As St. Paul's lacrosse coach Rick Brocato was closely monitoring his team's warm-up before a recent game, he made sure to individually acknowledge all his players.
It has become the norm in his 17 years leading the program: a pat on the back, tap on the helmet or slap of hands. If time permits, he likes to look each player in the eye and give words of encouragement.
Set to retire at season's end, Brocato says those are the moments he loves the most.
He also has plenty of wins he can savor.
With the No. 5 Crusaders' 17-4 win over John Carroll on Tuesday, Brocato tied the program's all-time wins mark of 232, now shared with longtime coach George Mitchell, who spent...