March 5, 2009

The Marist Women's Lacrosse team will join the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation during the 2009 season as the program looks to raise both money and awareness for pediatric brain tumor research. On Saturday, March 7 the Women's Lacrosse team takes on Columbia University at 1pm in Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field during Friends of Jaclyn Week sponsored by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. The Red Foxes will host one of 10 games this weekend to raise awareness for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which dedicates itself to raise public awareness in the area of pediatric brain tumors.

The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is an organization inspired by Dutchess County Resident, Jaclyn Murphy, who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a form of malignant brain tumor, in March 2004. While going through treatment, Jaclyn began a friendship with the Northwestern Women's Lacrosse team. Over time this friendship blossomed into an unbreakable bond which has resulted into the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Due to the inspiring story of Jaclyn and the Northwestern Women's Lacrosse team; athletic programs across the country have began to adopt friends suffering from brain tumors, in an attempt to improve their quality of life.

The Marist Women's Lacrosse team looks forward to being placed with their adopted friend for the season, as they are currently on a waiting list. However, the Red Foxes welcome Jaclyn Murphy to the Marist Campus on Sunday, March 29 as they take on Iona at 2 p.m. at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. The Marist Women's Lacrosse team hopes you will join them throughout the season as they look to inspire a young life, and raise awareness for pediatric brain tumor research.

For more information on the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, visit