Men’s lacrosse club team wins US Lacrosse award

Lacrosse retouch banner RS.jpg

KennesawState University’s Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team has won the prestigious 2010…

Georgia (Feb 9, 2011)

KennesawState University’s Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team has won the prestigious 2010 James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award for District 5 (which includes Georgia). The award was bestowed at the annual US Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore, Md., and personally accepted by Head Coach Ken Byers at the 2011 Georgia Lacrosse Foundation Awards Dinner last month.

Jerome Ratchford, KSU’s vice president for student success, said, “Coach Ken Byers’ Fighting Owls bring a high level of intensity and excitement to every game.” Ratchford continued, “This award is a tremendous honor and reflects well on both KSU’s club student-athletes and their volunteer coaches who hold fast to the ideals of rugged play combined with the utmost in sportsmanship exemplified in the national intercollegiate lacrosse program.”

The award is given annually to a deserving school by the US Lacrosse College Officials Council District Officials. Winners are selected in each district and judged on the level of sportsmanship exhibited by the players, coaches, fans and administrators.

“Everyone on campus is proud of the three dozen players and coaches on KSU’s Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team for all they have accomplished in the past few years,” said Laura St. Onge, collegiate club sports director. She stated, “With more than 20 club sports, ranging from fencing to competitive cheer, from women’s lacrosse to ice hockey, KSU offers something to interest every student.”

Coaches and captains of the 2010 KSU Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team were as follows:

  • Ken Byers, head coach
  • Mark Stopher, assistant coach
  • Kevin Yelken, assistant coach
  • Charles Roland, team president, co-captain and midfielder
  • Noah Rosenblum, team co-captain and goalie

The award is named in honor of former Army and University of Virginia Head Coach James “Ace” Adams. Adams, a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member, and his teams were known for displaying exceptional character on and off the field.



Photo Caption –

Pictured from left to right: Ken Byers,KSU Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team Head Coach and Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame member; Eric Rudolph, District Governor for the Men’s Division Officials Council of US Lacrosse for District 5(which includes Georgia) and Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame member; KSU Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team members Casey Newton, Tom Mudrak and Scott Schulze.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit