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Former Garden City (NY) lacrosse standout Eddie Blatz, a junior on the Georgetown University men’s lacrosse team, died Sunday morning of an unspecified cause of death, the university said in a statement. The university labeled his death “unexpected.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blatz family and our players and Eddie’s friends as we begin to go through the grieving process,” Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Warne said. “Eddie was a great young man who was well-respected and well-liked by his teammates and the Georgetown lacrosse family. He was a very bright student and a talented player and words cannot express the loss we are feeling right now.”
A defenseman who appeared in 25 games and started 19 during his career, Blatz Jr. was enrolled in the McDonough School of Business and was a management major.
A 2013 Garden City graduate, Blatz also played football and basketball.
“Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go to Eddie’s family as together we mourn his sudden passing,” Georgetown Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. “This is a tragic loss not only for our Georgetown athletics family but for our entire university. He will be greatly missed by his teammates and coaches and friends on campus. The University community will provide campus resources to our student-athletes and coaches during this difficult time.”
Georgetown fell to Virginia 9-8 on Saturday night in a home contest. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound Blatz started the game.
Blatz is survived by his parents Anne Marie and Ed Blatz Sr., and two older sisters, Elizabeth and Jessica.
Memorial service arrangements have not been finalized.
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