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Team Valor victorious over Virtue 14-8 in inaugural Dan Daly Cup lacrosse game

By | June 24, 2014

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A team Valor and team Virtue player sprint down the field in the inaugural Dan Daly Cup all-star lacrosse game at Glen Cove High School June 21. The Cup showcased some of Long Island's top high school junior lacrosse players.

A team Valor and team Virtue player sprint down the field in the inaugural Dan Daly Cup all-star lacrosse game at Glen Cove High School June 21. The Cup showcased some of Long Island's top high school junior lacrosse players. (Photo by Cpl. Daniel Valle)


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GLEN COVE, N.Y. -- Team Valor wins the Inaugural Dan Daly Cup at Glen Cove High School’s Maiden Field, June 21. The Dan Daly Cup is a lacrosse game thrown in honor of Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, a recipient of two Medals of Honor, in his home town of Glen Cove. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Thomas)

GLEN COVE, N.Y. -- Team Valor wins the Inaugural Dan Daly Cup at Glen Cove High School’s Maiden Field, June 21. The Dan Daly Cup is a lacrosse game thrown in honor of Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, a recipient of two Medals of Honor, in his home town of Glen Cove. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Thomas) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Thomas)


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GLEN COVE, N.Y. -- Team Valor faces off against team Virtue in the Inaugural Dan Daly Cup at Glen Cove High School’s  Maiden Field, June 21. The Dan Daly Cup is a lacrosse game thrown in honor of Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, a recipient of two Medals of Honor, in his home town of Glen Cove. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Thomas)

GLEN COVE, N.Y. -- Team Valor faces off against team Virtue in the Inaugural Dan Daly Cup at Glen Cove High School’s Maiden Field, June 21. The Dan Daly Cup is a lacrosse game thrown in honor of Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, a recipient of two Medals of Honor, in his home town of Glen Cove. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Thomas) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Thomas)


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The players competed in the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test during the second day of training camp for the inaugural Dan Daly Cup at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y., June 17. Following the CFT, they participated in a leadership seminar conducted by the Marine Corps and then drills with the coaches and New York Lizards. The Dan Daly Cup will take place at Glen Cove High School in Glen Cove, N.Y., at noon June 21. The Cup will showcase some of the top lacrosse players from across Long Island.

The players competed in the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test during the second day of training camp for the inaugural Dan Daly Cup at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y., June 17. Following the CFT, they participated in a leadership seminar conducted by the Marine Corps and then drills with the coaches and New York Lizards. The Dan Daly Cup will take place at Glen Cove High School in Glen Cove, N.Y., at noon June 21. The Cup will showcase some of the top lacrosse players from across Long Island. (Photo by Cpl. Kristin E. Moreno)


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Glen Cove - Team Valor holds up the championship trophy after winning the game against team Virtue at the Inaugural Dan Daly Cup on June 21. The Dan Daly Cup is an all-star lacrosse game in honor of two time Medal of Honor recipient SgtMaj. Dan Daly. Recruiting Station New York partnered up with the city of Glen Cove and the New York Lizards to organize the game. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Caleb Gomez)

Glen Cove - Team Valor holds up the championship trophy after winning the game against team Virtue at the Inaugural Dan Daly Cup on June 21. The Dan Daly Cup is an all-star lacrosse game in honor of two time Medal of Honor recipient SgtMaj. Dan Daly. Recruiting Station New York partnered up with the city of Glen Cove and the New York Lizards to organize the game. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Caleb Gomez) (Photo by Sgt. Caleb Gomez)


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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.