HOLMDEL, NJ — A GoFundMe site was launched Monday by the Holmdel Lacrosse Team to support the family of their friend, classmate and teammate Jack Dowd, who died Sunday after collapsing at a lacrosse game at Rutgers University. You can find it and assist the family by clicking here:
On Sunday, 16-year-old Jack Dowd, a Holmdel High School junior and varsity lacrosse player, collapsed on the field during a scrimmage at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. According to a Rutgers spokesperson, emergency services responded to a 911 call shortly after 6 p.m. describing a teen player that had collapsed during a youth lacrosse game at their University Park Field.
Rutgers Emergency Medical Teams assisted in first aid services for Dowd, who was then rushed to Robert Wood Johnson hospital. The tragic news traveled throughout Holmdel Sunday evening. Jack Dowd’s father, Sean Dowd, is an English teacher at Holmdel High School.
Counseling services and assistance were made available to students at Holmdel High School Monday. In an email Monday evening Holmdel High School principal William Loughran wrote, “Today was a terribly sad day for the entire high school. The Dowd family has touched so many lives in our community and we are all devastated by Jack’s passing.”
Village School Principal Brian Schillachi wrote, "We were saddened to receive the news that Jack Dowd, an 11th grade student at Holmdel High School died suddenly yesterday. As a school community, we are deeply saddened by this loss and offer our support and condolences to the Dowd family."
In a letter yesterday evening from Holmdel’s Superintendent Robert McGarry confirming the tragedy to the school community, it was mentioned that “The Dowd family has asked that I share this news with you and ask that you respect their privacy at this extremely challenging time.”
TAPintoHolmdel&ColtsNeck sends their deepest condolences to the Dowd family.