Bill Rafuse
Bill Rafuse

Bill Rafuse was one of the first great lacrosse players and one of the finest midfielders to ever play for Boston State College, while helping to establish the program as a regional and national power. Rafuse also played on the Warriors' first varsity football team, where he played three varsity seasons at both flanker and halfback and was a two-year co-captain. The 1974 Boston State graduate was an All-New England selection as a junior and senior and helped the 1972 squad to an 11-2 record and its first United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournament berth. Rafuse was an integral part of the previous year's team's 12-1 season as a sophomore and was a co-captain for the first of three straight seasons as well as a Colonial League All-Star for the first of three campaigns. The middie also helped BSC lacrosse enjoy a 17-game winning streak that spanned the 1971 and 1972 seasons. He capped his impressive career by leading the Warriors with a career-high 37 points on 21 goals and 16 assists. Following his graduation he remained with the Warriors' lacrosse program as an assistant coach from 1974-76 and later joined the Merrimack College lacrosse coaching staff, where he roamed the sidelines from 1977-82. Rafuse remained a constant figure in area lacrosse circles, founding and coaching the Lynn English High School program as well as the Lynn Youth Lacrosse program.