I co-founded the Brooklyn Men’s Lacrosse Club in the fall of 2006 because there was a need, more like a demand, to play organized lacrosse. That demand came mostly from me. The established team in the area was the elite, New York Athletic Club, consisting mostly of former Div. 1 All-Americans in college. When we faced NYAC, we often had close battles but ended up getting easily routed by them.
In 2011, I had to take a leave from playing lacrosse due to the birth of my first son, Reid, and left the team with the guys I knew best. I tried to get back at times, but family took me to a different direction. Since the birth of my second son, Nate, in 2014 my lacrosse playing has been almost non-existent and lackluster. I miss it.
Last weekend, I watched the team I co-founded take on NYAC at their facility located 10 minutes from me. I watched from the Brooklyn bench an amazing battle with a close score of 7-5 in favor of NYAC. It was a great feeling to see the team move with a greater level of performance due to being in much better hands of leadership after stepping down. Co-founding that team, is a proud example of entrepreneurship and management in business, overall.
And as in business, founders are known to “pass the torch”, sort-of-speak. John Gagliardi, founder of Maverick Lacrosse and Richard Doyle, founder of Harpoon Beer are great examples. Gagliardi played lacrosse at Hopkins and Doyle at Harvard.