|People have always been passionate about the game of lacrosse, which already had been on campus 15 years when Cleveland-born Sean M. Horrigan ’91 became a student at Providence College.
“I started playing lacrosse late in high school. I fell in love with it immediately. Lacrosse is physical, dynamic; it takes a lot of skill,” says Horrigan.
Horrigan and his twin brother John played Division I lacrosse throughout their years at PC, with Sean becoming captain of the team his senior year. He registered one of the greatest all-time single game performances in Friar history when he recorded five goals and one assist in a game versus Georgetown.
Though he loved simply playing the game at PC, lacrosse turned out to be pivotal to Horrigan’s life.
“I graduated into the recession of the early 90s. When I went home to Ohio, there were no jobs, so I coached lacrosse at Ohio State, where I got my MBA in return. My lacrosse connections got me my first job, too,” he points out.
Today, Horrigan is a successful bonds trader in Baltimore, a “big lacrosse town.” He has been coaching kids’ teams on the side for five years, and boasts that, 20 years later, he still has his PC Friars gear.
Team needs scholarships to compete
PC joined the BIG EAST lacrosse conference when it formed two years ago. Competition has been tough, with the team finishing with a losing record.
While the NCAA permits a maximum of 12.6 scholarships, PC currently has funds for only half that amount, 6.3 scholarships.
||“I got tired of my friends from Villanova ribbing me,” jokes Horrigan.
“For our program to compete in the BIG EAST, we need to be able to
provide the scholarships that are necessary to recruit high caliber
student athletes,” he says.
And, Horrigan has done just that. He stepped up with a $50,000 donation to fund the Lacrosse Alumni Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.
“The generosity of Sean and the Horrigan family has a direct impact on our student-athletes,” responds Head Coach Chris Burdick. “I had Sean speak to our team in the locker room before our game versus Syracuse [ranked #1 in the nation]. I wanted our players to appreciate the hard work of the alumni who came before
PC recently gave Horrigan the inaugural Go Friars Award, which will be known as the Sean Horrigan Go Friars Award in recognition of his efforts. He admits he didn’t need the reward.
“I am already grateful to PC. I loved every minute I was there and lacrosse has opened so many doors for me. I’m really glad to be able to do the same for somebody else,” adds Horrigan.
“Sean’s generous lacrosse scholarship donations will have a tremendous impact on our student-athletes at Providence,” says Robert A. Driscoll, associate vice president for athletics and athletics director.
“His thoughtful commitment enables our young men to get a world-class education, while at the same time compete against some of the best lacrosse programs in the nation.”