On Veterans Day, US Lacrosse was honored and humbled to receive a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in a special ceremony in New York City. It was the continuation of a special bond between the lacrosse community and the first responders from one of America’s darkest days.

More than 70 individuals with strong connections to the lacrosse community died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. When US Lacrosse opened its new headquarters this year, a special memorial was built to honor those individuals. The memorial was officially dedicated on Sept. 11, 2016, followed by a game between the lacrosse teams of FDNY and NYPD as part of US Lacrosse Grand Opening festivities.

John Fee, the organizer of the FDNY lacrosse team, was moved by the experience of playing on the field that day.

“We were honored when John Fee came up to us and said ‘This is an incredible site, an incredible memorial. You need to have a piece of the steel from the World Trade Center here to memorialize and honor those lost,’” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse.

Fee made good on his comments, coordinating efforts with Daniel Nigro, commissioner of FDNY, to secure a piece of steel to be donated to US Lacrosse. It will serve as a source of inspiration and a reminder of the members of the lacrosse community that died that day.

One of the members who died was Ronnie Kloepfer, who started the NYPD lacrosse team in 1993. Fee fondly remembered Kloepfer and their battles on the field, and said, “This is Ronnie’s steel.”

Kloepfer’s brother, Mike, gave thanks to the NYPD lacrosse team, which has kept his brother’s spirit alive. They’ve retired his number 7 jersey, wear helmet emblems with RK7 on them and break every huddle with the RK7 chant.

“I’ve been a member of US Lacrosse for the last 14 years as a coach in Scotch Plains (N.J.),” said Kloepfer. “One of the pillars of US Lacrosse is honor the game. I’ve never seen it done so consistently as these guys. US Lacrosse honoring the game, these guys have been honoring the game right along with you in their own way. It’s one of the things that draws our family to the sport, and why I’m so proud of our four boys that play the game.”

Also recognized was the family of Welles Crowther, one of the most famous heroes of the 9/11 tragedy. Crowther, a former Boston College lacrosse player, is known as “The Man in the Red Bandana” and selflessly led many people to safety while ultimately sacrificing his own life.

Crowther’s father, Jefferson, said that his son said, “Ice hockey’s my girlfriend, but I’m married to lacrosse” and said of his teammates, “They’re all my brothers.”

His mother, Alison, said, “We are deeply honored that Welles is still included in this family.”

The ceremony concluded on a somber note with Harry Jacobs, president of the Long Island Metro Chapter of US Lacrosse, reading off the names of the members of the lacrosse community that died on September 11:

Terence "Ted" Adderley, Jr. - player at Detroit Country Day (MI)
Chris Blackwell – father of a player from Brewster, NY
Bruce Boehm - father of Stacey, youth player in Franklin Square (NY), and fan of Hofstra lacrosse
Brandon J. Buchanan – no further information available
Dennis Buckley – player at Lynbrook HS/Nassau CC/Maryland ’84-’85
Billy Burke – no further information available
Thomas Burke - father of players from Bedford, NY
David O. Campbell - father of two HS players at the Delbarton School in NJ
Thomas J. Collins – player at Half Hollow Hills HS East ’83 and Ithaca College ’87 from Dix Hills, NY
Tim Coughlin – player at St. Mary’s HS (NY)
Welles Crowther – player at Nyack HS & Boston College ‘99; a volunteer for Upper Nyack Fire Dept
Martin DeMeo – no further information available
Douglas DiStefano  - Varsity Goalie West Islip High School; North Tower 105th floor Cantor Fitzgerald
Commander Bob Dolan – player at Hanover Park HS ’76 and Navy (Pentagon)
Stephen Dorf – no further information available
Frank Doyle – player at the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan ‘80.
Christopher Duffy – player at Fordham Prep (’96) from Yonkers, NY
Terry Farrell – player at Hicksville HS
Bradley Fetchet  - youth coach and former player at New Canaan HS/Bucknell ’99 from New Canaan, CT
Mort Frank - player at Lynbrook HS/Drexel
Peter Fry - masters player from Norwalk, CT
Vincent Gallucci – player at Boonton (NJ) HS
Kevin James Hannaford - player at Cheshire Academy (’87)
Timothy Haskell - player at Seaford (NY) HS
Tom Haskell - player at Seaford (NY) HS
Ward Haynes – player, coach (and parent) at Rye HS from Rye, NY
Mike Healey - youth coach and father of players from Patchogue, NY; FDNY
Michael Horrocks – no further information available
George Howard - youth coach from Hicksville, NY
John Iskyan - youth coach and administrator from Wilton, CT
Ron Kloepfer – Sewanhaka HS/Adelphi , founded and was player/coach for NYPD LC
Gary Koecheler – parent of players Paul & John Koecheler, Fordham Prep from Harrison, NY
Ryan Kohart – player at Garden City HS/UNC '98/North Hempstead LC
Stephen LaMantia – player at East Meadow HS (NY) and Roanoke College
David Leistman –player at Adelphi ’70s; youth coach from Garden City, NY
Ted Maloney – player at Proctor Academy ’88 (NH) & New England College; youth coach from Greenwich, CT
Eamon McEneaney – player at Sewanahaka HS, Cornell, LIAC, N. Hempstead LC, National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member
Stacey Sennas McGowan - player at Nyack HS and Boston College (’85) from Basking Ridge, NJ
Frank McGuinn – parent of player, youth coach from Greenwich, CT
William Minardi – no further information available
George Morell – father of players from Bedford/Greenwich, CT; former player at Norwich University, VT
Jim Munhall - husband of Susan, a former player at Montclair HS (NJ) and current women’s official from Ridgewood, NJ
Robert Noonan – former player for Portland (OR) LC/Greenwich, CT
Brian Novotny – no further information available
Rick O'Connor - former high school player in NY and at Clarkson University
Peter O’Neill  – player at St Anthony's HS (Amityville, NY) and Bentley College
Sean O’Neill – no further information available
Peter Ortale – player at Duke/NYAC
Tom Palazzo – youth coach from Greenwich, CT
Durrell "Bronco" Pearsall – no further information available
Michael San Philip – former player at Pennsylvania in the mid-60s
Chris Quackenbush – youth coach from Manhasset
Donald Robertson – player at Columbia HS (NJ), Lynchburg & Montclair State; youth coach in Maplewood, NJ.
Ronald Rubin – player at Montclair (NJ) HS
Jonathan S. Ryan - player at Herricks HS/Stony Brook University
John “Pepe” Salerno  – player at St. John’s/North Hempstead
John Schroeder – player at Princeton ‘92/TOBAY
Michael Simon – player at Rye Country Day ’79 and Hobart
Peter Siracuse – player at Bethpage HS ‘89
Paul Skrzypek – player at Montville HS (NJ), Kutztown State & Shearson LC from Little Falls, NJ
Donald F. Spampinato, Jr. - youth coach and player from Manhasset, NY
Andrew Stergiopolous  – player at Great Neck North High School ‘95
Richard H. Stewart, Jr. – no further information available
John Swaine – youth coach from Larchmont, NY; player for Sound Shore LC
Eric "Rick" Thorpe - player at Phillips Exeter Academy/Lafayette College '89
Walter P. "Wally" Travers Jr.  – youth coach from Upper Saddle River, NJ
John Damien Vaccacio – no further information available
Frederick Varacchi – youth coach from Greenwich, CT
Glenn Wall – no further information available
Kenneth Watson, Sr.  – father of CW Post player Ken Watson, Jr.; FDNY
Glenn Wilkinson – player at Levittown-Memorial HS/Hofstra ’78; Suffolk County lacrosse official; FDNY Lieutenant

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