THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011
Fundraiser for the Corey Lovrich Medical Fund set for Friday before baseball game versus Stetson
The JU men’s lacrosse team will be holding a fundraiser on Friday for team captain Corey Lovrich, who has been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. The event will feature free pizza and live music starting at 4:30 p.m. at the sand volleyball courts near John Sessions Stadium.

The men’s lacrosse team will be selling t-shirts and wristbands and accepting donations with proceeds going to the Corey Lovrich Medical Fund, which will help the family cover medical costs. JU assistant coach Brad Hester’s band Annie in the Water will be performing before the Dolphins baseball team plays No. 18 Stetson at 6:30 p.m.

Fellow defenseman and Dolphins co-captain Jake Ziegler will then throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Lovrich’s honor. During the game, members of the lacrosse team and the JU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be available in the stadium to accept contributions for the fund.

“It’s going to be a great atmosphere and we’re hoping the entire JU family and surrounding community comes out and shows their support,” JU head coach Matt Kerwick said. “No contribution is too small. We’re all just hoping to help Corey and his family any way we can.”

Lovrich is a sophomore defender who started the first six games this season before his diagnoses. The Long Beach, N.Y. native was coming off a stellar freshman season in which he played in all 12 games, starting 11 after making a recovery from knee surgery. He collected 23 ground balls in his first season and caused 10 turnovers. For his on-field performance and off-field leadership, Kerwick named Lovrich a co-captain in November.

“Corey returned to campus stronger and faster after having an excellent freshman season last spring,” said Kerwick before the season started. “He was a steady and solid defenseman for us last year after recovering from knee surgery. This fall he returned in tremendous shape and has competed with a purpose every day. He truly earned this honor to be named captain and is without question one of the hardest workers in this program.”

- By Brian Bohl