Goettelmann Adds Wrinkle to Woodstick
by Corey McLaughlin | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
|The Woodstick Classic, the nation's longest oldest public school lacrosse rivalry featuring the Garden City (N.Y.) and Manhasset (N.Y.) boys' lacrosse teams, will be preceded by an alumni game organized by LM Person of the Year Tim Goettelmann.|
Leave it to Tim Goettelmann to think of adding a new wrinkle to the Woodstick Classic, the oldest uninterrupted public school lacrosse rivalry in the nation between Manhasset and Garden City on Long Island.
The boys' teams, regularly two of the best in the country, will play in the 120th renewal of the rivalry at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Manhasset High School. But earlier in the day, at 3 p.m., there will be the first annual Manhasset-Garden City alumni game, as organized by Goettelmann, Lacrosse Magazine's 2010 Person of the Year and a Manhasset native who now lives in Garden City. He had the two towns and, more importantly, two charities in mind with his plans.
Proceeds from sign-up fees and other donations will go to Goettelmann's foundation, Monster's Kids, which benefits sick and injured children. Money will also go to Ryan's Heroes, an organization started in memory of Garden City alumnus and former North Carolina player Ryan Kohart, who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.
The goal for Monster's Kids is to raise $75,000 that would cover the costs of a new play room at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Former New York Islander and National Hockey League veteran Pat LaFontaine's foundation donated the last room. The money raised for Ryan's Heroes will go to a child who lost a parent in the war in Iraq.
"It's going to be 30 years of All-Americans," said Goettelmann, who starred in lacrosse and football at Manhasset, but now lives in rival Garden City, his wife Lisa's hometown, with two young daughters. "We're not going to turn anybody away, either. If a guy has played at Garden City or Manhasset, he's going to play that day."
The signup fee is $100 and includes a jersey and shorts, an open bar (family-friendly with food) -- held at the Manhasset Park District between the alumni and boys' game at night -- and a program that includes rosters and recaps of historic Woodstick games. General donations and business donations through advertisements in the program will also be accepted.
Visit http://support.northshorelij.com/monsterskids to sign up for the game or donate to the event. Player registration closes March 1, 2011.
The Long Island Lizards, for whom Goettelmann has played 10 MLL seasons, will hold a training camp session at 9 a.m. at Manhasset High the day of the event. A free clinic for kids in grades 1-6 and taught by Major League Lacrosse players will follow, along with a Lizards meet and greet at 12:30 p.m. The postgame alumni party with open bar and food is at 5:30 p.m.
For those wondering, yes, it does pain Goettelmann on some level to now live on rival turf after growing up in Manhasset. "One Christmas, my mom got him a brick from the new stadium, Citi Field, where the Mets play," his wife Lisa says. "He opened it and said, 'It doesn't say Manhasset!' We said you live in Garden City."
Manhasset and Garden City have played annually since 1935. Manhasset leads the series, 66-53.
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