Daily Archives: August 10, 2011

Lacrosse Tributes: Navy Seal Robert James Reeves Died In Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan; Star Lacrosse Player In High School


“He was always very gregarious, a star soccer and lacrosse player

Robert James Reeves, Navy Seal Team 6

in high school,” his father, James W. Reeves, said. “It had never been obvious to me that he was going to choose a military career. It is very difficult to make it on these Seal teams. But that was where he knew he needed to be.”

They came from the same town, Shreveport, La. They were high school friends. Both men, Robert James Reeves and Jonas Kelsall, had overcome extreme tests and rigorous training to serve on the same elite Seal team. Both were assigned the same mission, and put in the same helicopter, only to perish together.

The helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 30 American servicemen over the weekend, including 22 members of the Navy’s most elite counterterrorism unit, brought the pain of a double loss to a Louisiana river port on Sunday.

Mr. Reeves, a chief petty officer who had turned 32 just days ago, was accepted for Naval Special Warfare training in 1999. He passed the harsh winnowing process to qualify for Seal Team 6, the counterterrorism unit that conducted the raid into Pakistan on May 2 that killed Osama bin Laden.

Since his freshman year of high school, Chief Reeves had been best friends with Mr. Kelsall, who also enlisted in the Navy, tried out for the Seals and passed the trials to join Team 6.

For more:  http://blog.usnavyseals.com/2011/08/friends-comrades-brothers-in-service-%E2%80%93-to-the-very-end.html

Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats Australia 20-7 In 5th Round Of 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships; Advances As #1 Seed Into Medal Round


In its fifth and final game of the round robin stage, the U.S. raced to a 20-7 victory over Australia at the 2011 FIL Under-19 Women’s World Championship, securing the No. 1 seed for the medal round. Attacker Cortney Fortunato led all scorers with five goals.

 Madison Acton won Player of the Game honors, thanks to her three goals, two assists and solid transition play.

Playing against one of the toughest opponents in the field, and a traditional rival, the U.S. racked up its most goals in a single game for the tournament. Defensively, the Americans held the Australians to their lowest total of these World Games.

The game was played in an unseasonable downpour, but there was no dampening of Team USA’s spirits.

“It was a great display of lacrosse. We knew Australia was going to be very good and athletic, and they have a great coaching staff with Trish and Jen Adams,” said head coach Krystin Porcella. “Offensively, we were working our lanes to goal, and defensively, we were trying to encourage our players not to let that easy pass behind to disrupt what they wanted to do.”

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/teamusa/u19women/2010-11/news/080911_rival_australia_no_match_for_us_under_19_lacrosse_team