By John Boccacino
CANANDAIGUA — The Finger Lakes Community College athletics department is hosting the Shelly Stein Memorial Youth Lacrosse Festival —this Saturday and Sunday— to honor the life of Shelly Stein, the wife of longtime men's lacrosse coach Dave Stein.
Shelly Stein, Dave's wife of 16 years, battled a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma for more than a year before succumbing to cancer on April 12.
Stein's colleagues in the college's athletics department are joining forces with area youth lacrosse organizations for this event, which occurs at the main campus athletic fields.
The lacrosse festival, which debuted last year, will raise money for Adding Candles for a Cure, a Rochester-based volunteer organization that strives to help brain cancer patients and their families in their fight against brain cancer.
For more information on Adding Candles for a Cure, an organization that Shelly was closely associated with during her bout with brain cancer, visit www.addingcandles.com.
The boys festival kicks off on June 3, while the girls festival will be held on June 4. There will be teams of area youth lacrosse organizations ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade.
FLCC athletics staff and community volunteers will coordinate and work at the two-day event. Games will begin at 8 a.m. and continue into the late afternoon.
Food and refreshments will be available and tournament T-shirts will be sold. Donation jars will be set up at the event, and raffle tickets will also be sold.
Shelly Stein was heavily involved as a cheerleading coach and director in Honeoye Falls-Lima for 12 years and helped raise three daughters: Hannah, 23, Paige, 15, and MacKenzie, 20, who recently graduated from FLCC.
Dave Stein, in his 14th season as the Lakers coach, was named the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) Coach of the Year, and he and his assistant coach, Hector Alejandro, were honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as the Region III Coaching Staff of the Year.
Stein played as midfielder on Michigan State University's men's lacrosse team. During his playing career he was named to the Big 10 All-Conference team in 1988, and team captain in 1989.
He has served as the FLCC Lakers head coach since 2004, and his most successful season was in 2015, when the Lakers finished 13-4 after making a Region III quarterfinals appearance, and 2016, when FLCC made the program's first trip to the regional semifinals.