Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/12/16
From Press Release
Marist College will host the 5th Annual Edward Taylor Coombs Foundation Fall Lacrosse Tournament on Sunday as the tournament that honors the memory of the former Hatboro-Horsham standout moves away from Philly for a year.
The event was established by the ETC Foundation and Edward’s father, Eric Coombs. Over the last four years, the Fall Ball Tournament was held at Hatboro-Horsham, Edward’s alma mater. Coombs died in a car accident in 2011 and the foundation was created to promote responsible decision-making by teens while also providing “merit awards to graduating seniors who have recognized potential or academic strength.”
The event will again feature a men’s (three teams) d women’s (two teams) bracket. The annual fundraising competition remains one of the largest fall tournaments in the country and has helped build Eddie’s outstanding legacy across the country. Both Marist College and the ETC Foundation are excited to bring the lacrosse community together at Marist.
“One of our program’s favorite events every year has been to travel down to Horsham for the ETC Fall Lacrosse Tournament,” said Marist coach Keegan Wilkinson, a St. Joseph’s University graduate. “It is such an amazing opportunity for both the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse programs here at Marist to immerse themselves in the Hatboro-Horsham community and to spend time with all of those who were effected by Edwards passing.
“We continue to heal and it would not be possible with out the love and support from all of the amazing people in the Horsham community.”
Wilkinson said hosting the event for the first time will be special.
“Earlier this year we lost a rising sophomore member of our Women’s Water Polo team at Marist, Courtney Fischer; she was a passenger in a car accident while home during summer break,” he said. “Knowing very well the pain that the women associated with our Water Polo team would be experiencing, Eric and I thought moving the tournament to Marist for the year would be a great way to help show our support to all of the girls on the team.
“We are all grateful to the Marist Athletics department for supporting us and helping to get the tournament on our campus this fall to help rally around the girls and let them know that there is a huge support group out there for them. Courtney’s initials and number, CF17, will appear on each and every tournament T Shirt that is sold over the next few months.”
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center at Boston University. Funds have also been distributed through scholarships to more than 60 college-bound students from Edward’s hometown and the Philadelphia region. The Edward Taylor Coombs Foundation also supports the United Negro College Fund, Frontiers, Jack and Jill of America, The Links Inc. and Camp Rainbow Inc. of Montgomery County.
To access the Foundation website, click here.
What does Wilkinson tell his players about the impact Eddie made in his year at Marist?
“We speak of Eddie regularly and our staff looks for the outstanding traits he possessed when we are recruiting potential student athletes,” said Wilkinson. “He was an amazing friend, teammate, competitor, and leader.
“The impact he had on our program as just a freshman was truly amazing and I know that he was destined for greatness here. All of our players come to work every morning knowing that the expectation is to play with a relentless pursuit of greatness, just as Eddie did during his time here.”
What are the main goals for Marist in serving as the host for this great event?
“Our main goal is to create an amazing atmosphere for all of our fans that will help promote the mission of the ETC Foundation,” Wilkinson said. “Eric, Tina, and Erin have done such amazing work over the past 5 years promoting Eddie’s legacy and sharing their story.
“We are all incredibly excited to be able to share that with Marist College, the members of the Hudson Valley, and our lacrosse community. To be able to do all of this while also supporting the members of our Women’s Water Polo team makes this a really special day here on campus.”
10 a.m. – Marist vs. Sacred Heart
11:15 a.m. – Marist vs. Sacred Heart, Game 2
1 p.m. – Springfield College vs. Marist
2:30 p.m. – Merrimack vs. Springfield College
4 p.m. – Marist vs. Merrimack