By Danielle Fullerton
The St. Mary’s Lacrosse team hosted a Face-off for a Cause event on Saturday, Apr 12 at the Seahawk Stadium. The Face-off for a Cause event benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior project raises awareness and aid for the needs of injured service members. Their vision is “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history,” (Wounded Warrior Project).
The idea for supporting the Wounded Warrior project started in October at the Green Door by current seniors, Gordon Muldoon and Zach Blewitt. Muldoon stated, “We were talking about how we wanted to do something bigger us and better than us our senior year, when we got the idea for fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project.” Blewitt and Muldoon knew the Wounded Warrior Project was very applicable to St. Mary’s College and community, due to its location near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and United States Coast Guard Station at St. Inigoes. The community is positively affected everyday by service members. Blewitt stated, “We knew we wanted to incorporate our love of lacrosse with this great cause, so we contacted the Wounded Warrior Project to get involved,” Blewitt and Muldoon planned the event to include all age groups as well as bring in companies and the community. There were lacrosse-centered events, food vendors, silent auction and Wounded Warrior Project t-shirt sales.
From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, there was a free lacrosse youth clinic for boys in grades three through eight provided by Trilogy Lacrosse and run by National Director Will Casertano. St. Mary’s lacrosse players helped out as well. At 12:00 at the Seahawk Stadium, the Patuxent High School and Leonardtown High School played in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. St. Mary’s College men’s lacrosse team played Christopher Newport University in Capital Athletic Conference action. It was a close game, but St. Mary’s came out on top for the win.
The Face-off for a Cause Event was a huge success. Anywhere from 800 to 1000 people showed to give their support for the event and the men’s lacrosse team raised over $18,000 for the Wounded Warrior project, which was $8,000 over the original goal of $10,000. Muldoon and Blewitt have set up the framework for the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to continue the event and raise even more money and support for the Wounded Warrior Project. Muldoon stated, “The event can only get bigger”