Best of Lax 2022: Vote for the Fountain of Youth Award


From left to right: Jerry Ragonese (Chaos); Dana Dobbie (Canada); Brodie Merrill (Cannons and Seals); Laura Warren (Wales)

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Some athletes age like a fine wine.

Four athletes this year defied the laws of time unlike the rest — proving age is but a number.

Here are the nominees for the Fountain of Youth Award.


For the veteran player who defied the laws of time.


Eleven years after making his pro lacrosse debut with the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse, Chaos LC faceoff specialist Jerry Ragonese, 36, scored his first career goal on July 1. He beat Stephen Kelly to the left of the faceoff stripe, getting an opportunity to run largely untouched deep into the Cannons’ zone. Just as he was about to take a stick check from behind, Ragonese took a shot while diving forward that went up top past Nick Marrocco. As Ragonese got off the ground, he walked away using his stick as a cane in reference to being the oldest player on the field. “Sometimes the bumper falls off on a racecar,” Ragonese joked after getting taped up on the sideline. “A little spit and glue and I’ll be right back out there.


Dobbie, 38, made a statement in the first game of the World Lacrosse Women’s Championship. She scored arguably the tournament’s best goal on day one and continued to lead Canada to a silver medal. She continued her hot summer by competing in The World Games, winning a gold medal in Sixes.


Merrill is 41 and still among the game’s top outdoor players. The man who already has a PLL award named after him could feasibly vie for it himself as a leader of the Cannons. This past summer, in his 200th game played, Merrill tied faceoff specialist Greg Gurenlian as the career leader in ground balls with 1,120. In the NLL for the San Diego Seals, Merrill he had 134 loose balls and 10 points.


This summer, Warren, 40, made her sixth world championship appearance for Wales. In seven games, Warren contributed two goals, five assists and eight ground balls for Wales, which went 5-2 in the tournament.


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