At the conclusion of the 2006 season, the Corona del Mar Lacrosse Boosters and its Board of Directors created an award to be given to the CDM player with the most love, dedication and respect for the game of lacrosse.
The Gratzinger Award & Scholarship continues to be presented annually to the boys and girls lacrosse player who best embodies these traits along with the spark, spirit and character to help continue to develop the CDM lacrosse program on campus and within the local community. Its recipient should also intend to further his or her education in college, trade school, or the military. The award is given regardless of the player’s lacrosse ability. The award includes a scholarship to be applied to the recipient’s post high school academic pursuits.
The inaugural trophy was awarded to Michael Gratzinger and Kelly McElroy for their efforts in founding and promoting the boys and girls lacrosse programs. Although intended to be awarded upon the completion of studies at CDM, underclassmen are also eligible, in which case, if so selected, the Board will hold the scholarship funds and award them upon the honoree’s graduation.
The Gratzinger Award is voted upon by the players and is the only individual or team award presented at the conclusion of the CDM Lacrosse Season.
Past Gratzinger Award Recipients
Lucas Newton Class of 2022 Attack Villanova University
Evan Stein Class of 2020 Defense Brown University
Kyle Cord Class of 2019 Goalie Westminster University
Eric Fries Class of 2018 Attack Trinity College
Sachin Gokhale Class of 2017 Attack Cal Poly SLO
Jordan Greenhall Class of 2016 Midfield Chapman University
Hugh Crance Class of 2015 Defense Notre Dame
Hoyt Crance Class of 2015 Goalie Yale University
Casey Mix Class of 2013 Attack UC, Santa Barbara
Hunter Molnar Class of 2012 Attack University of Colorado
Michael Ortlieb Class of 2012 Goalie College of the Holy Cross
John Prickett Class of 2011 Defense University of Michigan
Ryan Mix Class of 2010 Attack Notre Dame
Andrew Noto Class of 2009 Goalie UC, Santa Barbara
Nick Flicker Class of 2008 Attack Lehigh University
Matt Hardke Class of 2007 Attack Lehigh University
Michael Gratzinger Class of 2006 Midfield University of Michigan