Twenty Influential Black Figures in Lacrosse History
In honor of Black History Month, Lacrosse Magazine celebrates 20 individuals or groups who have transcended our sport over time.
During Hobart’s NCAA Division III dynasty days, athletes like Ed Howard who never played the game before arriving in Geneva, N.Y., thrived in the Statesmen’s system. “We made a living out of kids like Eddie,” former Hobart assistant and head coach Dave Urick, now the head coach at Georgetown, told Fred Opie in a blog titled “The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir.” Howard, an exceptional high school football, basketball and track and field performer, became a two-time All-American lacrosse defenseman at Hobart. His takeaway checks earned him high praise on the lacrosse field, but not necessarily at home in Buffalo. “I grew up in the inner city, and black folks on the corner used to call me ‘college boy,’” Howard told Opie. But black and white lacrosse players alike looked up to Howard, including a 13-year-old ball boy named Marc Van Arsdale. “Guys like Ed Howard were my heroes,” said Van Arsdale, now an assistant coach at Virginia.<br><br>
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<h1>Morgan State's "Ten Bears"</h1>
In the 1970s, Morgan State University fielded the only team that ever played NCAA-level men’s lacrosse at a historically black institution. Established in 1970 by coach Chip Silverman, co-author with Dr. Miles Harrison of the book <i>Ten Bears</i>, the team became a perennial top-20 contender and in 1975 upset No. 1-ranked Washington and Lee. Notable players included Harrison, Wayne Jackson, Stanley Cherry, Val Emery, Tony Fulton, Joe Fowlkes, Curt Anderson, George Kelley and Clarence “Tiger” Davis.<br><br>
(Photo: US Lacrosse)