Lakefront Classic Raises 117 Pairs of New Shoes for Children

On a cold and wet October Saturday, the Carthage College lacrosse team wrapped up their fall season with a four-game slate. The afternoon included three nationally ranked MCLA programs, including back-to-back 2010 and 2009 national champions, University of St. Thomas.

"It was a big step for the Carthage lacrosse program. Every player was on the field contributing in each of the first three games and that's important for Fall Ball. We played the last game to be competitive and found ourselves coming from behind against a team that has won several national championships at the club level and was undefeated last year. A lot of positive things to build on for our Spring season." (Neff)

But even more important then a day of competitive lacrosse was the what the tournament meant outside the lines.

The Carthage coaching staff from early morning to evening spent each game barefoot on the sidelines in an effort to help raise shoes for an organization called Samaritan's Feet, a group that provides shoes to children in need.

The goal was to raise more than 30 new pairs of shoes. With donations from families and friends that goal was far exceeded with 117 pairs being donated so far.

"I want to thank everyone for their generous hand in being part of this charity. We had aunts and uncles, siblings from far away, and a lot of family friends that all took part. I am proud of our guys for reaching out to all of these generous individuals. The shoes are going to help a lot of young people out and it's comforting to know that even in what have been difficult financial times, that so many are willing to take part in helping others." (Neff)

Carthage 15, Marquette 1
Carthage 8, Illinois 7
Minnesota Duluth 12, Carthage 10
Carthage 10, St. Thomas 8


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