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posted 11.07.2012 at 2.12 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Lax Community Helping With Sandy Relief Effort

updated 11.15.2012 at 5.17 p.m.

The lacrosse community — with hotbeds in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — was touched directly by Superstorm Sandy last week, and its effects linger. Towns across Long Island, the tri-state area and other shoreline locales in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic were left to cope with the aftermath of a storm that killed more than 100 people and included record flooding that left many homeless and power outages for some that are still ongoing.

Here's just some of the anecdotes of those affected, and links to relief efforts. Share yours in the comments section below or on Twitter @LacrosseMag.

  • Boston College's MCLA team traveled to Fairfield, Conn., last weekend to help the family of a teammate whose house was severely flooded by Sandy. Players and the coaching staff gutted parts of the house and helped the neighborhood in general.

    "We took out the entire fire floor of both his house and several of his neighbors, as well as cleaned up all kinds of trees that were down across the neighborhood," Boston College assistant coach Michael Maloney said in an email. "Drywall, flooring, doors, casings, furniture, kitchens, you name it, it all had to go. It was a great day for us as a team, and something that I thought might be a great story for the lacrosse community."
  • Stevens Institute of Technology is located in Hoboken, N.J., a city across the Hudson River from New York City that was devastated by the storm. Stevens' women's team is selling "Hoboken Strong" t-shirts and sweatshirts with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Hoboken community and relief charities. Stevens' students are among those helping in the massive rescue and recovery effort at the school.
  • In Baltimore, Team USA and Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil is guest DJ'ing on Thursday night at Portside Tavern in the city's Canton neighborhood as part of a Sandy relief fundraiser. All of the donations collected at the door will go to Delaware Coast Aid.
  • Several equipment and apparel companies have created products whose proceeds will go to relief efforts. and STX are selling Lacrosse Recovery Fund t-shirts with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Mesh Lacrosse has designed special "Lax for Shore" shorts available here, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
  • Aftershock Lacrosse, a Pennsylvania-based club team, collected items like clothing, blankets and non-perishable food items this week to donate to Sandy victims.

Share your stories in the comments section below, on Twitter @LacrosseMag or email