BOSTON (June 5, 2018) – Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and the American Cancer Society announced today that New York Lizards goalie Brian Carcaterra is the 2018 Real Man of MLL after raising $20,677 in the MLL Pink Challenge to benefit breast cancer research at the American Cancer Society. Collectively, MLL players raised $70,113 over the past month and that number will continue to grow throughout the season.
“I am thrilled to congratulate Brian Carcaterra and all of the players who participated in the MLL Pink Challenge this season,” said MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown. “I am continually amazed by the dedication our players show every day and feel very fortunate to have people like Brian in our league who exemplify what it means to give back.”
Mike Chanenchuk finished in second place behind Carcaterra with $11,334, Larken Kemp came in third place with $7,255, Michael Simon finished fourth with $4,601 and Matt McMahon raised $3,030 for fifth place. Overall, 12 players raised more than $1,000 and seven players raised more than $2,000.
Carcaterra is playing in MLL for the first time since 2002 and has appeared in two games for New York this season. He was an All-Star for the Lizards in 2001 and 2002 and helped lead New York to the Steinfeld Trophy in 2001. Carcaterra was a three-time All-American at Johns Hopkins and started all four years he was there from 1997-2000. He finished his career at JHU ranked second in school history in career saves (689).
Carcaterra lost his mother, Diane, to cancer in 2014 and dedicated his efforts in the MLL Pink Challenge to her memory.
“We are so grateful to Brian and the entire lacrosse community for helping us support our mission to lead the fight for a world without cancer,” said Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer, American Cancer Society. “Together we are attacking cancer from every angle, and will continue to make critical progress with partners like Major League Lacrosse.”
The first player to win Real Man of MLL was Scott Ratliff from the Atlanta Blaze last season. The Atlanta native has raised over $10,000 over the last two seasons for the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society was named the first official league-wide charity of choice by MLL prior to the 2017 season and the inaugural MLL Pink Challenge raised nearly $50,000 total. The MLL Pink Challenge is modeled after the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink program, which takes place in over 200 communities during the month of October.
MLL and the American Cancer Society will recognize Carcaterra with an on-field ceremony during the MLL All-Star Game in Boston on June 28.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston. MLL has led the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports since 2001. The league is made up of nine teams: The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dallas Rattlers, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards and Ohio Machine.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.