Before the 2001 Minnesota Twins outfield of Torii Hunter, Jacques Jones and Matt Lawton adopted the moniker “Soul Patrol,” there was Hobart’s all-Black midfield unit of Malcolm Anderson ’87, Ray “Tiny” Crawford ’87 and Mark “Skip” Darden ’87.
US Lacrosse Magazine recently featured the trio in a story, “The Inside Story of Hobart’s historic ‘Soul Patrol.'” The article was born out of a podcast published in February featuring the former Statesmen, “A History of African Americans In Lacrosse: Part 4” hosted by Dr. Fred Opie, who played lacrosse at Syracuse.
The article reflects on their admission to Hobart, “As soon as I stepped foot on campus, my mom looked at me and said, ‘This is where you’re going to go, isn’t it?’ I said, ‘Mom I can’t say no. This is heaven,'” said Anderson.
The piece also touts the program’s dominance on the field with Anderson, Crawford and Darden helping Hobart win four straight Division III national championships while outscoring opponents by 425 goals, and praises beloved Coach Dave Urick. Darden compares the 10-time national championship winning coach to a certain 10-time World Series winning catcher. “He’s like the Yogi Berra of lacrosse because of his sayings.”
Anderson and Darden also note their growth as scholars thanks to the influence of former Student Resource Center Chair Dean James Henderson ’75. “He helped us as Black athletes transition from being on the lacrosse field, being rising stars, to being even better students,” said Darden.