The Holmdel Hornets topped Middletown North 7-2 on Friday night, but the game itself took a backseat to honor the home team’s fallen leader.  Jack Dowd passed away suddenly on September 17 while playing club lacrosse.  The junior collapsed and died due to arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, an undiagnosed congenital heart condition.  ARVD is a genetic heart condition that effects 1 in 5000 teens and young adults according to the American Heart Association.  With a strong showing from the Holmdel Hornets community, an emotional balloon release by the players on both sides and family and friends paid tribute to #9.  And it was only fitting that Holmdel won the game with just nine players to start the game.  With 9 total points (7 goals, 2 assists) and the combined score of 7-2, the number nine fittingly was the theme of the night.  JSZ’s Jay Cook tells the story of how the Hornets lacrosse team and the entire community is still grieving, but are honoring Jack Dowd by sharing his love for lacrosse:

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