During the improbable playoff run of the girls lacrosse team at Messalonskee High School this spring, the players have found many ways to honor their former teammate, Cassidy Charette. They wear a patch with Cassidy’s initials. No one wears number 4. Instead, they keep Cassidy’s jersey on the sidelines and take it with them on every road game.
Cassidy, 17, died in a hayride crash last fall. She was riding on a wagon that went out of control and flipped at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls. Cassidy was an honor student, a gifted athlete and beloved friend. Berman & Simmons represents her family.
Here’s an excerpt from the excellent article written on June 19 by Evan Crawley of the Kennebec Journal. Click here to read the whole article.
OAKLAND — Before each game this season, Messalonskee High School girls lacrosse coach Ashley Pullen wrote three points of emphasis for her team on a dry-erase board.
The specifics of the first two fluctuate from game to game, but each generally is related to either the team’s offense or defense.
The third always remains the same: “Play like it’s your last.”
It is a lesson the Eagles came to know all too well this offseason. Last October their teammate Cassidy Charette was killed in a hayride accident in Mechanic Falls. Pullen and members of the team said they have continued to keep Charette in their minds and have found ways to honor her both on and off the field.