Playing for a Cause

Men’s Lacrosse Team Raises Money for The Headstrong Foundation

Evan Young


The Headstrong Foundation hosts a Fall Ball Lacrosse tournament every fall in order to raise money and awareness for Lymphoma. This program is held dear in the hearts of the McDaniel Athletic community, especially the Men’s Lacrosse team, after sophomore attackman Dan Alderman, was diagnosed with the disease last year.

The Headstrong Foundation was established in honor of Nick Colleluori, a former Lacrosse player at Hofstra University who lost his fight to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma after a 14-month battle.

Head McDaniel Men’s Lacrosse coach Matthew Hatton says, “The team sees this as a special opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause and to represent one of their players. We jumped at the opportunity to play in the tournament and are looking forward to raising a lot of money for the Headstrong Foundation. Even though Dan cannot be with us on the field, we want him to know we are behind him every step of the way.”

On Sunday, Oct. 10, the McDaniel Men’s lacrosse team faced off in the Headstrong Lacrosse Tournament in an effort to raise money and awareness for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The Green Terror \ competed against Wheeling Jesuit and Wesley, defeating both teams. This year, the tournament was hosted by Ridley High School in Philadelphia, PA., where a team of champions is hoping to be built.

“Our team has grown in a positive direction over this past fall ball season and the Headstrong tournament will be a good test on our team morale,” says junior defenseman Matt Mummert.

These games were only a small preview of the success the team will experience in their season this spring. The team is also selling Headstrong t-shirts and shoelaces to support the cause through fundraising.

“We’re doing this not only for Dan, but for everyone who has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. The Headstrong Foundation is something our team can be a part of where every member feels as if they are helping to create a difference,” says senior goalie KR Shultz.