Wiedmaier’s journey and other notes

July 27 lacrosse notes

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Princeton defenseman Chad Wiedmaier has helped plenty of goalies in his day. Now the former Delbarton standout will do his best to help the people of a lacrosse hungry country. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound All-American from Chathamwill spend four weeks in Uganda with Fields of Growth, an organization that uses lacrosse to encourage education and citizenship.

Wiedmaier has become a lacrosse ambassador. Last summer he spent a month traveling in Costa Rica. This summer he will spend much of his time in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala taking classes at a local business school, running lacrosse clinics and helping to build classrooms in a rural city while living with a local family.

The Fields of Growth program was started by Notre Dame Director of Lacrosse Operations Kevin Dugan. A year ago, Ryan Flanagan, an All-America from North Carolina, participated in the program. Although lacrosse is part of the process, the program also builds houses and schools and assists farms and orphanages.

Lacrosse has grown in the African nation. Uganda has been admitted to the Federation of International Lacrosse and will be eligible to compete in the 2014 World Championships in Denver. Wiedmaier will be bringing some used lacrosse equipment to the country.

Wiedmaier has been a first-team All-Ivy League selection each of his first three years at Princeton, and he will enter his senior year with the chance to become Princeton’s first four-time first-team All-Ivy League men’s lacrosse player. At Delbarton he was a two-time All-American and member of a state championship team as a sophomore. The Green Wave posted a record of 63-5 in his three years on the varsity level.

Jerseyans make Under-19 Men’s Lacrosse team

After four grueling days in early July under the Baltimore sun, Mountain Lakes coach Tim Flynn and the US Lacrosse staff selected the United States men’s Under 19 team which will compete in the 2012 World Championships in Turku, Finland.

No Morris County athletes made it out of the field of 123 but several New Jerseyplayers did make the final squad of 23. They included Bridgewater-Raritan midfielder Tyler Barbarich, St.Augustine Prep midfielder Steven Pontrello and Immaculata defenseman and 2011 New Jersey Player of the Year Ralph D’Agostino.

“I think that the competitiveness and level of talent at the tryouts was a gauntlet that the players who made the team had to survive and show their absolute best,’’ Flynn said. “Because of that, the team assembled is one that is tough, diverse and talented.’’

The 2012 FIL U19 World Championship will take place in Turku, Finland, where Team USA will look to defend its title from 2008, when it won gold at the quadrennial event, beating Canada19-12 inCoquitlam, British Columbia. The team will hold a series of exhibitions next summer before traveling to Europe to compete in the tournament including one scheduled to be held in MountainLakes.

A special milestone

Lax for the Cure has reached the $500,000 mark in donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. The annual girls’ lacrosse tournament held its fourth event in New Egypt on July 8 with 182 teams from 14 states competing for championships in six age divisions.

Lax for the Cure was started in 2008 by northern New Jersey-based club program STEPS Lacrosse with the help of South Jersey Select Lacrosse. STEPS organizers Jessica Shoulberg, the current Mendham High School girls lacrosse coach and Charlie Shoulberg, the former Mendham boys coach, had modest hopes of tapping into the generosity of the girls lacrosse community.

That first year, the tournament wrote a check to Komen for the Cure for $50,000, far more than they ever dreamed. A year later, Lax for the Cure raised $180,000. Last year, the ceremonial check was made out for $237,000. A week before the first whistle of the 2011 Lax for the Cure, the tournament has surpassed the $75,000 mark putting Lax for the Cure’s efforts at over half a million dollars.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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