posted 12.23.2011 at 3.22 p.m. by Matt DaSilva

NCLL Founder Frederick Dies from Injuries Sustained in Fire

Scott Frederick, a longtime lacrosse official who founded the National Collegiate Lacrosse League, died last week from accidental injuries sustained in a fire, according to the Southern Lacrosse Officials Association. He was 75.

Frederick, whose officiating career spanned over 50 years, "passed away late in the night surrounded by family and close friends" in Baltimore, SLOA assignor John M. Sheehan said in an email Wednesday.

The NCLL is a national college club lacrosse association consisting of over 100 men's teams, many at schools with established varsity programs. Frederick founded it largely out of frustration with the way NCAA rules and coaches changed the college game. "We don't even worry about the rest of lacrosse," Frederick said in a 2008 interview with Lacrosse Magazine's Jac Coyne. "We play our games, we play our championship and we have our meetings. To hell with the rest of lacrosse."

The NCLL will celebrate its 20th anniversary season in 2012.

Funeral arrangements are as follows, according to the NCLL:

Dec. 29
Gathering at Johnson's Funeral Home
8521 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson, Md.
2-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m.

Dec. 30
Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary
8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson, Md.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Gathering at Towson Elks Lodge (All are invited to attend, please RSVP at
4 West Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, Md.
12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.