Pequannock, Montville girls to play charity game on May 5

By Mark Kitchin

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Lacrosse has always been a generous sport. Most varsity teams in the area choose some type of community service program or charity to get involved in during the course of a season either in a private manner or a very public way.

On May 5th the girls teams at Montville and Pequannock are doubling their efforts with a pair of charities that are close to them. One of them is a national charity and another is closely linked to the community.

Spectators are being asked to donate funds to the HEADstrong Foundation and the Michael W. Coppola Memorial Fund. The even is scheduled for Dawson Field on Jacksonville Road in Towaco. The junior varsity contest begins the festivities by playing at noon followed by the varsity game at 2 p.m.

The HEADstrong Foundation is nationally known for raising money to fight blood cancer and support efforts for research and finding a cure. It is named for Nick “Head” Colleluori, a former Hofstra lacrosse player who died in 2006 of Non-Hodgkins Lymphona. His valiant battle against the disease has inspired numerous lacrosse programs from across the nation and especially along the east coast to take up the charity and donate funds in his honor.

“We had the opportunity to meet Nick’s mother Cheryl,’’ Lafferman said. “Me and Montville coach Jen Mulvaney thought it would be a terrific cause to play for. We are going to be wearing special uniforms. We are going to be selling HEADstrong apparel. We’re going to be raffling off items as well.’’

Coppola was a Pequannock High School lacrosse player who died last year. His fund will provide scholarships to Pequannock graduating seniors and donations to Leukemia and Graft vs. Host Disease programs and/or research projects.

“It’s going to be a split day for a cause,’’ Lafferman said. “We will be donating raffle money and food proceeds to the Michael W. Coppola scholarship fund. We’re excited for the event and were hoping to have a great turnout to support the causes.’’

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

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