NJCAA Men's Coaches Assoc. to Induct Seven into Hall of Fame

Garden City, N.Y. ... The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association will induct seven new members into its Hall of Fame on Friday, May 9th, as part of the NJCAA Men's Invitational Lacrosse Championship Weekend.

Jamie Allen, Don Borges, Greg Cannella, Ed Cook, Kevin Finneran, Lou Marinacci, and Alex Rosier will be inducted during the NJCAA Tournament Banquet at Nassau Community College in Garden City at 7:00 p.m.

"We are delighted to pay tribute to such an outstanding group of NJCAA alumni," said Dave Stein, NJCAA Lacrosse Coaches Association President. "The accomplishments of these seven men just underscore how vital junior college lacrosse has been for so long."

Lou Marinacci
An enormously talented midfielder who was the consummate team player. During his two years at Nassau Community College, he helped lead the Lions to an overall record of 32-2, including a two-year undefeated record against junior college competition.

Marinacci was a more than capable scorer and passer, producing 35 goals and 34 assists over two years. He was also an outstanding dodger and loose ball dynamo, who had a nose for finding the open man.

Lou earned a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts and was a major reason the Minutemen forged a 17-3 record during his two years, scoring 19 goals and passing for 20 assists, while leading the team in ground balls both seasons. For his efforts, he was selected as a two-time Division I all-American.

Now lives on the West Coast.

Greg Cannella
An outstanding attackman who not only led Nassau Community College to the NJCAA national title in 1985 but was selected as an all-American and National Player of the Year.

Cannella then accepted a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts where he had 33 goals and 31 assists during his two years as a starter.

After working as an assistant coach at both Stony Brook and UMass, the Lynbrook native was named the Minutemen's head coach in 1995 and became one of the most successful Division I coaches in the country. As he enters his 20th season in Amherst, Greg has forged a record of 171-101, guided the team to eight NCAA tournament berths, including a runnerup finish in the 2006 playoffs. In 2012 guided UMass to its best regular season ever. The Minutemen finished with a perfect 15-0 regular season record and was ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time before entering the NCAA tournament.

Cannella has built a deserved reputation as a coach who exhibits integrity mixed with a sharp eye for talent and strategy. He has brought great credit to himself, his University and junior college lacrosse.

Don Borges
Graduated from Lynbrook High School in 1982 without a slew of honors or a big reputation. It wasn't long before he changed all that.

Borges was an unheralded midfielder when he arrived at Nassau Community College in 1983 but quickly became a star while helping the Lions win national titles in 83 and 84. He earned all-American honors as a sophomore and accepted a scholarship to LIU-CW Post, which played in Division I in those days.

Once again, Don became a two-year starter and was selected to the all-Conference team both years, while helping the Pioneers earn a berth in the NCAA playoffs.

However, Borges' playing days were far from finished after leaving Post in 1986. Over the next 10 years, he had a star-studded career with the New York Saints of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. He was an all-pro selection three years in succession and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1993 playoffs.

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