Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/6/13
The Old Dogs, based in the Doylestown area, will compete for the 13th year at the Lake Placid Lacrosse Tournament this weekend in the Grand Masters (45 and over) division Aug. 8-11.
The Old Dogs also will merge with the Northmen at the Masters (+35 years old) level. The Northmen Masters team is based out of New Jersey and won the Shipley Masters tournament last fall.
There is a history behind team “Northmen,” whose core team are men that play in the same pick-up-lacrosse league as Chris and Ryan Sanderson – two gentlemen who unfortunately and prematurely lost their lives. Chris Sanderson, a Philadelphia Wings coach and former goalie at UVA, recently died at age 38 due to cancer and Ryan, 36 passed while in his sleep, cause still unknown.
The name “Northmen” is the name of the team that both the Sandersons played on while growing up in Orangeville, Canada. In addition to the team logo, Viking Head, the pinnies also brandish the Canadian Maple-leaf with both the brothers’ numbers, #17 & #4.
Chris a Canadian National Goalie, four times named to All World Team Selection and was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009. Ryan was a three-time Minto Cup winner with the Northmen. The lacrosse community and their families are aware that the Northmen play under the name in Messrs. Sanderson memory and these gentlemen are forever in the players’ hearts and will never be forgotten.
Both teams have players from around the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions: PA, MD, NJ, NY, VA, MA, CT, and OH.