NJCAA Men's Lacrosse Coaches Assn to induct five into Hall of FameMay 8, 2014
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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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
This two-sport standout at Levittown Memorial High School, arrived at Nassau 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, He was also named 1980 NJCAA Championship MVP.
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. In 1982, Allen again anchored the defense as UNC repeated as national champions.
After graduating from UNC, Allen coached and became a director of the Long Island Express, one of the country’s elite travel teams.
During his two years at Nassau, Cook was the leading scorer on both the 1983 and 1984 national championship teams and was twice named to the junior college All-American team.
He continued his outstanding play at Cornell, leading the 1986 Big Red squad in scoring with 26 goals, assists with 16 and points with 42. His performance was good enough to earn first-team All-Ivy League honors and to be selected to the Division I All-American team.