Team Valor victorious over Virtue 14-8 in inaugural Dan Daly Cup lacrosse game
| June 24, 2014
Team Valor, comprised of some of the top high school junior lacrosse players from Suffolk County, defeated Team Valor, comprised of some of the top high school junior lacrosse players from Nassau County, in the inaugural Dan Daly Cup all-star lacrosse game 14-8 at Glen Cove High School in Glen Cove, N.Y., June 21.
The Dan Daly Cup recognized the players’ superior achievement, both on and off the field, and built awareness of the legacy of Dan Daly. It was hosted in partnership between the United States Marine Corps and the City of Glen Cove, Glen Cove city schools, Nassau and Suffolk County Lacrosse Coaches Associations, and the New York Lizards.
Sergeant Major Dan Daly was a two-time Medal of Honor Recipient during the early 1900s and is one of the Marines Corps’ most admired heroes. His legend and fighting spirit is respected to this day by Marines of all occupational specialties. The Marine Corps used his legacy throughout a three-day training camp, with assistance from the New York Lizards, to mentor and instill leadership into the athletes that they could bring back to their high schools and local communities.
“The leadership we're instilling in these athletes through the Dan Daly Cup demonstrates the value of ethics and the idea of selflessness through the Marine Corps leadership traits and principles. We are teaching these young men that there is more to the game than their personal statistics and individual achievements,” Maj. Robert M. Jones, commanding officer of Marine Corps Recruiting Station New York.
A rededication ceremony was held for Dan Daly’s memorial in Glen Cove the morning of the Dan Daly Cup and was immediately followed by a parade from the memorial to the high school. The parade was led by the Marine Corps Base Quantico Band, who also performed at halftime during the game. Also in attendance for the ceremony was Barbara Ann Ransweiler-Harcourt, a descendant of Dan Daly, and her family.
The Dan Daly Cup was an attraction for all. Aside from the game, there were static displays of military weapons and vehicles and a Marine in a ghillie suit for photo opportunities. The Marines were challenging attendees to participate in the pull-up challenge and the New York Lizards challenged them in a lacrosse shootout.
Danny Murphy, Team Valor player from Hauppauge High School, was named game Most Valuable Player, and Cole Samaroo, Team Virtue player from Syosset High School, was awarded the Gung Ho award, which is presented in keeping with Marine Corps traditions to the individual with the most motivation who inspires others.
“This was a great opportunity to showcase my abilities and interact with the Marines and New York Lizards,” said Samaroo.
The Dan Daly Cup players will be recognized at the New York Lizard’s Heroes Day game July 3 at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium and the winning team will be presented the Dan Daly Cup during halftime.