Carthage boys lacrosse coach Kirk Ventiquattro will be inducted with six other people into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame's Upstate Chapter this weekend in Syracuse.
Ventiquattro, whose Comets teams have won 13 Frontier League titles, five Section 3 titles and appeared in two state championship games, is slated to be honored at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Empire Room at the State Fairgrounds.
Ventiquattro said that he was taken aback by the honor.
"I immediately contacted my kids and my wife and they were the first I told," Ventiquattro said Thursday. " They were excited. I'm still thinking, “geez, I'm not old enough. I haven't done enough.”
Ventiquattro has coached more than 30 players who ended up competing in NCAA Division I lacrosse, including the famed Powell brothers, Casey, Ryan and Mike Powell. More than 100 players who played for Carthage under Ventiquattro have competed at the college level.
"I'm still searching for how and why," he said. "I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully give other kids opportunites. Nothing's going to change for me."
Other inductees are Steve Beville, the men's lacrosse coach at SUNY Cortland; Sue McVaugh, a longtime women's lacrosse official; Matt Palumb, a former All-America goalie for Jamesville-DeWitt and Syracuse; Paul Rose, a former college lacrosse coach; Kathy Taylor, women's lacrosse coach at Cortland; and Joe Taylor, a former Cornell player and Director of Lacrosse Operations for Nike.
This is the Upstate New York Chapter's 13th Hall of Fame Induction class.
For more details, see Saturday's Times.