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

Don also was a standout for the North Hempstead Lacrosse Club. So much so that he was the recipient of the 1999 Krongard Trophy, given to the National Player of the Year in club lacrosse. Not surprisingly, he was inducted into the Long Island-Metropolitan Hall of Fame in 2008.

Borges has continued his participation in lacrosse by coaching boys and girls of all ages in Police Athletic League lacrosse. He also opened the Turf Island Indoor Arena in 2006, affording youngsters multiple indoor leagues and opportunities for individual instruction.

Kevin Finneran
A superb midfielder who has brought great credit to junior college lacrosse. After an all-American career at Nassau Community College, Finneran had an outstanding career at Ohio Wesleyan where he was a first-team all-American, the Division III Midfielder of the Year and the Northcoast Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1989.

This Holy Trinity High School alumnus was selected to be a member of the Team USA in the 1998 World Games and was a standout in professional indoor lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings, Toronto Rock and Long Island Lizards. He also played for Team USA in the Heritage Cup in both 2002 and 2004, and was named captain of the 2004 squad.

When his playing days ended, Kevin continued his involvement in the sport by coaching in youth leagues, high school, college and professional lacrosse. He also operates a variety of camps and has become a fixture in the growth of the sport in Florida.

Jamie Allen
This two-sport standout at Levittown Division High School, arrived at Nassau Community College in 1979 as a football linebacker and lacrosse attackman. But he never did get to play attack. When Coach Rich Speckmann saw Allen's strength, mobility and aggressiveness, he moved him to defense.

Speckmann clearly knew what he was doing. Not only did Allen wind up as a two-year defensive stalwart and a junior college all-American in 1980 when Nassau won the NJCAA title.

Allen accepted a scholarship to North Carolina where, ironically, he played for defensive coordinator Dave Klarmann, another Nassau alum who last year was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame. Once again, Allen was a two-year starter and in 1981 played a major role in the Tar Heels first NCAA title. Indeed, in the 1981 championship win against Johns Hopkins, Allen was part of a defense that held the Blue Jays scoreless in the over the first 24 minutes of the game.

After graduating from Carolina, Allen coached and became a director of the Long Island Express, one of the country's elite travel teams.

He also has spent three decades in the Advertising Division of Newsday, Long Island's premier newspaper.

Alex Rosier
One of the greatest goalies in the history of NJCAA lacrosse, Rosier arrived at Herkimer County Community College in 1992 after a standout career at Mineola High School, and made an immediate impact. During his two years in the nets, the Generals carved a perfect 35-0 record and won successive national junior college titles. He was the captain of the 1993 championship team and was named to the NJCAA all-American team.

After his stellar career at Herkimer under head coach Paul Wehrum, Rosier received a scholarship to Syracuse University where he continued his outstanding play.

Alex helped the Orangemen make it to the NCAA Final Four in 1994 and capped a brilliant performance in the 1995 playoffs by leading Syracuse to the title over Maryland, 13-9. All of which means that in four years of college lacrosse, Rosier played key roles in producing three national championship teams. It remains one of the greatest feats achieved by a collegiate player.

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