Aug. 24, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A pair of former Loyola men's lacrosse All-Americans were big parts of Major League Lacrosse's Championship Weekend.
Tim Goettelmann '00 of the Long Island Lizards not only helped his team advance to the MLL Semifinals, but he was named the 2009 New Balance Sportsman of the Year for his efforts in creating `Monster's Kids,' a charity to benefit Long Island children's hospitals.
Gavin Prout '01 earned his third Major League Lacrosse ring on Sunday, helping the Toronto Nationals win their first circuit crown with a 10-9 victory over the Denver Outlaws.
An attacker for the Nationals, Prout also won MLL titles in 2005 with the Baltimore Bayhawks and 2008 with the Rochester Rattlers. He was a part of the Colorado Mammoth's National League Lacrosse title in 2006.
Prout, a native of Whitby, Ontario, Canada, was a two-time All-American at Loyola, earning third team honors in 2000 and first team accolades as a senior in 2001. He was the first overall pick in the NLL's 2001 entry draft by the New York Saints.
A nine-year MLL veteran, Goettelmann started the charity - which shares his on-field nickname `Monster' - during the past season. The program donates money to local children's hospitals, including Schneider's Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y.
In addition to volunteering at the hospital, Goettelmann and the Lizards have hosted children at home games this season.
He kickstarted the charity by donating his checks from his final two Long Island games of 2009, and the Lizards added to the project by contributing $100 for every goal scored during those contests.
Goettelmann is the MLL record-holder for games played with 110, and he has scored 23 or more goals in each of his nine professional seasons. This year, Goettelmann led the Lizards and was sixth in the MLL with 24 goals scored.
He was a Second Team All-American in 2000 and still ranks amongst Loyola's all-time top 10 in goals scored with 94 in his career.