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Kelly’s Master Lacrosse Classic: Northmen (NJ) edge Riverhorse for inaugural championship

Wednesday, 21st November 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Masters, Posted 11/21/12

The Northmen dedicated their title in the Kelly’s Master Lacrosse Classic to the late Sanderson brothers

The Northmen (N.J.) defeated Philly-based Riverhorse, 5-4, Saturday to take the championship of the inaugural Kelly’s Master Lacrosse Classic at Shipley School.

Six teams from the Main Line (Riverhorse & Kelly’s), Bucks County (Old Dogs), West Chester (Harley), New York (Team 135) and New Jersey (Northmen) competed. It was very evenly matched play with several close games.

Sean Manion (attack) and Brian Mann (goalie) stood out for Riverhorse.

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 player, died at age 38 to cancer just recently and Ryan, 36 passed while in his sleep, cause still unknown.

The men’s league continues to grow and thrive in Robbinsville, NJ because of these gentlemen. The name “Northmen” is the name of the team that both the Sanderson’s played on while growing up in Orangeville, Canada.

The team’s pinnies, designed & made by, brandish the name “Northmen” and the “Northmen” logo, a Viking head. In addition to the team logo, the pinnies also brandish the Canadian Maple-leaf with both the brothers’ numbers, #17 & #4.

The group sets out to honor two gentlemen that have contributed so much and have had such a global impact on the game of lacrosse in so many ways. Chris, three times named to All World Team Selection, was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009. Ryan was a three-time Minto Cup winner with the Northmen.

These gentlemen have also given back to the community, most importantly by teaching, coaching and mentoring children in a lacrosse club called “True North”. True North continues to grow and thrive in the Sanderson footprint.

The lacrosse community and their families should know that we play under the Northmen name in Messrs. Sanderson shadows and these gentlemen are forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

The Northmen unanimously dedicated this undefeated 4-0 championship win at the Main Line Men’s Master Lacrosse Tournament to both Chris & Ryan Sanderson!


Marc Jacobson, Goalie / Attack
Gary Dudeck, Goalie
Jon Lipton, Midfield, Capt.
David Ferruggia, Midfield
Dave Winecoff, Midfield
Brian Redash, Midfield
Jay Kokoszka, Midfield
Jay Winkler, Midfield
Shea Cowan, Midfield
Thomas Fertal, Attack
Roc Azzarello, Attack
Todd Ruff, Attack
Chris Izzard, Attack
Joe Kostack, Attack
Steve, Maxwell, Attack
Frank Bonner, Attack
Dave DeRiso, Attack
Gerry Yost, Def
Kevin Hetzel, Def
Tom Dunn, Def
Brian Morris, Def
Eric Stein, Def
Phil Cohen, Def
PJ Martin, LSM
Mike Cottone, LSM
Scott Capelli, LSM
Cory Munsterteiger, LSM


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