Forty Baldwinsville lacrosse alumni – boys and girls players – returned to Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium on Aug. 4 for the inaugural Coed Alumni Game, where male and female players were on the field at the same time, as teammates and opponents. The White team beat the Red 11-8, but everyone enjoyed the experience.
In an unusual twist, Baldwinsville’s annual Lacrosse Alumni Weekend got livened up with the first-ever coed alumni game, which turned into an exciting event full of fun on a hot Saturday morning, Aug. 4, at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
For many years, the boys program use to run an alumni game, but B’ville boys lacrosse head coach Peter Fiorini said that there hasn’t been a boys game in more than 20 years. Girls lacrosse head coach Doug Rowe said that the girls program has only been around for 25 years and has never had an alumni game.
So both coaches felt it was time to have one game - and decided on doing it coed.
Due to the mismatch in numbers of guys to girls the group decided to play the game as a true coed game, guys on the field with the girls, and scrapped the originally planned idea of girls playing the first and third periods and boys the second and fourth periods.
The game and the format was a huge success. Everyone enjoyed playing with and against each other. The game was kept safe due to the officiating by Jeff Collins (a girls ref) and Dave Brant (boys ref). Brant was the goalie on B’ville’s 1992 state championship runner up team.
Both Collins and Brant were glad to point out all the mistakes made by the older players. It really added to the fun of the day.
Players from 2012, dating all the way back to 1976, were present. Melissa Anderson, a 1995 graduate and interception specialist of the game came from San Diego. Melissa reminded us that it was only because of her and her interception of Matt Brigandi’s pass Saturday that the White team was able to win the game 11-8.
Michele Credno (Class of 1993) took the prize for traveling the furthest. She and her daughters traveled from Oman to visit family and friends.
The voice of the Bees, Paul Quattrone, and his wife, Judy, made it home from Florida to announce the game and watch his daughters Jill (Class of 1993) and Lynne (Class of 1999, member of the state , State Championship runner up team) play in the game.
And the day ended with a gathering at the American Legion. All players, parents and kids of the alumni had a great time. Next years game will be played on Aug 3, so those who didn’t get a chance to play this time around can save the date and spread the word.