Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/29/14
Tyler Najarian scored two goals and Brady Thompson contributed a goal and two assists as DeMatha Catholic (MD) tallied the last four goals of the game and toppled La Salle, 5-2, Friday night in the Annual Fallen Heroes Game at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Park in Philadelphia.
La Salle (0-2), the defending PIAA champion, had taken a 2-1 lead into halftime on goals by Aidan Kerrigan and Steve Hudak. Then the Stags (8-0) got untracked.
Thompson tied it early in the third quarter and Matt Brisolari put DeMatha ahead, 3-2 before Thompson fed Najarian to make it 4-2 heading into the final period. Greyson Torain closed the scoring. (Via @DeMathaLacrosse.)
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.
Kevin Lacon added two assists for La Salle.
“The Fallen Hero classic reminds all of us that lacrosse is a great sport played by men and women of character,” said La Salle coach Bill Leahy. “Travis Manion and Brendan Looney were such men and their sacrifice remembered on this night.”
“The win means a lot for the program,” said Najarian, whose team had lost the first three meetings. “La Salle is a good team, and it feels good to win one in honor of Brendan Looney and the other fallen heroes that defend our country.”
“It shows how far we’ve come as a team,” added Brosolari, a 2015 middie committed to Providence. “It was a great win that’s going to give us a lot of momentum going into conference (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) play Tuesday.”
Said Torain: “I can’t think of a better way to remember Brendan Looney than putting our all out on the field and playing for each other.”
When Travis Manion died he was originally buried in a family plot near his hometown. However, after Brendan Looney 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 and last year the game was held at Catholic University in Washington D.C.
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.
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