The world of lacrosse mourns the passing of one of its great ambassadors this week. Former Cornell goaltender and Dartmouth assistant coach Paul Schimoler passed away, at the age of 45, Friday, Feb. 15, after a short battle with cancer. He was set to begin his second season on Dartmouth’s staff, but stepped down when he was diagnosed with the illness in January.
The 1989 Cornell grad spent eight years as the head coach at DII Saint Michael's prior to joining Dartmouth. A four-time All-Ivy and All-America goalie, Schimoler was the 1989 Ivy League Player of the year as a senior. The two-time gold medalist with the U.S. Team (1990 and 1994) still holds the record for most saves in an NCAA Tournament and is a member of both the Cornell and Long Island Lacrosse Halls of Fame.
This is the second tragedy in just a few months to strike the Schimoler family as his brother John passed away last August at the age of 50
Schimoler never played in Major League Lacrosse, even though he tried out for the Boston Cannons at the league’s inception, but never stopped playing and coaching the game he loved working tirelessly to promote the sport.
Schimoler is survived by his wife, Lynn Ellen, their son Jack, 5, and daughter Serena, 19.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on the campus of St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt.
All of MLL extends its deepest condolences to the Schimoler family in this difficult time.