Good as gold

"Lacrosse is a really small fraternity," Young said. "Everywhere you go, you know most of the players, and have played with them or against them in the past at some point."

This summer, the pair headed to Manchester, England, for the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse Festival held at the Manchester University Sports Grounds from July 17 to 22. The festival was held in conjunction with the FIL Lacrosse World Games.

Deegan and Young played on the "Cloudsplitters" in the Super Grand Masters division, which consisted of twelve teams. The team was made up of twenty men, ages 55 and up, from the Syracuse and Albany areas, as well as Maine and New Hampshire. Their team colors were purple and gold, with an image of the Adirondack Mountains on the front.

"The name Cloudsplitters has something to do with the High Peaks in the Adirondacks. The guys tried to tell us what it meant, but we didn't care, we just wanted to play lacrosse," Young, 57, said with a laugh.

The Cloudsplitters took home the gold medal in their age division in a sudden death win over the England Lions, 9 goals to 8.

While their families were not able to travel with them due to cost, they were pleased by the turnout.

Young's wife Karen; daughter Jennifer, who played lacrosse in high school, and at Nazareth College; and step-son Ted McCrone were all excited about the gold medal.

"Four years ago, Jennifer traveled with me to the festival in London, Canada, and she saw how difficult it was to win, so she was excited when we actually did," he said.

Young said he had some of his teammates sign his Cloudsplitters jersey, which he plans on mounting alongside the gold medal in a frame at his home.

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