Sunday, October 8, Shuart Stadium
The second annual Marc A. Sieben Women’s Club Lacrosse Alumni Game will take place on Sunday, October 8, at 3 p.m. at James M. Shuart Stadium to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Dozens of Hofstra Women’s Club Lacrosse alumnae will reunite and play the current team in memory of their longtime coach Marc Sieben, who passed away in 2014. The alumni game will be preceded by the Men’s Club Lacrosse team taking on Stony Brook at noon and the Women’s Club Lacrosse team facing off against Stony Brook at 1:30 p.m.
Sieben coached the Hofstra Women’s Club Lacrosse team for more than a decade and led the team to two New England Women’s Lacrosse League conference championships. His daughters Nicole and Joanna are Hofstra alumnae. He was also a very popular figure in the Long Island community, having served as a social studies teacher and lacrosse coach at Bethpage High School. He remained very involved in the Bethpage school district even after he left teaching to work in finance.
Pat Montagano, Hofstra’s Senior Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Campus Recreation, says it is no surprise that so many alumni are enthusiastic about this emerging University tradition. “Marc was truly such a special person and touched so many lives. He was loved by everyone and will always be remembered. Marc deserves this recognition for his remarkable contributions to our Women’s Club lacrosse program, for his love of the game and without question … our students.”
When asked to describe Sieben’s influence on Club Lacrosse, Hope Knudsen ’17, an organizer of last year’s inaugural event, had no trouble finding words to praise her mentor. “He is the foundation of this program. He built it from the ground up and created not only a successful, competitive team, but also a forever family.
“Coach had a beautiful love for the game that he brought with him every time he stepped onto the field. … He inspired us to better players and better human beings. He became a second dad to so many of us, and this fostered a unique and strong bond among the team. As one of the members of the final class to have had the honor to play under Coach before his passing, I feel an overwhelming need to make sure that his legacy continues in this program. There will never be enough gratitude for the friends, memories, life lessons, dedication, love, and support that Coach gave each and every one of us, past, present, and future.” Knudsen is currently pursuing a doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Maryland-Baltimore.
At last year’s inaugural event, the alumni team captured a 15-6 win and more than $500 was raised for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. For more information on the October 8th fundraiser and tournament, contact Shaun Fean, Associate Director of Campus Recreation at 516-463-6926.