NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Coast Guard men's lacrosse team will play its final regular season game as a club sport this Sunday at home against WPI at 2 p.m.
The Bears have been wearing a special patch on their uniform this season to commemorate the 30th season of the Coast Guard Academy men's lacrosse program. The patch has the letters JMS for LT John M. Senyard ('83), who is considered the father of Coast Guard Academy Lacrosse. He tragically perished in 1989 while completing humanitarian mission work in Kenya, Africa.
On the Sunday, the team will also have a flag ceremony which serves to formally recognize the ultimate sacrifices made by Coast Guard Academy graduates. A flag will be pinned on to the back of each goal before the game.
One of the flags is white with the initials JMS and the Class of '83 crest to commemorate LT John M. Senyard.
The other flag is navy blue with 61 white stars commemorates CAPT Thomas D. Nelson as the 61st name on the WALL OF REMEMBRANCE which honors Academy graduates who have perished while carrying out operational missions. In September 2008, Coast Guard lacrosse player CAPT Thomas D. Nelson, Class of 1988, was added as the 61st name on that list after he perished aboard Coast Guard helicopter 6505 off the coast of Hawaii.
Coast Guard will compete in the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League (PCLL) Division II Playoffs beginning on Thursday in Providence, R.I. The semifinals are Saturday while the championship game is on Sunday. The Bears are the #2 seed in the South going 3-1 in the southern division.