4th Annual Fallen Heroes Lacrosse Game: Please come out and support the DeMatha Lacrosse Varsity team on Friday, March 28th 7:00pm at University of Pennsylvania's Penn Park - Ace Adams Field. They are playing their Annual Fallen Heroes game with LaSalle College High School from Pennsylvania. However, this is so much more than a game as they will honor two men, two alumni from both schools, who gave their lives for our great nation. No admission - $12 for parking.

First LT. Travis Manion (LaSalle) died in Iraq in 2007. His roommate from the US Naval Academy, Lt. Brendan Looney (DeMatha), died in Afghanistan in 2010. When Travis died he was originally buried in a family plot near his hometown. However, after Brendan passed away, the decision was made to bury both men side by side at Arlington National Cemetery. The decision to do this made national news and was covered by all of the major networks.

It was about this time that the high schools of both men spoke by phone and decided to honor both with a 'Fallen Heroes' lacrosse game. The first game was played in 2011 at the Naval Academy. Game two in 2012 was held in Doylestown and last year's game was held at Catholic University.  Travis played lacrosse in high school and wrestled at Navy. Brendan played football and baseball at DeMatha. At Navy, he played football and lacrosse, and was a key member of the Navy team that went to the National Championship Game in 2004. Below is link for the video about both young men.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moRHtRMRN64

This year we will also be honoring Marine Staff Sgt Marc Golczynski, father of Christian Golczynski class of 2016. Marc lost his life March 27, 2007 during his second deployment in Iraq. He was tragically shot and killed by a sniper in Fallujah, Iraq. I am sure many of you have seen the links below about Marc and about Christian & Heather, Marc's wife. In keeping Marcís legacy alive, Heather and Christian are actively involved with giving back to other Gold Star families as well as the Wounded Warriors. The family honors not only Marc, but all of our countryís Warriors. We are proud to have Heather and Christian as part of our DeMatha Family.


Marine Staff Sgt Marc Golczynski -" Ssgt Ski"

 Marc Golczynski grew up in Lewisburg, TN. In high school, he had a hand in many things but was best known as a state championship wrestler. In 1995, he graduated high school and joined the Marine Corps later that same year. Six years later, as his commitment to the Marine Corps was coming to an end, he was looking forward to focusing on his civilian life with his wife, Heather, and young son, Christian. However, when our country was attacked on Sept. 11th, 2001, plans quickly changed, and Marc re-enlisted with the Marine Corps.

Marc embodied such qualities as honor, commitment, and courage. He loved his family and friends more than life itself, and he would give the shirt off his back to help those in need. Besides being a son, a brother, a father, a husband, an uncle, and a friend, Marc was also a warrior. He truly loved being a Marine. Known as Ssgt. Ski to his brothers in arms, the Marine Corps gave Marc a way to lead, to learn, and to defend our great Nation. Marcís first deployment was in 2004 where he spent a year in Iraq. He was home a little over a year before duty called again. In the summer of 2006, Marc got word that a unit in Michigan, made up primarily of younger Marines, had received orders to deploy. Marc knew his leadership skills and experience would be beneficial. He also believed in the good fight, the progress being made, and finishing what had been started. Therefore, Marc volunteered for his second deployment back to Iraq. Tragically, on March 27, 2007, only three weeks shy of returning home, Marc was shot and killed by a sniper in Fallujah, Iraq.

Although losing Marc left his family heartbroken, they still beam with pride when remembering Marc. In keeping Marcís legacy alive, Heather and Christian are actively involved with giving back to other Gold Star families as well as the Wounded Warriors. The family honors not only Marc, but all of our countryís Warriors. Honoring and remembering the fallen, the wounded, and those who serve is very important. For this family, like many others, the warriors and their sacrifices will never be forgotten.



Mulch Fundraiser Update:
Due to inclement weather, we had to stop short of making some of our deliveries on Mar 2nd.  While we were able to deliver over 5000 bags of mulch, the Odenton/Gambrills/Crofton area did not receive all of theirs.
The balance of the mulch will be delivered Sunday, March 16th.  We will begin at 9:00 am and will finish delivering all of the remaining mulch.
Thank you again to all that have supported our fundraiser and DeMatha Lacrosse!
 
GO STAGS!



2014 Annual Face-Off Dinner - Thanks to the Man-Up Alumni Club & Mother's Grille for another fantastic event.  A huge thank you as well to all that attended and those that helped out for the evening.  See you on the field!  GO STAGS!

Class of 2014 National Signing Day 11/13/13 - Congratulations to Sean Doyle (Robert Morris), Steve Partlow (UMBC), Brad Peters (Brown), Nick Ramsey (Naval Academy), Bain Schroeder (UMASS Lowell), Johnny Surdick (West Point/Army), Brady Thompson (Lehigh) and Greyson Torain (Naval Academy) on signing their NCAA National Letters of Intent.  The signing ceremony was held in the Alumni lounge with the student-athletes accompanied by Coach Morrison, parents, and the DeMatha Administration.



Sean Doyle, Steve Partlow, Brad Peters, Nick Ramsey, Coach Scott Morrison, Bain Schroeder, Johnny Surdick, Brady Thompson & Greyson Torain

Thank you to all of the DeMatha Lacrosse players that volunteered their time this fall with the Adaptive Lacrosse program in AA County.  AdLax teaches disabled youth and adults the game of lacrosse.  The players met with the group each Friday evening for 9 weeks. 
 

DeMatha Lacrosse Habitat for Humanity
April 28, 2013 - Habitat for Humanity Build 
A big THANK YOU to Garrett Hasken , Johnny Surdick, Gavin Lavat, and Steve Partlow for representing DeMatha Lacrosse at Habitat for Humanity's Baltimore build project, in honor of LCPL Eric Herzberg, a local Severna Park US Marine who was killed in action in Iraq. The boys were joined in the day's effort with Lance Corporal Herzber's father, and got a chance to learn more about Eric and Habitat for Humanity's cooperative efforts with the Travis Manion Foundation. As thanks for being part of the day's Habitat for Humanity work, all four boys are eligible for the LCPL Eric Herzberg Memorial Scholarship, which provides funds for college. Nice job boys! Way to represent!



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