A group of lacrosse players took the field during a tournament on Saturday to honor a local hero who laid down his life for our freedom.
The team, whose mascot is a goat, is named in honor of Larry "The Goat" Philippon, a Conard High School graduate who first displayed his courage on the lacrosse field, but later showed it time and time again on the battlefield as a United States Marine.
Most lacrosse players hit the field for fun and competition, but the members of Team Goat play for their friend.
"We are carrying on his legacy that we don't want him to be forgotten and we play this game now that's here for the family that he's never forgotten," said Ryan Shea, a member of Team Goat.
Marine Lance Corporal Larry Philippon died serving our country in 2005. Now every year his friends and former teammates at Conard High School play in his honor during the Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament.
"To see them out here on the field it's just Larry's spirit is here running with them and it's just the best feeling," said Leesa Philippon, Larry's mom.
Philippon's parents said the tournament has helped them heal and their son, who was always the life of the party, would be proud. His family hopes others are inspired to honor everyone who made the same sacrifice as Philippon did.
"Right now there is a marine flying back to Bradley that gave his life for his country and although we do honor them and know freedom isn't free, I wanted to remind them of that," said Ray Philippon, Larry's father.
The team also uses the event as a way to raise money for Operation Smile because they said Larry had a million dollar smile.
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