A History of the Denison Lacrosse Program

In addition to the web site, he and Federer also help organize return trips to Lake Placid and other events. To further foster the relationship between the DLA and the varsity program, its Open Division team includes alumni and up to seven varsity players (the NCAA maximum). The DLA also hosts events in various cities, where alumni get together and stream Denison lacrosse games online at a bar or restaurant.

"I think it's tough to beat what we have at Denison," said Smith. "A lot of our seniors utilize the DLA for jobs and other post-grad opportunities. If you connect [the tradition of excellence created by his predecessors) to what Coach Caravana has developed this program into, I think that's a big part of why the alumni stay connected to it," said Smith.

Denison's continued success on the field, the character of its coaches through the years, the quality of the Denison experience and the mere existence of a centralized organization have all contributed to the growth of the Denison Lacrosse Alumni. Still, "there is much more we can do," says Federer. "We think it's important to continue to connect younger generations with their predecessors while utilizing newer forms of communications to promote the unusual value of the Denison lacrosse program. We'll be promoting more events, be more aggressive in utilizing social media to encourage job networking, and provide enhanced content on our web site. The DLA has really just gotten started!"

By Steve Nazaruk '73, with contributions from Ryan Jones (A Whole New Ball Game, Denison Magazine, Spring 2013) and Andrew Luftglass (60 Years of Denison Lacrosse, Parts 1 and 2, Spring, 2013).

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