July 22, 2010

Grand Master Minds: U.S. Assistants Win Own Gold

by Matt DaSilva | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff | FIL World Championships Blog

MANCHESTER, England -- Rick Sowell remains shifty as ever.

Sowell and fellow U.S. team assistant coach Tony Resch strapped on their pads Thursday to lead FROGs ("Florida Really Old Guys" or "Fat Retired Old Guys," depending on who you ask) to the Grand Masters (45 and older) world championship. In what they hope was a foreboding, the victory came against a group of Canadian players.

Sowell scored four goals and dished two assists, Resch played lock-down defense and ageless goalie Cookie Krongard made two point-blank saves down the stretch. Both Sowell and Resch were brandished with gold medals. They hope it's not the last time that will happen this weekend.

"I was only going to play yesterday, but then Coach Resch twisted my arm," Sowell said, adding it was awkward at first shooting with gloves on rather than bare-handed as he does running practices as a coach at Stony Brook. "The fact that it was the Canucks was added incentive."

Sowell hadn't played for eight years, but you could hardly tell. Team USA faceoff consultant Paul Cantabene caught video on his Flip cam of Sowell and Resch at work. Here are the highlights:

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