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Lacrosse world mourns passing of Cornell, St. Mary’s great Schimoler

Tuesday, 19th February 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/19/13
From Press Release

Memorial services will be held for Paul Schimoler, 37, former Cornell and St. Mary’s great, on Saturday at 1 p.m., at the chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on the campus of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. There will be an additional memorial service in Long Island, N.Y., at a future date.

Mr. Schimoler, Class of 1989 at Cornell, one of the greatest collegiate goalies to play the game, passed away on Friday evening after a brief battle with cancer.

The first four-time All-American in the history of the Big Red men’s lacrosse program, he led Cornell to a pair of national runner-up finishes in 1987 and 1988.

“‘Coach Schmoles’ was one of my first introductions to Cornell Lacrosse as a high school player, and was a tremendous role model for me as a competitor, as a young man and as an alumnus coming up through the college coaching ranks,” says Ben DeLuca, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Cornell Lacrosse. “Paul’s passion for Cornell University and Cornell Lacrosse, his selflessness and intense competitive nature and his unconditional love for his family, his teammates and his friends is truly legendary.”

In addition to being a four-time All-America lacrosse goaltender, he was also a four-time All-Ivy selection, including first-team honors in 1987 and 1989. He was named Ivy League Player of the Year in 1989 and was the Ivy Rookie of the Year in 1986. At the time of his graduation, he held both the Cornell and NCAA record with 787 career saves. He set nearly every goalie record at Cornell, including saves in a game (34 vs. Syracuse in 1987), season (241 in 1988) and career (787). Schimoler also set the NCAA tournament record for saves (85) in 1988, a mark that still stands.

Following graduation from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, he was a member of the Team USA lacrosse squad that won the 1990 and 1994 International Lacrosse Federation World Championship. He also served as an assistant coach at Cornell from 1991-94.

A member of both the Cornell Athletic, and Long Island Lacrosse Halls of Fame, Mr. Schimoler coached at St. Michael’s College in Vermont for eight seasons (2004-11). During his time at the helm, Schimoler not only put together the longest head coaching tenure in the program’s 30-year history, but posted a school-record 61 wins. His squads reached the Northeast-10 Conference Championship six times, advancing as far as the semifinals on four occasions.

Recently, Mr. Schimoler returned to his Ivy League roots as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College, where he would have been in his second season with the Big Green.

Paul is survived by his wife Lynn Ellen; their son Jack; daughter Serena; sister Ellen Kelly (NJ), Steve Schimoler (OH); sister Laura Reed (KY); sister Mary Lou Cass (CO), and many nieces and nephews. Paul was pre-deceased by his parents; Doc and Bea, and his brother John.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “Paul Schimoler Fund,” towards an educational fund for the children to: Branch Manager, TD Banknorth, 100 Center Road, Essex, VT 05452.


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