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.
As Laura Graham prepares Nyack’s MacCalman Field for the ninth Stacey Sennas McGowan Memorial lacrosse games on Saturday, one question will precede every decision she makes.
What would Stacey want us to do?
Sennas McGowan, a 1981 graduate of Nyack, where she was a senior captain before playing four years at Boston College — where she also served as a captain — died in the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.
Graham, who played alongside Sennas McGowan on the Indians’ first girls lacrosse team in 1978, and Phyllis Fischer, also a close friend of Sennas McGowan, approached Fran and Semo Sennas about having an annual game in memory of their daughter between Nyack and Pearl River, the latter coached by Sennas McGowan’s friend and Nyack graduate Laurie Mayernik.
“I want to make it a night that she would have enjoyed being at,” Graham said.
Nearly a decade later the event is still going strong. No admission is charged because the games are meant to simply celebrate the life of Sennas McGowan. Varsity, JV and modified teams play games. The event starts at 4 p.m. The varsity game is scheduled for 6:30.
“It’s not something we push, push, push,” Fran Sennas said. “But once a year we do this event. It’s a nice night to remember.”
Graham’s daughter Madigan and Fischer’s daughter Katie are juniors on the Nyack varsity. Both girls are friends with Sennas McGowan’s daughters, Ryan and Casey, who play lacrosse at The Prout School in Rhode Island.
“I heard a lot of stories about (Sennas McGowan),” Madigan Graham said. “She really is like the person you aspire to be.”
Growing up, Madigan Graham remembers idolizing the Nyack varsity players. Now she’s the one who is looked up to.
“It’s definitely the best game of the year,” Madigan Graham said. “Hopefully it’s a good, competitive game, but more importantly we remember who we’re playing for.”
Yorktown’s silver anniversary: On Monday Yorktown will celebrate 25 years as a girls lacrosse program. The Huskers will hold a short ceremony at halftime of their 7 p.m. home game against Lakeland/Panas to honor the 1988 team coached by Patricia Moore.
“I was ecstatic,” Moore said of her reaction to hearing about the ceremony. “I think it’s important for girls to know the history of programs and how they evolve.”
Milestones: Ossining’s Molly Malone recorded her 300th point, setting a program record. Teammate Alex Cristello tallied her 200th point. Somers’ Emma Schurr, Clarkstown South’s Jaime Morris and Suffern’s Baley Parrott each scored her 100th goal. Putnam Valley’s Erin McCrudden, Pleasantville’s Maria Howe and White Plains’ Shannon Lynch tallied their 100th assist and point, respectively.