The “Lead the Way Fund” was established in memory of Sgt. James J. Regan, a Manhasset native and Chaminade student who was killed on February of 2007 with his Army Ranger unit in northern Iraq. For the past 5 years, two of the top 5 teams in the Tri-State area square off in a big match up, donating all the proceeds to the “Lead the Way Fund”.
Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 1:00, the crowd was getting ready. The weather seemed perfect with a slight gust of wind. It appeared that half of the crowd was wearing white and red apparel, while the other half were proud to exhibit their blue and orange. Bleachers on both sides were completely full; television cameras were all ready for the action.
Chaminade and Manhasset renewed a lacrosse rivalry that had more to do with a connection than the final score on the big board. Chaminade rode a wave of emotion to a quick start in the first quarter and before the Indians had a chance to catch their breath they were down 7-0. Seemingly the Flyers were dominating the Indians in every aspect, wanting it a little more than the Indians. The Flyers went for every ground ball and were winning the “hustle” stats.
Manhasset would come back with some force behind goals from Dino Lavelle, James Clarke, and Quinn Moroney. Bobby Duvnjak, a top national recruit, won face-offs, shut down key attack men, and did all he could to try to bring the win home. Despite all the efforts, it was not enough. Manhasset, who can usually come back from large deficits, could not overcome Chaminade’s strong defense and the game ended at 13-5 in Chaminade’s favor.
Despite the final score, the Reg’s Rock game is more than just a game for all the players, coaches, and fans. It is a simple way to show our appreciation and respect for all the soldiers that give their lives to keep our country safe.
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself" -Joseph Campbell, An Irish Poet