Lehigh's Cameron and Roman Lao-Gosney: A Lasting Impact

"Not only did I get the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the game, but I also had a chance to travel around to some pretty cool cities and make some good friends," said Cameron.

Roman played in four games this summer, scoring his first professional goal on Aug. 4 against Charlotte. Ironically, it came against the team Cameron started the year with, but by that time had been dealt to Hamilton as part of a trade which included legendary faceoff man Geoff Snider. So instead of playing against each other on the fourth, it marked the first time the twins played together professionally.

"Though Cam and I have always enjoyed playing lacrosse together, we were looking forward to playing on separate teams for once," said Roman. "When I first heard that Cameron got traded to the Nationals, my initial thoughts were, I can't get away from this kid. It would have been new and interesting playing against him, but it's still fun being on the same team."

Cameron played in three games for Charlotte and one for Hamilton, primarily as a defensives midfielder. He was very well regarded for his play defensively, while also contributing a groundball and two shots.

"Initially, when hearing about the trade, I was actually bummed considering I had just gotten settled in at Charlotte and had been working my way up," said Cameron. "I had made some good connections there and was enjoying the city, but it's nice playing with my brother again. We'll get a chance to rekindle the on-field chemistry we have been developing since birth."

The Lao-Gosneys have doubled the number of all-time Lehigh players on a Major League Lacrosse roster. Before them, only Andrew Lucas (2006) and Todd Schreiner (2002-03) ever donned an MLL uniform - for the Long Island Lizards and Rochester Rattlers, respectively. And with a strong senior class in 2013, there should be even more in the league next summer.

"It's a great honor to represent Lehigh in professional lacrosse," said Roman. "So many of the players are from the big-name schools and it means a lot to be among the first players from Lehigh to play professionally; it shows how far Lehigh has come in the last four years. I know next summer, there will be more Lehigh grads drafted into the league and I'm excited to play with, or against, some of my old teammates again."

"I honestly believe it's only the beginning for the Mountain Hawks in terms of moving on to the next level," said Cameron. "It's really a testament to the program in general and its rise to prominence, and I'm happy to have been an inaugural part of such a significant step for Lehigh Lacrosse."

Recently the twins were among Hamilton's "protected list," meaning the Nationals see them both in their future plans. They also participated in a team USA tryout scrimmage the week on Sunday, Oct. 7, playing with (and against) the nation's top players. Both enjoyed strong performances, with Cameron earning a spot on Lacrosse Magazine's "Ten Who Impressed at Team USA Scrimmage."

The Lao-Gosneys have also been active outside of the playing field, most notably appearing in the lacrosse movie Crooked Arrows released in May. The twins were both part of the Coventry team, the prep school which the Crooked Arrows play. Roman wore #21 and Cameron #25; they appeared in numerous scenes with Roman having one speaking part as well.Both Cameron and Roman plan on pursuing careers in film, so the movie experience fit in perfectly with their future goals.

"It was a great experience," said Cameron. "It was a great chance to observe the environment and to get a feel for how a production company operates. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other lacrosse players from around the country, including the natives whose understanding and tradition of the game I'll never forget."

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2012-10-17



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