The 2012 Fallston Lacrosse Lightning B-Team played the season for more than wins, championships or personal achievement.
The team's coaches, Jeff Blum, Bob Deim and Hank Keeney, implemented "Cash for Stats," and with support from the parents, a small monetary value was assigned to each ground ball, assist and goal during the course of the season. The idea was to raise money through "Cash for Stats" and donate to a worthy charity. The coaches decided on the Ronald McDonald House and from the first ground ball to the last, they were playing for more than just themselves.
Detailed stats were recorded by a grandfather on the team, Jim "Gramps" Pross, who took individual stats and recorded team stats such as rides, clears and EMO/man down. After each weekend of games, he would compile the stats and send an email of what was owed for that week. During the following week of practice, rain or shine, Pross would be there with his coffee can, voluntarily collecting money from the parents and players. The "Cash for Stats" journey was successful because of Pross and huge support from all the parents.
The team reached its goal of $1,000 and on June 18 presented a check to Executive Director Sandy Pagnotti of the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House. Pagnotti and staff were very grateful for the team's generosity and said the Fallston team's was the first monetary donation from a recreation council program. Not only did they donate money, but their time as well. Along with this donation the players, coaches, parents, some siblings and Pross provided, cooked and served breakfast to the families that had time to eat before quickly rushing off to the hospital.
It was a memorable day for all who participated. Players on the team were Evan Blood, Evan Blum, Austin Borns, Blake Deim, Brandon Deim, Kevin Ellington, Ryan Fascetta, Olen Huffman, Will Kaiser, Parker Keeney, Nicholas Kraemer, Darrius Lloyd, Derek Maggio, William Mayo, Logan Mullaney, Mason Paradise, Tanner Pirovolidis, Keegan Pross, Alex Rossi, Luke Wentworth, Matthew White and Kody Whitehurst.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun