. As always, Stevenson's players were chirping and yelling at us as we made our way around the field. I loved it. The entire team loved it. At that moment, Stevenson should of packed their bags and gotten back on the bus. They knew this was not the same team they had beaten the past three years. Blood was in the water and it was time to hunt. A beast was about to be awakened and unfortunately for Stevenson, they laid in its way.
In life, hard work always beats talent. This is a slogan that can directly relate to Lynchburg Lacrosse. Working hard is not suggested, it is expected. I was not the the most skilled lacrosse player during my time as a member of the Lynchburg Lacrosse team but I always did the little things right. I had to compensate for my flaws and always made it a priority to out work my competition. Lynchburg Lacrosse carved these values in my heart and mind. During the game against Stevenson, my hustle and passion paid off in a play that I will always remember.
It was early in the 3rd quarter and we were down 3-2. Stevenson was clearing the ball and I awaited near the midfield line ready to ride any challenging midfielders. As the result of a tremendous ride by our attack, the Stevenson goalie lobbed an inaccurate pass in my zone of the ride. The pass was targeted for a Stevenson defender and was out of his reach. I saw the ball bounce on the pebble filled turf and proceeded to challenge the play. On my first attempt, I missed the ground ball and the defender was able to gain ground on me. As I said earlier, I had to compensate for my lack of skill with the Lynchburg Lacrosse essentials of hustle and sweat.
I finally gained posesion of the ball to only turn around and notice a defender all over my back and arms. At that moment, four years of Lynchburg Lacrosse culture took over and guided my instincts.It took control and determined that I was not going to loose this one on one battle. I ran up the sideline with the Stevenson defender hacking away at my arms. His relentless checks made it so I could only cradle using my right hand. I continued to run up the sideline as my six foot d-pole awkwardly waved threw the air. I finally created a window of separation between me and the defender and threw a high pass to Matt Manzo. He was another senior who would not let his goals deteriorate at the expense of those who challenged. The pass was high but it did not matter. Manzo was ready to lead with actions and not words. He jumped up in the air and caught the ball with authority. Once controlling the ball, Manzo ran down the middle of Stevenson's defense blowing past potential defenders. His legs moving like pistons on a finely tuned engine, shattering the turf below with every step. It was like the sea had parted for moses, but this was no biblical act. It was a combination of hard work and determination. The fact was Manzo had outworked all every Stevenson defender around him over the past year. While they were settling for less, Manzo was demanding more. He would score on the play and tie the game at 3-3. From that point on, momentum would be on our side as we scored three unanswered goals to seal the game.
Late in the fourth quarter of our game vs Stevenson a timeout was called. Stevenson was on the ropes and they were desperate for a big play. I ran to the sideline with my brothers and huddled around Coach as he projected lacrosse wizardry. I was fired up and in the zone. I swayed back in forth as the speed of my heartbeat made it uncomfortable to remain stationary. Adrenaline was taking over and flowed through out my body. As we were about to break the huddle, I looked over at Vin Curran who stated "Yo dude, you're bleeding!". I Immediately looked down at my jersey and It was covered in blood. I was extremely surprised but Just like the chirping from the Stevenson players, I loved it. I loved the fact I was dedicating sweat and blood for the ultimate goal of victory. In my mind, it represented every thing Lynchburg Lacrosse stands for as a program.
After the game, I took off my jersey and sat it in a pile to be washed. I looked back at it as it was covered in filth from top to bottom. I remember thinking the scars of our time will fade, but that those who walk through this locker room in the future will always carry them onto the field.They will always build on the foundation we leave, with no height being too high.
Lynchburg Lacrosse has a way of paying back those who work the hardest. As I stated earlier, we would go on to win our game against Stevenson 6-3. It was a defensive battle that was rooted in fundamentals and excellent goalie play. It did not have the flash of an offensive shoot out but it did shine light on the values of Lynchburg Lacrosse. It was full of sweat, grit and blood. We out worked Stevenson on multiple levels. We out hustled them and simply wanted it more.
However, like I said before, the wins and losses of this program are not the product of only 60 minutes on the field. They are also not only the product of the ten players who start and shake hands with the opposing team at the beginning of every game. Every Lynchburg Lacrosse victory is truly a team win in every sense of the concept. It starts with the guys on look teams and trickles all the way up to the starters. During this game with Stevenson, our man down defense killed five of six 3:00 minute penalties. One man down sequence featured a six on four situation favoring Stevenson. The play ended with an incredible save by Franc Cook that all but sealed a victory late in the 4th quarter.
Now it would be easy to attribute the success of the man down defense to the players on the field. In reality, the success we saw on the field was directly related to how hard the look man down unit worked during the week and the entire year. These guys did not just run through the motions of the play and do the bare minimum. They embraced their roles and as a result challenged the first team unit. Challenging is an important word in the world of Lynchburg lacrosse. On the field, we challenge the play and each other. Off the field, we challenge ourselves and peers over doing the right thing in every situation
Lynchburg Lacrosse is not only about what you do on the field but also off the field. It is not a commitment, it is a way of life. It has not only influenced who I am on the lacrosse field but also who I am in class, at work and at home. It stimulates growth not only as a player but also as an individual. It has provided me and my past teammates with the mental toughness to achieve anything desirable in life. I know it will do the same for anyone else who is fortunate enough to embrace its passion. I may no longer be a literal member of the Lynchburg Lacrosse team but its values still live strong in the decisions I make everyday.
David Armellini. 1984. Goalie.
President of Armellini Express Lines (a Transportation Management company).
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.
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.
Business Consulting Director with KPMG.
Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at York College.
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.
Manager of Operations for the IT Staffing company, TEKsystems.
Chris Davis. 2001. Long Stick Midfielder.
Owner of StrikerDanger.
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.
Paralegal at Cravath, Swaine, and Moore LLP.
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.
Coach for Rhino Lacrosse.
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.
Lucas Henn. 2002. Defenseman.
Park Technician with Portland Parks and Recreation.
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.
Sales Account Manager with Roxul, Inc.
Michael Huck. 2000. Goalie.
Captain, F/A-18 Fighter Pilot for the United States Marine Corps.
Architectural Sales Representative for Tremco, Inc.
Austin Jeter. 2010. Attackman.
IT Consultant for Avanade.
SIGINT Analyst (GS) for the Department of Defense.
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.
Analyst for the Investment Firm, Transamerica Stable Value Solutions
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).
Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual.
Detective Sargent with the Norwalk Police Department.
Scott Link. 2003. Defenseman.
Manager of Federal Government Accounts for Right Resources.
Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Lynchburg College.
Management Assistant with Enterprise Rent-a-Car
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.
Consultant Manager at Highwater Management
Scott McAlee. 2006. Midfielder.
Fitness Director for Sport and Health.
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.
Vice President of JP Morgan Securities.
Terry Schrecker. 2006. Midfielder.
Bartender at Mott Canyon Bar and Grill.
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.
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.
Instructor of History and Lacrosse Coach at Memphis University School.
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.
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.
Sr. Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.
Bart Wilson. 1979. Goalie.
EMT/Driver working in Patient Transport for Centra Health.
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.