Bill Rafuse
Bill Rafuse

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.