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La Salle to play DeMatha (MD) Saturday night in ‘Fallen Heroes Game’ at Catholic Univ.

Thursday, 21st March 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/21/13

The annual “Fallen Heroes Game” between La Salle and DeMatha Catholic will be held on Saturday at 7:30 pm at Catholic University.

Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion (left) with best friend Lt. (SEAL) Brendan Looney, USN

Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion (left) with best friend Lt. (SEAL) Brendan Looney, USN

The game honors the memory of two true American heroes: First LT. Travis Manion (La Salle), who died in Iraq in 2007; and his best friend and roommate from the US Naval Academy, Navy SEAL, Lt. Brendan Looney (DeMatha), who 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.

The first “Fallen heroes Game” game was played in 2011 at the Naval Academy. Game two was held last year at La Salle. 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.

La Salle, ranked No. 4 by TopLaxRecruits.com, will be playing in its opener after reaching the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game last year. DeMatha is 2-1.

“The schools do a great job of honoring both fallen heroes and this game is good fellowship,” said La Salle coach Bill Leahy. “It’s a positive thing. What are the odds that two young men, best friends, would die serving their country and can be honored by us playing a lacrosse game?”

Below is link for the video about both young men.

Brothers In Arms Buried Together
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