On Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team joined with Team IMPACT, an organization that aims to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team, to sign 12-year old William Plourde (Northboro, Mass.) to its roster. Plourde, who suffers from Diamond Black Fan Anemia, a very rare bone marrow failure disorder, is excited to become a part of the Holy Cross lacrosse family.
Some personal facts about this newest Crusader include the following. Plourde loves brownies and his favorite color is blue. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the video game Mine Craft, listening to the Beach Boys and spending time with his little brother Justin, who is eight years old. The two boys are looking forward to spending time with the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team in the upcoming weeks.
Head coach Judd Lattimore is also excited to welcome Plourde to the team. “We are thrilled to have William join the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team,” Lattimore said. “We are looking forward to getting him out to weights, practices and games. It was great to see all of our guys welcome him on his signing day and I am confident that William will have just as great an impact on our team as our players will have on him.”
Junior Liam Driscoll(Hingham, Mass.) echoed Lattimore’s enthusiasm. “I am looking forward to what William can teach me, and what we can teach him,” Driscoll said. “Despite having an unfortunate disease, he instills discipline, positive attitude and relentlessness in us. Hopefully, we can teach him how to be confident, how to play catch and the beauty of friendship.”
Driscoll also believes that Plourde will provide the team with some perspective. “William has to do something every day that is painful, difficult and not by choice,” Driscoll said. “We see things in the bigger picture when we see William - how fortunate we are. We can't take it for granted.”
Senior Connor Sofield (Long Beach, N.Y.) also recognizes how much the team can learn from Plourde. “He is an extremely tough individual that has been through a lot for someone at such a young age,” Sofield said. “His ability to attack everyday with an optimistic attitude and his toughness through times of adversity will definitely act as inspiration for our team.”
Sofield also believes that his new teammate will help him better appreciate his sport. “I was fortunate enough to be able to play the sport I love at the collegiate level,” Sofield said. “William’s ability to make the most out of a difficult situation is something I hope to understand and learn from throughout this year.”