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Corey's Story - Win the Day, 88

Corey Lovrich

 

    • Corey Lovrich, Jacksonville University Lacrosse, Captain 2011

    • Hard working, great smile, outgoing, a guy everyone wanted to be around on and off the field

    • Recruited by Syracuse 

      • 10 NCAA Titles (Duke Basketball or Alabama Football)

    • Tore his ACL Sr. year of HS in Long Island, NY on Long Beach

    • Decided to attend school and play lacrosse at JU

    • A guy everyone respected on the field and wanted to be around off the field

    • Rehabbed like crazy and was a starter in our first game vs. UNC

      • 6K fans

      • In first ever D-1 game in Florida, lost to perennial power UNC 11-6

    • By the next year he earned captain status as a sophomore

    • Someone who figured out the need to go hard everyday (Win The Day)

    • In our third game that year, 2011, we were playing away in Maryland vs. Mt St. Mary’s

      • Corey was carted off the field with what we all thought was another knee injury

    • Instead, he was having trouble going to the bathroom for a couple days and was diagnosed with colon cancer at the hospital

    • We all visited him in the hospital and his room was littered with cards and flowers

      • Corey touched so many lives

    • He left JU to go back home to Long Island in an attempt to get better and be with his family

    • Corey came out to our game in Everbank Stadium the next year, 2012

      • He was in remission and he was plotting his return back to JU beginning with strength and conditioning

    • No doubt his presence and energy on the sideline propelled us to victory against Navy, 12-7

      • Lovey was smiling ear to ear all weekend

    • It was great having him that weekend, going out, dinner, the works

      • He was one of the boys

      • Hadn’t lost a step

    • Later that summer his cancer reappeared

    • He died shortly thereafter in June of 2012

    • Corey taught me to live everyday like it was my last

      • He made the world a better place everyday

    • Win The Day

      • Something I wear everyday on both of my wrists

      • He was always with his family and teammates

    • We incorporate this at Villages Lacrosse Club and Nease High School

      • Told the players this story

      • We have a practice player of the day, PPOD, everyday

      • They earn the right to wear the bracelet as a necklace to school that day

    • Win The Day, 88!

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