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Kevin James Pearsall, 24, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on February 14, 2010, after a courageous sixteen month battle with cancer.
He was born December 27, 1985, in Monterey, California and attended grade schools in Annapolis, MD, Charleston, SC, Bristol, RI, and Mechanicsburg. He was a 2004 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School, where he played soccer and lacrosse. As a goalie for the Cumberland Valley Lacrosse Team, he set single season records for saves and save percentage. He then attended Messiah College, where he played midfielder for the Messiah Lacrosse Team for two years. At the time of his diagnosis, he was a student at Bloomsburg University, majoring in Environmental Science and was captain/sideline coach of the Bloomsburg Lacrosse Team.
Kevin was a selfless, free-spirited individual who had the unique gift of seeing the best in people. He had an intense loyalty to his friends and family. He had multiple interests, particularly in nature, music, and sports, loved hiking the Appalachian Trail, and had a new-found joy in holding his four month old niece.
Kevin is survived by his parents Greg and Barbara Pearsall of Mechanicsburg, his brother, sister-in-law, and niece, Christopher, Libby and Autumn Pearsall of Pittsburgh, PA, and brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Allie Pearsall of Alexandria, Virginia.
In respect to Kevin's wishes, a memorial service will be held in the early spring on a date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, Kevin strongly wanted donations in his honor to go to a charity with emphasis on cancer research. Memorial contributions can be made to I.U. Foundation Cancer Research, ATTN: Dr. Lawrence H. Einhorn, 535 Barnhill Room 473, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5289.
Arrangements entrusted to Myers Funeral Home of Mechanicsburg.
Kevin "Kubby" Pearsall
We will play this season for you and with you in our hearts.
You were one hell of a lacrosse player, but more importantly one hell of a friend.
We miss you and will never forget you.
P.S. Enjoy the free Troegs on tap up in heaven
Men’s Lacrosse: Perfect Autumn
BLOOMSBURG- Bloomsburg men’s lacrosse team took their final step in assuring a perfect fall record Sunday as they trounced 2007 final four participants Millersville University 14-9 in a long and grueling game. The huskies started off slow and vulnerable but a few adjustments allowed the game to conform to Bloomsburg’s original plan.The shaky start began as Millersville attack men Kyle O’Donnell (West Chester PA) was the catalyst on four quick goals, scoring two and assisting on another two. The quick onslaught of goals left the huskies in a daze, but Captain Steve Wittmer made the correct call in isolating O’Donnell the rest of the afternoon, which in turn, stagnated the Millersville attack.Throughout the game, Bloomsburg showed great signs of balance in all aspects of the game. Sophomore goalie Andrew Outten stepped up nicely as Junior Eric Ness, who suffered an injury in a bicycle accident sustained earlier in the week. Outten registered many chaotic saves all game diffusing any spark from the Marauders assault. Outten tallied 18 saves in all and ran the clear like a well oiled machine.The defense played exceptionally well after the first quarter blemish with hard sliding and timely communication. Homerun checks from Drew Andre and Steve Wittmer lit up the highlight reel frequently as it allowed the transition game to flow. Those defensive stops and fundamentally sound stick work from the defense on clears began the transition track meet in the midfield.With Kevin Pearsall and Kyle Gettz running on all cylinders, goals were easy to come by with the silky smooth finishing of the attack men; this allowed the transition game to account for more than 1/3 of the huskies attack. The other piece of the attack was filled in with dominant dodging from Mike Porter and Mike Vogan, with Scott Radzinkski fueling the fire with pinpoint accurate passing and timeless runs from behind the goal. Solid ball movement and patient possession was one of the key ingredients to the game throughout the second half.Other mitigating factors in which the Huskies controlled the tempo of the game included the daunting task of the inevitable ‘ground ball war.’ Bloomsburg led Millersville almost 2-1 in this category across the board, which some say is the reason why the victory was achieved. John Lawless again played outstanding at the faceoff mark winning more than 50% of the battles, which in turn allowed to goals, fast breaks, and possessions that ruined the Millersville plan of action.After Bloomsburg showed great promise with wins against East Stroudsburg, Temple University, Rutgers University, Kutztown, and Millersville, a deep playoff run is most expected from this “team” that plays like a championship squad, closing out games late, and holding onto early leads from the start of the game. With the spring season coming up, many are excited for what is anticipated to be the most talented and deep group to grace the Bloomsburg campus. With an undefeated fall, many are hopeful of an exciting spring, with a team that deserves it.
By: Colin McHugh
Bloom Men’s Lacrosse, Skilled Beyond its Club Status
Bloomsburg men’s lacrosse can often be overlooked as a non-NCAA sanctioned club regulated team. However, Bloom lacrosse has a fluidity compared to some Division III and Division II schools and as such they deserve respect. The team has earned that respect, and now they have something to show for it.
Over the past weekend the Bloomsburg Men’s Lacrosse team galloped their way to victory over a strong field of teams at Kutztown’s annual Fall-Ball tournament. Decisive wins over Temple, Rutgers, and the nail biting finish to beat Kutztown for the first time in three years capped off the last month of hard work and dedication. This in turn translated into a content celebration on Kutztown’s home gridiron. Fantastic goalie play from sophomore Andrew Outten, of Landenberg, Pa., and Eric Ness, of Chalfont, Pa., gave the stingy Bloomsburg defense when all else failed, some insurance at the back. Both registering more than eight saves per game and running the clear efficiently gave Bloomsburg exactly what they needed in order to come out with the victory. Circus saves from Eric Ness in the Championship game may have been the decisive reason as to why the Huskies came out on top.
Every coach knows that the game is won at the mid-field; with faceoff guru John Lawless, from Collegeville, Pa., BU Lacrosse pulled all the strings in order to possess the ball. Solid wing play on face-offs from Tom Klodarska, Media, Pa., and freshman stalwart Tim Ashton, Oreland, Pa., gave Lawless the support he needed when the trick of the trade he possessed did not comply with Kutztown’s strategy. Other great performances from Ed Piccione, Langhorne, Pa., and some sharp-shooting tutorials from Kevin ‘Kub’ Pearsall, Harrisburg Pa., and Justin Idzenga, Hillsdale, NJ, gave something the fans could cheer for.
Along with solid goaltending and efficient midfield play, the flashy offense led by Scott Radzinski, Northern NJ, Downingtown Native Michael William Francis Porter, and Phoenixville local Mike Vogan, gave Bloomsburg help in all 20 goals over the three games at the tournament.
After a great showing and solid play at this past weekend’s round-robin style tournament a few important figures in this club were interviewed on what to look forward to in the upcoming spring season.
Defensive-Captain and part time bass player, Andrew Andre who hails from a small suburban village outside of Nashville, Tn. believes “this year’s team can accomplish a lot with the number of returning players and our great team chemistry.” Andre was extremely happy with the win over the past weekend, recalling, “it was the first time we beat Kutztown in the three years that I’ve played here.”
Along with Andre, Bench coach Andy Spengler, who no longer plays due to a chronic shoulder injury, is excited about the upcoming season. After the dubbed “Championship” performance this weekend Spengler said, “We have a very talented team with players like Drew Andre, and Brad Poley with tremendous goalkeeping to rely on. Team-Captain Steve Wittmer leads with great focus and determination as well.”
Captain Steve Wittmer who resides in beautiful Lansdale, Pa. said, “We just have to play our game and not their’s, finish our shots and communicate defensively.” Passion and heart is another aspect this team has and allows the other teams they play to recognize that.
The stingy defense and efficient offense is a great combination of hard work, great fluidity and special ingredients to a fantastic team. Cousin of Defensive-Captain Andre, Poley, of Pottstown Pa., is a standout mid-fielder for the Huskies. His younger brother and long stick mid-fielder, Tyler Poley, is a possible recruit for the team. With years of club lacrosse played on the club franchise known as “Black Bear” he will bring talent, passion and insurance to the squad. Just another person the Bloomsburg student body will embrace and engulf as a Husky and one of their own. The thought of a one-two punch midfield combination in the coming years will give Bloomsburg lacrosse more and more things to look forward to in the future. Along with Poley, freshman midfielder Greg Banis, seasoned-veteran Defensemen Andrew ‘Red’ Sibley, and junior mid-field Ironman Kyle Gettz, just to name a few, will show the league and rivals how diverse and different Bloomsburg Lacrosse’s offensive and defensive schemes can be. They add depth and talent to the already stellar nucleus of what the kids on the block call Bloom Lax. Lookout for a few games to cap-off the fall ball season and as well as a the regular season schedule with games against Penn State, Wilkes University, Penn Tech, and East Stroudsburg.
By: Colin Mchugh