WEST CALDWELL, NJ — James Caldwell High School (JCHS) will host Pequanock High School on Saturday, May 14, when the schools play during the annual Lacrosse Saturday at the West Caldwell high school for the Becky Cup.
Created by JCHS varsity coach John Timan and head Pequanock coach Josh Danziger, the cup honors former Pequannock player Michael William Coppola, who died of Leukemia in 2012.
Organized by the teams and their associated booster clubs, the event raises money by for a fund created in honor of Coppola by selling T-shirts and other activities.
“Prior to the actual game, the coaches speak to the players about Michael, his legacy and how fortunate they are to be playing a sport and not fighting for their life the way Michael did,” said Timan. “The first year, many of our players knew Michael, and I think that the message was well received. After the game, the teams have lunch together, and even though they played hard on the field, they are shown that there are bigger things in life than lacrosse.”
Lacrosse Saturday began when the JCHS lacrosse programs were created. The school fielded a boys varsity team for the first time in 2004. The girls fielded a team the previous year in 2003. JCHS won the first two Becky Cups and hopes to bring home the cup again.
“It is always great to win,” said Timan. “But, showing the players that there is so much more to life and how fortunate they are to be healthy and active is the real message.”
For more information on the James Caldwell High School, please visit the district website at www.cwcboe.org/jchs.