Thursday, 28 May 2009 11:04
Thirty years of varsity play, five Metropolitan Association Championships, seven All Americans, a 31-game unbeaten streak that spanned parts of three seasons, and an undefeated season in 1999 are all part of the rich history of Portledge Varsity Boys Lacrosse. Much of this success was due to the incredible leadership provided by R. Curtis Sawyer, who served as director of athletics and head coach of Varsity Boys Lacrosse from 1981 to 2003. Sawyer was honored at halftime of a varsity lacrosse game in which the school officially named the lacrosse field after him
“The fact that this small school has produced seven All Americans is truly remarkable and is a testament to the overall quality of the program,” said current athletic director, Phil Hills. “Even more amazing is that two of these prestigious recognitions were awarded simultaneously in the spring of 1999 to Sands Point resident Marc Perry ’00 and Will Bodine ’00.” The two juniors were the heart of a group that went undefeated in 1999 and ran off a streak of 34 wins in 35 games between May of 1998 and May of 2000. Led by Perry, who went on to be a collegiate player for Yale, and Bodine, who currently plays professional hockey in the American Hockey League, Portledge won an unprecedented three consecutive Metropolitan Lacrosse Association championships.