Lacrosse history is filled with a long list of players who played this game with unmatched heart and skill. These are the smooth Attackmen, the thoroughbred Midfielders, the tough as nails Defensemen, and the fearless Goalies who revolutionized their positions. With traditional sticks and bulky gloves they paved the way for how the game is now played. Today’s lacrosse players may have never seen some of these tremendous players in action. It is our goal to honor them by giving them the spotlight they deserve. These are the Legends of the sport of lacrosse.
PART TWO: GOALIES
These Goalies are the best to ever step between the pipes. They had the biggest impact on the outcome of games and dominated with their skill, toughness, leadership, and no fear attitudes. These guys are truly a different breed and made clutch saves game after game. We want to give a big salute to these legendary goalies.
These are the Goalies that we see as the Legends of their position.
Arguably the greatest goalie of all time. The Hall of Fame keeper was big, tough, fearless, and had crazy quick hands. The UMass & Long Island legend had an incredible career; 4x NCAA All-American, 5x NLL All Pro and 3X Team USA gold medal winner. He was the guy that you wanted in between the pipes when the game was on the line. The bigger the stage the bigger he played. Thank you #2 for your leadership, competitiveness, and for inspiring goalies everywhere.
Scott Bacigalupo is a Hall of Fame goalie that played the position at an extremely high level! His college resume is super impressive; 4x All-American, 3x Goalie of the Year, NCAA Player of the Year and 2x National Champion. There has never been a goalie to be named the Goalie of the Year 3x’s! A wicked competitor that was determined to stop every shot – Especially when the game was on the line and it mattered most. He had great position and discipline in-between the pipes, but what sticks out the most about Scott was his ability to make a huge save in 1 on 1 situations. Kick save and a beauty! #10, we salute you at Powell Lacrosse for your unbelievable lacrosse career.
Greg “The Cat” Cattrano gets a Saturday salute from Powell Lacrosse! Cattrano had a tremendous career at Brown before going on to dominate in the MLL. His aggressive style and energy made him one of the hardest goalies to play against. He was as dangerous out of the net as in scoring 4 times in college and also scoring the first goalie goal in MLL history.
A 2x All-American, 1997 NCAA Goalie of the Year, 2002 MLL MVP, 2x MLL Champion, and a great person, Cattrano left his mark on the game of lacrosse. He played in the first 5 MLL Championships and was as clutch as they come. His fearless play inspired the next generation of goalies.
We never liked playing against him, but we have mad respect for one of the best goalies of all time, Greg Cattrano!
Brian “Doc” Dougherty is simply one of the best goalies to ever stand between the pipes.
Doc was a brick wall for Maryland as he led the Terps to the 1995 National Championship game making big time saves in big time moments like he would throughout his Hall of Fame career. He dominated in the pros with the Rattlers, Lizards, and Barrage as he won MLL Championships and Goalie of the Year Honors in 2003, 2006, and 2007.
@bdoc66 is a 2x First-Team All-American, 1995 & 1996 NCAA Goalie of the Year, multiple time MLL All-Star, and World Champion with Team USA in 1998 & 2010. If he made a save on you he let you know it. He played with a big heart and a bigger personality. He has also had a huge impact as a coach with his intense and fun loving presence on high school, college, and pro sidelines. Doc is an amazing teammate, friend, and one of the best people in the lacrosse community.
Bill Daye was one of the pioneers of pro lacrosse as a player and coach. His tenacious style of goaltending and his toughness always made it hard to get the ball past #2.
Daye had a tremendous career at UNC winning a National Championship in 1991 and helped lead the Tar Heels to several Final Fours. He played in the inaugural season of Major League Lacrosse in 2001 for the Boston Cannons and was named to the All-Star team. After having to end his pro career because of injury, Daye moved on to coaching. With his leadership the Boston Cannons won the 2011 MLL Championship and he was named the MLL Coach of the Year.
A great lacrosse player and a better person, Daye is an amazing role model for African American lacrosse players as he helps inspire the next generation.
Tillman Johnson is one of the greatest and most clutch goalies of all time.
Tillman made an immediate impact at Virginia starting as a freshman and would go on to start all 59 games in his college career. With his aggressive style he could change the tide of a game with huge save after huge save. Even in the pros he would regularly have 20 save games.
He is a 4x All-American, 2003 Goalie of the Year, Most Outstanding Player of the 2003 NCAA Tournament, MLL All-Star, and an inspiration for an entire generation of goalies.
Tillman played with a huge heart and unbelievable reflexes that helped him make some of the most ridiculous saves we have ever seen with his biggest coming in the 2003 National Championship. #9 was an unstoppable force for the Cavaliers during their playoff runs and a great teammate who we were glad to have on our side for a few years with the Rochester Rattlers.