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Deegan said his wife Susan; son Brian, who played lacrosse at West Genesee and later at Colgate; and daughter Maggie, who also played lacrosse at West Genesee, were also "pumped" about the gold medal win with the Cloudsplitters.

While at the festival, Deegan was also asked to help coach the Irish National Team, which came in ninth place in the FIL World Championships.

"Lacrosse is a great game," said Deegan, 56. "I've met some of the best people in my life - lifelong friends - through the game over the years."

The next FIL World Lacrosse Festival will take place in 2014 in Denver, Colo. Both Young and Deegan plan on participating.

"God willing, of course," said Deegan

Both Young and Deegan said the win has them "pumped" for the upcoming lacrosse season. While the J-E Eagles and the West Genesee Wildcats never play against each other due to different class sizes, you can follow each team's coverage during the spring in the Eagle Observer.

Caitlin Donnelly is editor of the Star-Review.

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