Legends of the Game

In the 36th edition of “Legends of the Game” we look at the career of Sal LoCascio.

From Sal’s Wikipedia page…

Sal LoCascio (born April 6, 1967) is an American former professional lacrosse goaltender and coach who played the majority of his career for the New York Saints of the National Lacrosse League. He also played one season with the Long Island Lizards, and after retiring as a player, served as the head coach of the Saints, and also of the MLL’s Bridgeport/Philadelphia Barrage.

LoCascio is one of the few lacrosse players, and one of the only goaltenders to achieve success in both box and field lacrosse. Today, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest lacrosse goaltenders of all time.

From 1985 to 1989, LoCascio played for University of Massachusetts Amherst. He set the record for the most saves by any NCAA goalie in 1987, with 271 saves. LoCascio graduated in 1989, and was a four-time All-American. In the 1989 NCAA Quarterfinals against Johns Hopkins, LoCascio recorded 26 saves.  In 2000, he was elected to the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame.

LoCascio signed with the New York Saints of the National Lacrosse League as an undrafted free agent in 1990. He played 10 seasons with the Saints as their starting goaltender from 1990 to 2000. LoCascio was named all-pro five times, in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997.

In addition to his decade-long tenure as goaltender for the Saints, LoCascio has also represented Team USA in the World Lacrosse Championship. He won three gold medals in 1990, 1994, and 1998.

In 2002, LoCascio was named the head coach of the Bridgeport Barrage of Major League Lacrosse. He remained with the team after it moved to Philadelphia, and won the Major League Lacrosse Steinfeld Cup and the Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year Award in 2004.

In 2004, LoCascio was awarded the Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year Award. He was also inducted into U.S. National Lacrosse Hall of Fame the same year. In February 2008, LoCascio was inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.

References:

^Borelli, Tom (February 27, 2008). “A Saint Named Sal”LaxMagazine.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28.

^“Sal LoCascio Hall of Fame Class Bio”USLacrosse.org. Archived from the original on 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2008-02-26.

^“Class of 2000 Announced:UMass Athletic Hall of Fame”UMASSAthletics.com. June 26, 2000. Retrieved 2008-02-26.

^“League Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2008”NLL.com. January 9, 2008. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-09.

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