In the one hundred and fifth 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.
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Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.