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Award-winning attackman joins AU men’s lacrosse roster

ALFRED, NY — Justin Gill (Gowanda, NY/Gowanda), an award-winning high school attackman, has joined the Alfred University men’s lacrosse team.

In 2006 Gill became the first boys’ recipient of the annual Outstanding Native High School Lacrosse Players Award. Given by the Tewaaraton Award Foundation, the honor recognizes excellence among Native American high school lacrosse players nationwide and is given each year to a male and female high school player. Award-winners display excellence both on and off the field, and embody the Native American tradition of the sport, through courage, leadership and overall ability.

Gill was selected for the award by a committee, which evaluated coaches’ recommendations and a personal statement submitted by player candidates explaining what lacrosse means to them. Additionally, the nominees had to prove tribal heritage and be in good academic standing at a secondary school.

Gill enters AU as a junior and will major in business. He is a member of the Oglala Sioux and Seneca Nation. While at Gowanda High School, he was a three-year starter (twice serving as captain) and was a three-time Western New York all-star. After graduation from high school, he played two seasons at attack for Herkimer (NY) Community College, earning Academic All-American honors as a freshman in 2007.