4/21/2004 - Men's Lacrosse
Lewis-Based Story, The Spirit in the Stick, To Be Sold at Navy-Hopkins Lax Game
ANNAPOLIS, Md. Class of 84 Naval Academy graduate and lacrosse team captain Neil Duffy will debut his book The Spirit in the Stick at Saturday's SpringFest in Annapolis, featuring top-ranked Johns Hopkins against No. 2 Navy.
The novel is an historical fiction/fantasy based upon the careers of Navy lacrosse great Jimmy Lewis (Class of 66) and brothers Doug and Jack Turnbull of Johns Hopkins of the 20s and 30's. The book traces the history of an ancient Native American lacrosse stick as it is passed down through several generations, dating back to the 18th Century. the most recent recipient, a young boy named Robbie Jones, receives the stick from Lewis and quickly becomes aware of the stick's special powers.
The book has received strong endorsements from the likes of Bob Scott, the Hall of Fame coach from Johns Hopkins who provided the introduction, as well as Navy head coach Richie Meade, Jack Emmer of Army, Virginia's Dom Starsia, Jeff Long of Ithaca and The Gilman School's David Allan.
In his introduction, Scott says, This story is a major contribution to the great game of lacrosse. Indeed, it transcends the game. The rich historical and spiritual roots of its main characters provide stories which will touch every reader, regardless of age, gender or association with the game of lacrosse.
Neil Duffy is currently a teacher and coach at Norfolk (Va.) Academy. He will be available before, during and after the Navy-Johns Hopkins lacrosse game to sign copies of the book. The Spirit in the Stick will retail for $14.95, but will be sold at SpringFest for $10. Discounts are available for orders over 20 copies. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Bilderback-Moore Fund to benefit Navy lacrosse.