Lacrosse Team to Play Fallen Heroes Game
The annual “Fallen Heroes Game” between La Salle and DeMatha Catholic will be held on Saturday at 7:30 pm at Catholic University in Washington, DC. The game honors the memory of two true American heroes: 1st LT Travis Manion, USMC ’99, who died in Iraq in 2007 and his best friend and roommate from the U.S. Naval Academy, Navy SEAL, Lt. Brendan Looney, who died in Afghanistan in 2010 and is a graduate of DeMatha Catholic.
When Travis Manion died he was originally buried in a family plot near his hometown; however, after Brendan passed away, the decision was made to bury both men side by side at Arlington National Cemetery. The decision to do this made national news and was covered by all of the major networks.
The first “Fallen heroes Game” game was played in 2011 at the U.S. Naval Academy. Game two was held last year at La Salle. Travis played football, lacrosse, and wrestling at La Salle and wrestled at Navy. Brendan played football and baseball at DeMatha. At Navy, he played football and lacrosse, and was a key member of the Navy team that went to the National Championship Game in 2004.
“The schools do a great job of honoring both fallen heroes and this game is good fellowship,” said La Salle coach Bill Leahy. “It’s a positive thing. What are the odds that two young men, best friends, would die serving their country and can be honored by playing a lacrosse game?”
For more information on the La Salle Lacrosse Program, visit www.lschs.org/lacrosse.