It’s been almost a decade since Rowan University student Donald Farrell headed out to a convenience store located just off campus, never to return.
It was Homecoming week at Rowan and the sophomore from Boonton, NJ was enjoying a night just hanging out with a few friends. Unbeknownst to them, the very convenience store that Donald and his friends were heading towards was being robbed.
“Donnie” and his friends crossed paths with the robbers as they exited the store. Sadly, they attacked and savagely beat Donnie before fleeing the scene. Donnie passed away the very next day. The assailants were never apprehended.
Donnie was a just 19 at the time, but the sophomore left a lasting impression on the University and the community, by co-founding the Rowans Men’s Club Lacrosse Team.
Some eight years later, after hearing the tragic story of the teams co-founder, the 2015 Rowan lacrosse team, with help from the Farrell family, started the Lax For Donnie Tournament as a way to keep Donald’s memory and contribution to Rowan alive.
The initial tournament was a challenge to get off the ground, but thanks to a GoFundMe effort and even an article on Barstool Sports, the tournament was a success. This year’s tournament was held this past weekend at Richard Wackar Stadium, and featured 8 teams in total, the most ever in the tourney’s short 4 year history.
After posting a 4-0 record in division play, the host Prof’s defeated Dickinson 6-2 in the semi-final round, then went on to defeat The College of New Jersey 9-1, to win the Lax for Donnie Championship.
It’s fitting that the Prof’s would win every game on this day in memory of their co-founder Donnie and hopefully the tournament and memory of the team’s co-founder will continue on.
For more information or to participate in a future Lax For Donnie Tourney, reach out at RowanUMensLacrosse@gmail.com.
Here are the scores from the Lax For Donnie Tournament: