Dan MaffeiU.S. Representative
[D] New York, United States

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Mr. MAFFEI. I thank the gentlewoman from California as well as the gentleman from Wisconsin. We have had a very, very good year in lacrosse last year in upstate New York. In fact, a good portion of the bills that I have come to sponsor on the floor have been congratulatory resolutions for all of the various teams that we have had. Syracuse University won its tournament. Le Moyne was second in its division in lacrosse, and we have already mentioned the OCC women.

But, Mr. Speaker, I think the word that the gentleman from Wisconsin used, ``excellence,'' is the only way to describe this particular team. These young men had extremely high expectations on their shoulders, and yet they exceeded even those.

So I rise to congratulate the Onondaga Community College Lazers for winning the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association men's lacrosse tournament. I am incredibly proud to be the congressman who represents the Lazers, and I am incredibly proud of them for an undefeated season and their third national championship in the past 4 years.

In 2009, the Lazers defeated Nassau Community College 9-8 in the finals of the NJCAA men's lacrosse tournament at Herkimer County Community College. This was the conclusion of a great season with many talented players, too numerous to mention here, but I will say that Jerome Thompson and Jon Fiorillo were named the offensive and defensive players of the year, and Head Coach Chuck Wilbur was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year.

All of the Lazers are tremendous representatives of their school and their community. The 2010 season is well underway, and the Lazers are currently ranked number 3 in the country with an 11-2 record.

I ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating the Onondaga Lazers on a tremendous season and a 2009 NJCAA national championship.