By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/21/12
Eddie Coombs’ legacy on Marist lacrosse extended beyond the men’s team. That’s why Marist was happy to be one of three women’s squads that competed Saturday in the inaugural Edward Taylor Coombs Fall Ball Memorial at Hatboro-Horsham.
Marist was joined by Philly’s La Salle University and Wagner College at the event, which drew several thousand people to honor Coombs, a Hatboro-Horsham standout who died in a car accident last year following his freshman season at Marist.
To further honor his name, the Marist women’s team created laces with an ED34 logo using the red Foxes traditional red and a black background from the Fox ear tips.
The Marist boys had created a similar bracelet, but the girls wanted to contribute something that all on both teams could wear.
“Anything Eddie did he went 100 percent, so to honor him and his family and friends we wanted to do something,” said junior co-captain Jamie Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.). “The easiest thing was making custom laces with the ED34.
“(Competing) today gave us a rush of emotions. Seeing his family and friends here and all his teammates was amazing.”
“Clearly, he has made so much of an impact and it shows on the emotion of both (Marist) teams,” added senior co-captain Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.). “It (his death) was such a tragedy to our studrnt body so it was great to be here to honor his legacy.
“The ED34 on the laces had such a nice flow to it. It really works out perfectly. I didn’t personally know Eddie, but he was such a big part of the Marist community and lacrosse programs. We wanted to remember him and make a small, unique token in his honor.”
The one Pennsylvania native on Marist’s team is starting defender Christine Astarita, a sophomore from Unionville High.
“It was a big honor to be here today,” she said. “He really inspired us today. We were losing in the first (against La Salle) and at the half we turned it around and played like Eddie would have. He was such an inspiration and always will be a part of the Marist lacrosse community.”
La Salle players did not know Eddie Coombs, but the squad was happy to be involved in a positive event in their home town.
“I live like 20 minutes from here so I heard the story and it sounded like he was an amazing kid,” said Explorers senior Lauren McDermott (North Penn grad). “It was great for us to be a part of this and to see all these people to support him and his family.
“It touched my heart. It’s amazing to see all these people coming for that one person who seemed to be a spark in the community.”
La Salle dropped its opener to Marist and then edged Wagner on a late goal by senior Melanie Sarcinello (Marple Newtown).
“A lot of our players are from the area so for us to be able to support this cause and his memory is special,” said Sarcinello.
Added senior goalie Moira Malone, of Farmington Hills, Mich.
“This was our last fall ball event and it was really special,” she said. “We felt his spirit today. His dad talked to us between games and it uplifted our spirits.
“This was a great turnout and hopefully they get more girls’ teams next year.”