Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Saturday marked the First Annual Spring Alumni Challenge at Lake Forest College. The event, which served as a culmination to the "spring ball" season for the football team saw over 40 football alumnus return to Farwell Field for the festivities. Despite a cold drizzle, that intensified as the day went on, the hot fires of competition were evident everywhere on the field as a six team 7 on 7 tournament progressed.

Alums were mixed in with current players and a round-robin bracket created a great championship match of undefeated teams. In the final game, the team the consisted of alums Jay Biondo '00, Mike Fitzgerald '03, Ed Kidd '07, Mike Bratta '10, and Dan Carter '10 as well as current players Keenan Carrawell, Kenny Clady Mason, Jordan Cruz, Jake Hujar, Querrnellus Jones, Justin Novak, and Austin Tijerina won the championship convincingly.

After the tournament, alums and current players moved the festivities to the Sports and Recreation Center for a meal together. For some of the alumni, this was their first opportunity to see the new Sports Center addition, and many enjoyed touring around the facility and wondering "imagine if we had this" aloud.

A great time was had by all who attended, and we are looking forward to having everyone back here next year. *pictures will be added soon

Monday, April 18, 2011


After a cold rainy practice that saw the Foresters go through a physical training course with the US Marine Corp. The Foresters shifted their focus to a different cause of physical activity. The 2011 Relay For Life, co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society was an amazing success.

In an all Forester-football family effort, the team went from third place at the beginning of the day Friday (having raised $5,300) to first place by 5:00pm (current total is $7,905). An amazing, heart-warming, and phenomenal push by our families, friends, and players.

"The Forester Family sent a message," said Coach Catanzaro,"Cancer Sucks, and we will want to be at the front line of the fight."

In addition to their fundraising efforts, the Foresters also raised money in other ways.

"I was sent to jail 22 times Friday night, each time, a player had to pay money to send me, and i had to "raise" the money to match to leave. The last player, Paul Daizovi, paid $20 for me to go to jail, and I had to raise an additional $20 to leave. I think that senior Chris Lang got the most bang for his buck though." commented Catanzaro.

Catanzaro was referencing the fact that Lang, won the second opportunity to "pie" Coach Cat in the auction. After Admissions Counselor Meredith Dumais spent $40 the first time, Coach Cat was asked if he would do a second time. This time the senior fullback from Michigan spent $37 in order to pie Coach Cat. All of the money went to the American Cancer Society.

In addition to sharing financially, the team also shared with the entire school one of the most emotional aspects of the evening. At the traditional lighting of the lumnaria, the members of the Benny Board, shared the story of Benny Watters and his impact on the team and our campus. While the players were talking in the pitch black ice-rink, the following video was played beside them :

The players shared about their first meeting, and their favorite memories of being with Benny. Many of the campus community we left, like the team, with tears as they made the luminaria walk. The team was thrilled to be joined by Brendan, Lisa, Bella, and Lily this year honoring Benny's interaction with the team at Relay last year, as well as all the other memories. It was a truly special event. In the one picture above, you can see Bella and Lily atop the guys shoulders.

It was a great "all-nighter" for our guys who celebrated in the spirit that Benny would have wanted them to, with video games, light saber wars, and smiles on their faces.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Forester Football Displays a Multitude of Talents Across Campus!

Spring Ball - Check

Raise over $3,000 for Relay for Life- Check

Provide a rowdy crowd at Women's Softball and Lacrosse Games- Check

Compete in an Iron Chef Competition- Check

Win the CARFU Rugby Championships- Check

Beat the University of Chicago in Men's Lacrosse- Check

Win the Tri-Delta Talent Show- Check

Win the Mr. CASAnova Competition- Check

Participate in the Delta Gamma Anchor Splash- Check

The list above is symbolic of the month that the Lake Forest College Football team has had. 20 members of the football team participated on the Club Rugby teams annual trip to Northern Illinois for the Chicago Area Rugby Football Union Championships. The Foresters had narrowly missed out on the championship the last three years. The Foresters DOMINATED the entire tournament, outscoring their opponents 105-13.

Sophomore Dominick Campagana was entered in the Mr. CASAnova contest, that was sponsored by the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Court Appointed Special Advocates. The Male "beauty" Pageant is a highlight of Greek Week on campus. Traditionally, the Football player struggles in the competition, but this year the tradition was broken. Campagna came away with the title of Mr. CASAnova. His skit, was ranked the "most hilarious" of the night by many in attendance, and his "swimsuit" portion was quite the talk of the campus. See the story behind the Theta's support of CASA here:

The Lake Forest College Women's Lacrosse Team had their first home game ever on Tuesday March 29th against Northwestern University. A crowd that included nearly 40 football players watched the Foresters defeat the Big Ten institution 13-8.

Nine members of the football team suited up for the LFC Club Lacrosse Team as they took on the University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin in their first conference games of the year. They beat Chicago in the morning session, but fell to Wisconsin (the defending league champions) in the second game. Freshman Eddie Dobernig scored his first career goal ever against Wisconsin.

For the Tri-Delta Sorority Spotlight of Talent, the football team was well represented. A group of seven Foresters performed their "remix" version of Black and "Red" (a spin off of Black and Yellow). In addition to the rap performance, freshman Robert King performed a hip-hop dance routine. In a close battle, the Forester Football Rap team took top honors.

As the Foresters continue to embrace the opportunities to be more than football players on our campus, we look upon them with great pride in their accomplishments, and their commitment to growing our campus community and spirit.

Please enjoy the videos and pictures that are posted in association with this article.