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almost feel you’re in the car with those guys. I always thought he was great. Through a friend in L.A. that knew him, I got him the script.


And then I was able to get it to


Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), and he liked it. My investors didn’t necessarily know these guys as well as I know them, but “Mad Men” is one of the biggest shows in the world. Later we got Richard Schiff (“West Wing”), who is an Emmy winner, to play Geoffrey’s dad, and Ann O’Toole (“Smallville”), who I’ve always been a fan of, to play his mom. We raised enough money, less than what most movies are made for, but still a couple hundred grand. That came from family, friends, a lot of my college teammates. A lot of those guys have gone into fi nance and done well for themselves. They were really helpful and supportive, and I could not have done it without them.


How would you explain the movie? It’s a story focused on two friends in their 20s growing up and apart over the course of a summer on Long Island. One is more of a thinker. One is more of a doer. They have to learn from each other, how to become whole people.


How did your lacrosse experience fi gure into this process? Artistic pursuits are similar to athletics. It’s basically expressing yourself physically as opposed to with your voice or writing down words. Lacrosse was a good outlet to express myself for maybe 10 years and be rewarded for it by having opportunities to go to a good school, and people appreciated that I was good at it. When that disappeared, I felt a little stifl ed. This movie is about that emotion. What’s my next step?


— Corey McLaughlin


Boltus deploys to Afghanistan Former Army star and Major League Lacrosse


Rookie of the Year attackman Jeremy Boltus deployed to Afghanistan on Feb. 28 with the U.S. Army for an expected nine-month term. Boltus, a 2011 Tewaaraton Award fi nalist, is a


platoon leader in the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Collins, Colo. They deployed to the Kandahar District in the central part of Afghanistan, and Boltus, a fi rst lieutenant, is in charge of a group of 25 that are tasked with occupying a M777 howitzer fi ring point. “I am really humbled and blessed about everyone who has reached out before


I deploy,” Boltus told LM before leaving. “You really don’t understand the lacrosse community until you have spent many years being connected to it from college and into the MLL. People I haven’t met have reached out and extended their support.”


BYNER SISTERS’ ‘MEAN STREAK’ Add Brandi and Kyara Byner to the list of college lacrosse players with


famous fathers. Brandi (pictured), a Vanderbilt senior defender and Kyara, a redshirt freshman defender at Cincinnati, are the daughters of Earnest Byner, the 14-year NFL pro and Super Bowl champion running back with the Washington Redskins. “I see the mean streak in them,” he told Commodore Nation. Brandi Byner tied for the team lead in caused turnovers last season and coach Cathy Swezey considers her one of the toughest defenders in the ALC.


Bates visits Ghana, honors late wife Princeton men’s coach Chris Bates spent 10 days in Ghana in January, helping to build a medical facility — The Ann Bates Memorial Medical Building — in honor of his late wife, Ann, who died of cancer in November 2011 at age 43. A pastor from the Bates’ church outside Philadelphia initiated the idea of creating a foundation in her memory and 11 people from “Ann’s Love Builds,” including Bates’ 12-year-old-son Nick, and doctors and nurses, made the trip to Africa. Ann Bates was a pediatrician. Chris Bates told The Times of Trenton (N.J.) that he and his son will return. “This was a long-term project; not just one year and then be out of there,” he said.


LACROSSE, MIXED WITH DODGEBALL It’s typical: usually lacrosse is described as a sport like soccer mixed with basketball and/or hockey. Rarely do you hear lacrosse being used to describe another “sport,” but have you heard of VX? Yes, a two-letter game that evidently was founded in 2006 in Britain, according to the Harrogate Advertiser. It’s a game played with a stick that has a cradle at either end. Boys and girls compete on an equal footing. And there’s a simple scoring system to score points by launching balls at your opposition below the head. The “V” relates to the starting position shape of the balls, while the “X” represents the 10 players involved.


Lacrosse at the Winter Olympics There were a couple lacrosse connections at the Winter Olympics in Sochi


Geoffrey Arend (“Super Troopers”) plays the main character in Sean Hartofilis’ first feature film.


A Publication of US Lacrosse


in February. Emery Lehman, a 17-year-old speed skater from Oak Park (Ill.) outside of Chicago, where he plays midfi eld on his high school lacrosse team, was the youngest male U.S. Olympian in Sochi. He fi nished 16th in the 5,000-meter race, the best time among three Americans in the event, and fi nished 10th in the 10,000-meters, setting a personal best time. “He’s the future of distance skating in the United States,” Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen told the Chicago Tribune. Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. women’s hockey team that took silver, played college lacrosse at New Hampshire, winning an NCAA Division I title in 1985. Former Cornell midfi elder Chris Langton was an alternate for the U.S. bobsled team. His older brother, Steve, won a pair of bronze medals in the two- and four-man bobsled competitions.


April 2014 >> LACROSSE MAGAZINE 31


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