University of Mary Washington head coach Roy Gordon sent an email to the 2009 Staples boys soccer team, wishing them good luck in the upcoming season. “The UMW guys are behind you,” the longtime Eagles coach said.
The Mary Washington players met the Wreckers in unfortunate circumstances: following the death of Preston Hirten ’07. Several UMW players spoke eloquently at the Loeffler Field candlelight ceremony. Throughout the weekend they shared memories with Preston’s 2006 Staples teammates, and the current ’09 squad.
“I was so impressed with the entire Mary Washington program,” said Staples head coach Dan Woog. “Roy spoke beautifully at the service, and all weekend long his players served as superb role models for our guys.
“They really demonstrated the importance of being part of a team. They showed that it’s okay to show emotions for and with your teammates — and that you can smile through tears. I am proud our players got to meet these outstanding young men.”
Matt Lamb ’07 currently plays for UMW. The Eagles open their season tomorrow (Wednesday, September 1) at home against Virginia Wesleyan. Wrecker fans can follow the Eagles all season long by clicking here.