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Happy Father's Day

March 18, 2016
This weekend is packed with plenty of MLL action, and of course it’s also Father’s Day weekend! Many fathers will spend their weekends watching and coaching their sons in games, tournaments, and at camps, and MLL dads are no different. Players from around the league wanted to thank their dedicated fathers for their support and coaching throughout the years. Below are what a few of them had to say about their own dads. Be sure to check out the photo gallery for some great pics of MLL players and their fathers.

“Since I was 5 years old my dad (and family) have been the biggest supporters of me as an athlete. My dad understood the values that sports provided and encouraged and allowed me to try everything. It didn't take long to figure out that lacrosse was the sport and my dad quickly bought himself a stick so I always had a partner in the back yard. I can’t thank him enough for that support and helping me become the man I am today.” – Eric Hagarty, Boston Cannons

“Allan Rabil has and will always be the foundation for our family. From the beginning, he always let me find my way while providing the guidance and courage to never stop. Always the first one to send me a note before and after our game, with the power of his faith and leadership sticking out. Happy Father’s Day, big guy.” – Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons

“My father has supported me and driven me to be the best person I can be. He has always driven me to the next level and supported me at all cost. The sacrifices he has made for me cannot be repaid and I will always be grateful. I love you Dad.” – Mike Sawyer, Charlotte Hounds

“This photo was taken after we (UNC) won the 2013 ACC Championship. My dad was the first person I hugged. He has always been there to support and guide me not only on the field but off it as well. He has molded me into the man I am today and I will be forever thankful. Happy Father’s Day Pops!"- Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine

“My Dad has played a huge roll in my life. Some parents split the duties and share the raising of the kids. My Mom fell into a coma when I was in 7th Grade and passed away some years later so Phil was left taking care of two boys alone. That age is also the time sports started to get serious and taking a larger role in my life. I was playing rugby, lacrosse, track and of course being Canadian, hockey. My brother and I were always able to play anything we wanted and never missed a weekend tournament or meet. Lacrosse to me has been the key to a great education, a scholarship to the University of Delaware. I have been able to travel the world, Australia, Prague, London, NYC, Hawaii, Vegas etc. And a great job with Reebok after I graduated. Without my dad sacrificing all his spare time for us, I would not have the life I'm living. He put us before himself. A lesson I will enact when I have kids of my own.” – Jordan Hall, Hamilton Nationals


"I'm never quite at ease before a game until I get that phone call from my dad that morning. He has pushed me to become the player I am today and I couldn't be more grateful for the time he spends on the road to see me play. Love you Dad!" – Rob Pannell, New York Lizards

“My Dad – aka Big Ed – is without a doubt one of the greatest guys I know. He would do anything for his family – he loves his kids more than anything and I would not be the man I am today without his advice, support and love! Besides being my favorite athlete of all time, he is also one of the nation’s best horseshoe players. He never misses a game, I think he has only missed a total of 2-3 games my entire lacrosse career, which is so amazing! Thanks for everything Pops and have an amazing Father’s Day-you deserve it!” – Stephen Berger, New York Lizards

"I can only hope to be half the father that mine has been to me. He's my best friend and the best person I have ever met in my life. Love you GerBear!" – Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks

“Big Lou is the ultimate fan.  He is dedicated to making it to as many games as possible, even if the trip is sometimes a bit unreasonable.  It is so special to have a dad that after 20 years of watching me playing lacrosse, he still does whatever he can to be in the stands for games.  I love you Dad!” – Jeremy Seiverts, Denver Outlaws

"My dad means everything to me. He has helped me identify what’s valuable in life and perhaps just as importantly he has shown me how to carve out the time to fully appreciate those things"- Roy Lang, Ohio Machine

“My dad's been a crucial figure in all aspects of my life. He's given me the opportunity to do so much as a person and as an athlete. He always set the foundation as well as pushed me to go further than I thought possible, both on and off the field. Without his guidance, kindness and generosity, I wouldn't be half the man I am today.” – Christopher Eck, Boston Cannons

“Grade school memories of Dad attaching me to a 35-yard bungee cord for extra pull to work on my speed and stride.  Next up 50-yard trench pulls.  Wouldn’t be where I am at today in my sports career without him!  Happy Father’s Day!” – Eric O’Brien, Ohio Machine

“Your love for life is contagious and the impact you have had on me is permanent.  Happy Fathers Day to the greatest man in my life! I Love You Dad!” – Kevin Mack, Ohio Machine

“My dad has always been my biggest motivator, coach, fan and inspiration in sports and life.  He is the person who gave me the work ethic and drive that have allowed me to play lacrosse at the level I am at now and even strapped on the pads to do 1-on-1s when I switched to long-pole my freshman year of college.  I owe much of what I have accomplished to the example set by my dad and am proud to have him as my father.  I look forward to learning more from him and wish him the happiest Father's Day this Sunday.” – Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons

“As time goes on I begin looking up to my dad more and more. He is kind, supportive, and motivational. He wants what is best for those around him, while letting them choose their own course. His beliefs drive me forward and I will forever be thankful for having him in my life! Happy Father's Day Dad!” – Mike Stone, Boston Cannons

“Happy Father's Day to the best dad around, Randy Groot.  It started for me in second grade playing t-ball.  Himself and a few other fathers couldn't take us standing around anymore.  So they decided to start a youth lacrosse program in my hometown Canandaigua, NY.  From that day on my father used lacrosse to help teach me life lessons that have helped mold me into the man I am today.  He taught me to be unselfish, do what's best for the team, compete, and most importantly always have fun.  I can't express how grateful I am for everything he has done for me as an athlete and person.  Don't know where I would be without him.  Happy Father's Day pops, love you.” - Dan Groot, Rochester Rattlers

“Happy Father's Day, Big R. Your support is unwavering and your wardrobe is pristine. You're the man, Love Ari. Hope this makes up for not sending a card!" – Ari Sussman, Boston Cannons

“My dad has been the most influential person in my life. Not only was he the person that put the first lacrosse stick in my hand, but he has guided me in my life both on and off the field. He coached me for about 8 years of my life and I still talk with him daily about lacrosse. He always tells me before every game, "Play Hard, Do your best, and Have fun!" My goal in life is to grow up and be just like him. Happy Father's Day Coach Phipps!” – Brian Phipps, Ohio Machine

“My father is truly my biggest fan. I would be nowhere without him and his support. He has been the best role model I could ask for in my life and I am proud to say that I'm just like him!” – Tim Fallon, Charlotte Hounds

“My father is my first and only hero in my life. He has always shown me time and time again that no task is impossible, and no goal is unattainable. When I was younger he was the one who woke me up early on Sundays to remind me why I want to go train and get shots in the goal. He was a big baseball guy, and literally learned to catch and throw with a lacrosse stick in his 40s in order to be able to play my version of catch. He realized my love for the game and learned an entire new sport and its intricacies in order to relate to me. As a college and pro player he's always the one to give me real, honest feedback. As an adult my father gives me advice and thoughts on anything from politics to careers to friends. He's not only a great father, and a hero, but my best friend. I owe a great deal of my success to him (and my mom), for their never ending support for the game I love.” - John Geagan, New York Lizards

“Happy Father’s Day to my father, Bill Manny.  Since I first picked up a stick and played every other sport known to man with him as my coach, he has pushed me to be the best person on and off the field that I can be.  My biggest fan and supporter from PAL Lacrosse, High School at St. Anthony’s, and the past 4 years up at UMass.  There were some bumps in the road along the way and you always helped me through the bad, and celebrated the good like we know we can. Have always been a great role model and will continue to be mine for a long time.Happy Father’s Day Big Bill!” – Will Manny, Boston Cannons

“My father has taught me to always believe in what I'm doing and to believe that I'm the best at what I am doing. Thanks Dad.” – Adam Rand, Chesapeake Bayhawks

“I owe a lot to my dad.  His hard work is what has given me the opportunity to play this sport and grow as an athlete. I'm extremely competitive and love the thrill of victory, but there is no better feeling in the world than hearing "Great job, Jordan" from my dad after a game, knowing that he is proud of me.  Happy Father's day!  Love you Gman!” – Jordan Burke, Boston Cannons

“My dad Eddy ‘the eagle’ Schuss has been the most influential person in my lacrosse career. He put a stick in my left hand the day I was born (literally at the hospital). Ever since then he has coached my brother and I, and has developed us into the players we are today. He too has played lacrosse ever since he was a young boy and he still plays to this day. Happy Father's Day EAGLE!” – Logan Schuss, Ohio Machine

“My dad has inspired me to do things the right way. His motto was "work before play", and I still try to live by that daily motto.”   – Kip Turner, Chesapeake Bayhawks

"Happy father’s Day Dad. You are a true inspiration, and have taught us about the most important things in life. Brooks, Brittany, and I can’t thank you enough for all that you do. We love you! MTEE" – Brett Garber, Ohio Machine

“My dad has always been there for me and I know for sure I would not be where I am today without his support.” - Dominique Alexander, Ohio Machine

“Happy Fathers Day to My Dad!!!! I would like to thank my Father for all that he has done for me over the past twenty seven years!!!! I love you dad!” – Kyle Hartzell, Ohio Machine

“My dad has been my role model my entire life and given me every opportunity to succeed in whatever I do. He has taught me everything I know!” – Sean Aaron, Charlotte Hounds

“My father has taught me many things.  From the time that I was a little kid all the way up to now as we work together in a family owned business.  My father helped me become an accomplished martial artist which helped me achieve success with lacrosse.  Mentor, teacher, and chauffeur to practice, games, and everything else. My biggest fan is my father.” – Vito DeMola, New York Lizards

“My dad is my role model; he has always been there to push me further in life. I wouldn't be where I am today without him. Happy Father's Day!” – Steven Brooks, Chesapeake Bayhawks

“I want to wish my dad a very happy Father’s Day.  He has been the best role model that any son could ever ask for.  He taught me the importance of hard work and that anything can be accomplished if you set your mind to it and work hard to achieve it.  I hope you have a great day dad.  I love you!”  - Anthony Kelly, Denver Outlaws

Now don’t forget to thank your father for all he has done for you, and certainly don’t forget a Father’s Day gift. For just the right gift for dad, make sure to check out the MLL Shopand do any last minute shopping.

Happy Father’s Day from Major League Lacrosse!