For the Love of the Game
Murph Bamrick’s passion for lacrosse puts Ramsey program into play
It is not easy starting a lacrosse program from scratch, or any sports program for that matter. It takes time, desire, dedication, sacrifice, commitment, perseverance, coaching ability, a volunteering spirit, and most of all a passion for and knowledge of the sport.
If anyone possesses all those attributes, it’s Murph Bamrick, the president of the Ramsey junior youth lacrosse association.
Bamrick helped create one of the first lacrosse programs in Bergen County when he was in high school and the sport was in its infancy, and his second lacrosse startup is beginning to develop the way his previous one did more than 25 years ago.
All it took was a lot of work, a lot of help and a little luck.
In 2009, five years after moving into town with his wife, Bamrick, 42, started the Ramsey Youth Lacrosse Program along with Dan Polizzotti and more than a dozen other volunteers. Together they built the program into one of the best in the area and will see that hard work pay off this spring when Ramsey High School fields boys’ and girls’ freshman lacrosse teams for the first time.
“It means the absolute world to me and Dan and all the people who put all the time and effort in to build this organization to see the kids playing in high school,” Bamrick says. “That first game is going to be really exciting. I may get teary-eyed, I’ll be so happy for them.”
That’s not hyperbole. It’s a feeling based on experience.
Bamrick, who grew up in Woodcliff Lake, fell in love with lacrosse playing winter and summer ball in Ridgewood, where he was taught by legendary Maroons coach Steve Jacobson. There were only a few varsity lacrosse programs in Bergen County when Bamrick enrolled at St. Joseph’s of Montvale in the fall of 1985, and the Green Knights were not among them.
Undeterred, Bamrick, along with his friend Rich Robinson, asked the school if he could start a club program there as a sophomore. St. Joe’s granted them permission and by Bamrick’s junior year the