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NJCAA Men's Lacrosse Coaches Assn to induct five into Hall of Fame
 May 8, 2014

Contact: Robert T. Leary - (315) 601-1980

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 Marinacci
An enormously talented midfielder who was the consummate team player. During his two years at Nassau (N.Y.), 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.

Greg Cannella
An outstanding attackman who not only led Nassau  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 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.

Kevin Finneran
After an All-American career at Nassau, 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 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.

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 (N.Y.) 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.

Rosier finished his career in pro ball with the New Jersey Pride of the Major Lacrosse League.

Ed Cook
He might have been small in size at 5-6, 140 pounds but this Levittown Division graduate played with the heart and toughness of a Lion. He was a complete player. An excellent dodger, a fine feeder and a tenacious rider. According to former Nassau coach Rich Speckmann, Cook was truly a complete attackman, adept at every phase of the game.

Like his older brother Kevin, Ed Cook went on to be an All-Ivy and All-American attackman at Cornell.

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.

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