UPDATE: Due to the weather the game was moved to Clarkstown North at 6:30 p.m. Unfortunately, the modified and J.V. games were cancelled.
On Saturday Nyack will host Pearl River in what should be a great game. The Indians won the first match up (10-8) between the league rivals.
Still, Saturday is about much more than a lacrosse game. Nyack and Pearl River’s modified, JV and varsity teams will play games on MacCalman Field in the Ninth Annual Stacey Sennas McGowan Memorial lacrosse games. The games are played to celebrate the life of Stacey Sennas McGowan, a 1981 Nyack graduate who captained both Nyack and Boston College as a senior and died in the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.
Sennas McGowan’s friends Lauren Graham and Phyliss Fischer approached her parents, Semo and Fran Sennas, about playing games in honor of their daughter.
The Sennas jumped at the idea. The family has always had strong ties to the sport. Their son, Chris, played lacrosse at Nyack and Roanoke. Fran Sennas has refereed the sport for 31 years.
Now, almost a decade later, the event continues to grow. No admission is charged as the games are meant to simply serve as one night to remember and celebrate one of Nyack’s own.
For Graham, that’s how Sennas McGowan would have wanted it.
“If two people showed up at her house before you knew it there were 20 people there and a pot of chili appeared out of somewhere,” Graham said. “She was always the gatherer of people. People just kind of gravitated towards her. While she was super smart and very accomplished in her professional career, she just always loved having fun. She was just always about finding the fun.”
I’ll have more on the event in my notebook on Saturday.
If you have a chance, head down to Nyack for what should be a great day of lacrosse. The games start at 4 p.m. with the modified teams taking the field first, followed by J.V. and concluding with the varsity, which is expected to start at 6:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Lauren Graham. Stacey Sennas McGowan is second row from the back and second in from the right.