May 24, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. -
When players and coaches from around the country take the field for the 71st annual USILA/LaxWorld North-South Senior All-Star game on Friday afternoon, the Army lacrosse program will be well represented. Not only will head coach Joe Alberici be serving in that same capacity for the North Team, he will also have three familiar faces - Tim Henderson, Devin Lynch and Larry LoRusso - on his decorated roster.
The trio joins a long list of players dating back to 1940 to represent the Academy for the prestigious contest, set to be played on Friday, May 25, at Harvard. Opening face-off is set for 3 p.m. at Harvard Stadium and will serve as a precursor to the NCAA Final Four, which will be played May 26 (semifinals) and 28 (championship) at Gillette Stadium. Tickets to the North-South game will be $5 and can only be purchased on game day.
One of the most decorated players at his position to ever come out of Army's storied lacrosse program, Henderson is a four-time All-Patriot League performer, including three years on the first team, and 2012 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. The imposing long stick midfielder finished his career ranked eighth on Army's all-time ground balls list. His 21 career points were third amongst active long stick midfielders in the nation this season.
Henderson served as one of three team captains in 2012, as did Lynch, a three-year starter from Skaneateles, N.Y. A speedy middie with a knack for scoring in big games, Lynch was Army's fourth-leading scorer this season (21G, 6A). He started all 15 games and added three game-winning goals. Perhaps his most memorable goal this season came in a 6-5 overtime win over nationally ranked Bucknell on April 7. Lynch also provided the game-winner in one of the biggest wins in program history, a 9-8 overtime thriller at then-defending national champion Syracuse in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
LoRusso will be the second in his family to represent Army in the senior classic, joining older brother Kevin (West Point '09). The younger sibling is a three-year starter on the Black Knights' close defense and earned All-Patriot League honors in 2011. LoRusso totaled 17 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers in his final season, along with recording his first career goal on Senior Day against Holy Cross.
Alberici will be serving in a head coaching role for the event for the first time and will go up against South Team head coach Kevin Cassese of Lehigh. Former Army assistant coach Mike Murphy, currently the head coach at Colgate, will serve as Alberici's assistant for the highly anticipated contest.
Seventy total senior all-star games have been played with interruptions occurring only in 1944 and 1945. In 1991, the USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) split the event and created two games - one for Division I-II players and another for the Division III players. This two-game format was interrupted in 2006 when a special committee of the USILA recommended returning to one game but combining all divisions. The following year, 2007, saw the return to two separate games.