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Colleges host memorial lax games

For the fourth year, hundreds of Geneva High School (GHS) alum-athletes are gearing up and picking up their lacrosse sticks in memory of one of their own. The memorial lacrosse games hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges are held in memory of Michael D. D’Amico, a 2002 graduate of Geneva High School who was killed by a drunk driver. An avid lacrosse and hockey player, D’Amico learned how to play lacrosse while attending Hobart summer camps and by working on an individual basis with Associate Director of Admissions Bill Warder ’96. After graduating from GHS, he attended The Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H. The games are sponsored by Sodexho, the HWS Summer Programs office and the YMCA and will be held on Saturday, July 5, at McCooey field. Currently, more than 100 players are expected to participate and more than 50 sponsors have contributed. “I’m overwhelmed by the community’s generosity,” says Associate Director of Admissions Ruth Teague ’77. “As a parent, I volunteer because I can not imagine losing a child this way. All three of my kids played at Geneva High School and at HWS (Preston ’02, Lindsay ’04 and Garrett ’07), so we could not think of a better way to honor Michael’s memory than to play lacrosse.” The women’s alumni game will begin at 10 a.m., while the men will face off at noon. Registration costs $15. Players, on-site volunteers and sponsors are needed for the games. All proceeds will be donated to the YMCA youth lacrosse program, where D’Amico played. For additional information about the men’s game, please contact Preston Teague ’02 at (716) 697-0976 or by e-mail at; Ruth Teague ’77 at (315) 781-3730 or by e-mail at; or Bill Warder ’96 at (585) 943-4895 or by e-mail at For further information about the women’s game, contact Kris Martin at (315) 945-7796 or by e-mail at Details regarding the event may be found at Michael “Diko” D’Amico Memorial Lacrosse Game Web site and are also available at the Geneva Family YMCA. The above photos were taken during last year’s Diko Memorial game.

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