One of the first big wins for the Dunwoody High School boys’ lacrosse team came last spring when the group successfully convinced DeKalb County school system officials to allow the team to be sanctioned by the Georgia High School Athletic Association. The win, however, did not come without a cost.
While the team was sanctioned, the county did not have the funds for all DeKalb schools to field lacrosse teams, so the bulk of the team’s funding had to come from parents and supporters. To raise money, the team held fundraising events including a car wash, milkshake-drinking and nugget-eating contest at Chick-Fil-A and a Big Green Egg raffle.
On Sunday, Feb. 12, the team will host two college lacrosse teams in what will be their biggest fundraising event to date with all proceeds going to the DHS team. The No.-6 ranked Boston College Eagles will face off against the No. 8-ranked Florida State Seminoles at North DeKalb stadium for what should be an exciting match, according to DHS head coach and former Seminole player, Evan Goldberg.
“Over the past few years, they’ve both been consistent top 10 teams and they’ve played each other a couple of times in very close games,” said Goldberg.
The opportunity to host the college teams came about when Bill Harkins, FSU head coach, contacted Goldberg, his former player looking for a neutral location for their game with the Boston College Eagles.
“Coach Harkins at FSU called me and asked me if we would be interested in hosting the game here in Atlanta since it’s pretty easy for both teams to get here and we went ahead and made it happen,” said Goldberg. “Hosting this game is a great way to introduce the city of Dunwoody to high-level lacrosse and a tremendous opportunity for the program to raise money in support of our inaugural season.”
The DHS team will receive all proceeds from ticket sales, concessions and raffle tickets to help pay for equipment, uniforms and other team expenses, said Goldberg.
Bob Freeman, President of the team’s Booster Club, said this college game is a great opportunity, not only to raise money for the DHS team, but for the community to watch a game of this caliber. The boosters and team are very excited about the event and very appreciative of the tremendous contributions from community sponsors, said Freeman.
The FSU / BC game starts at 1 p.m. at North DeKalb Stadium on Pierce Drive in Chamblee and tickets can be purchased in advance at dunwoodylacrossegear. com or at the game. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Raffle tickets may also be purchased in advance from a DHS player or at the game. Many local sponsors contributed raffle prizes including: Aeropostale, Great Clips, Sports Authority, Brooklyn Café, J. Alexander’s, Trader Joe’s and GameStop.
The DHS team, who won their bracket in the North Georgia Lacrosse League play last year, just completed their first full week of practices in preparation for their first GHSA sanctioned game on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Along with Goldberg, the DHS team is coached by two other former FSU lacrosse players, Todd Matherly and Chris Sjogren who is originally from Boston.