Bill Rafuse was one of the first great lacrosse players and oneof the finest midfielders to ever play for Boston State College,while helping to establish the program as a regional and nationalpower. Rafuse also played on the Warriors' first varsity footballteam, where he played three varsity seasons at both flanker andhalfback and was a two-year co-captain. The 1974 Boston Stategraduate was an All-New England selection as a junior and seniorand helped the 1972 squad to an 11-2 record and its first UnitedStates Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournamentberth. Rafuse was an integral part of the previous year's team's12-1 season as a sophomore and was a co-captain for the first ofthree straight seasons as well as a Colonial League All-Star forthe first of three campaigns. The middie also helped BSC lacrosseenjoy a 17-game winning streak that spanned the 1971 and 1972seasons. He capped his impressive career by leading the Warriorswith a career-high 37 points on 21 goals and 16 assists. Followinghis graduation he remained with the Warriors' lacrosse program asan assistant coach from 1974-76 and later joined the MerrimackCollege lacrosse coaching staff, where he roamed the sidelines from1977-82. Rafuse remained a constant figure in area lacrossecircles, founding and coaching the Lynn English High School programas well as the Lynn Youth Lacrosse program.