posted 02.17.2013 at 9.59 a.m. by Matt DaSilva

Cornell Great Paul Schimoler Dies After Bout with Cancer 

Paul Schimoler, a former four-time All-American goalie for Cornell who holds the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament record for saves, died Friday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 45. Inside Lacrosse first reported his passing Saturday.

Schimoler led the Big Red to consecutive NCAA championship games in 1987 and 1988, setting a postseason record with 85 saves in the 1988 tournament. After a decorated post-collegiate career that included winning gold medals with the 1990 and 1994 U.S. national teams, he joined the college coaching ranks, spending eight seasons as the coach at Division II St. Michael's. He was named the NEILA Division II Coach of the Year in 2011, when the Purple Knights finished the season ranked 12th in the USILA Division II poll. Schimoler was most recently an assistant at Dartmouth.

A member of the Cornell and Long Island Metro Halls of Fame, Schimoler remained active as a player, recently winning three straight Lake Placid masters division championships with Rusty Red. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Ellen, and two children, Serena (19) and Jack (5).

This is the second tragedy to affect the Schimoler family in the last six months. Schimoler's brother, John, a member of Syracuse's 1983 NCAA championship team, died suddenly in his sleep in August.