Remembering Eamon McEneaney, A Cornell Lacrosse Great With A Heart of Gold Who Died In 9/11
Editor’s Note: This is an article we originally published back in 2011 for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by an author who wrote for us under the alias LacesOutDan. We thought we’d republish his excellent remembrance of a Cornell lacrosse great who was lost on this awful day 16 years ago.
Within the lacrosse world, you may have heard of Eamon McEneaney. A three-time All-American at Cornell and cornerstone of a team that won two straight national championships in 1976 and ’77, McEneaney was one of the greatest attackman to play the game. He was known for his speed, skill and relentless competitiveness despite his slight 160-pound frame. Tragically, McEneaney, a vice president for Cantor Fitzgerald, died on September 11, 2001, along with 3,000 other innocent people. In the 10 years that have passed since then, many people have learned the story that I know of Eamon; beyond the intense, competitive lacrosse star is one of the most caring, friendly, and full-of-life human beings I ever knew.
I was fortunate enough to have spent time around Eamon McEneaney as a young kid. My father was a good friend and teammate of his two Cornell National Championship teams. I met Eamon many times over the years at reunions or Cornell lacrosse games and right away, I could notice his infectious smile and energy. But since his passing, I feel I have got to know Eamon better from all the stories my dad and his friends tell. Anytime they reminisce about their golden years of college, it always seems to come back to Eamon, the one who could always make them laugh and would always be there for them.