Leukemia charity gets an assist

Price Modern benefit helps raise $100,000


October 07, 2001|By Nick Brownlee | Nick Brownlee,SUN STAFF

College lacrosse put its best foot forward yesterday, raising $100,000 at the Price Modern Lacrosse for Leukemia Tournament Invitational at the McDonogh School.

The money goes to the Maryland chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, whose goal is research and providing a better quality of life for those suffering from the disease.

"This is the pre-eminent society. Ninety percent of the money goes to research and treatment with less than 10 percent getting lost in administration." said Milford Marchant, co-chairman of the event along with Maryland coach Dave Cottle.

"This is more fulfilling than coaching or seeing my sons play in a national championship game," said Marchant, whose efforts with the tournament have helped generate a total of $430,000 during four years. "We're not stopping until we hit seven digits."

The tournament's participants echoed those sentiments.

"A lot of guys who play on this field have no idea what it's like to have leukemia," said UMBC defenseman Jon Smith. "It makes you feel good that you're doing something for someone else. It especially feels good to help kids."

Each team had a youth "Patient Hero" serve as an honorary captain.

"It's very meaningful seeing people giving to something that they don't directly benefit from," said Gloria Peeling whose son Joshua was "Patient Hero" for the U.S. national team.

"It gives him [Joshua] a positive thing from being sick, and he is able to participate in something that has benefited him. I think it's great that players are willing to sacrifice their time. ... It means a lot."

Teams in the tournament, who each played three or four games in a round-robin format, included powerhouses Johns Hopkins, Towson, Georgetown, Loyola, UMBC, and Washington College, the lone Division III representative. One of the squads was the newly assembled Team USA, which faced off against Towson, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown. Yesterday's action was the first tuneup for the national team, which will compete in the International Lacrosse Federation World Championships in June and July in Perth, Australia.

Competing for the United States had new significance for midfielder Mike Law in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"It's a positive way to bring people together and be patriotic," said Law, a University of Denver graduate and the first player born west of the Mississippi to compete for the national team. "A lot of people are going to be looking to our team, and we're going to represent them well."

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