NEWARK, Del. (May 26, 2011) - On March 26, the University of Delaware men's lacrosse team took on two opponents. The one on the field at Delaware Stadium was Towson University.
The other was cancer.
Prior to the game against Towson, the University of Delaware men's lacrosse team sported pink T-shirts as part of a PINK OUT for cancer awareness initiative, spearheaded by senior goalkeeper Noah Fossner. The team raised over $1,700 through their efforts and that of the Delaware lacrosse community.
This past Wednesday morning, Fossner dropped off a check for $1,745.45 to the American Cancer Society in New Castle, Del., on behalf of the Fans of University of Delaware Men's Lacrosse.
The donation was made in honor of Maria Young, mother of twins Ryan and Kevin Young, both of whom play at NCAA Division I schools. Ryan is a senior attacker at the University of Maryland while Kevin is a midfielder at Duke University. Maria Young passed away this spring after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The Young twins will face each other this Saturday in the national semifinals.
"It has been fantastic working with our area chapter of the American Cancer Society throughout the spring. The Delaware lacrosse family would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for all of the hard work the volunteers and organizers at the American Cancer Society have done to make our event possible and for continuing to help those who have been affected by this disease," said Fossner of the Hens' efforts. "We hope this PINK OUT event will become an annual highlight to the men's lacrosse season and we can continue to support such an important organization."
The T-shirts Delaware wore against Towson, as part of a PINK OUT fundraising effort, were designed by Fossner and featured a multi-colored cancer ribbon on the back. The various colors in the ribbon represent the different types of cancer that affect so many.
The left sleeve of each of the players' and coaches' T-shirts had the letters EF and JB, in honor of Fossner's mother Elaine, who passed away from breast cancer last spring and John "Chet" Bowe, the late father of Jarred Bowe. Chet passed away this spring after a battle with lung cancer.
"We are grateful for the generous and enthusiastic support of the University of Delaware men's lacrosse team," said Carmen McKim, MSABC Event Manager. "Their efforts will help us create a world with less cancer and more birthdays."
The night was truly victorious, as the Blue Hens earned their second Colonial Athletic Association victory, edging out Towson 8-7 in comeback fashion after finding themselves down 5-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game.