2013 ron crosatoRon began as an Intermediate and Junior lacrosse referee in 1976.

Over the next 30 plus years, Crosato officiated in eleven Mann Cup and eight Minto Cup series; as one of two referees selected for the lacrosse demonstration at the 1978 Commonwealth Games; and officiated in the final game at the Nations ’80 World Box Lacrosse championships.

Crosato’s refereeing was not restricted to the Western Lacrosse Association. He spent 15 to 20 nights a month every season officiating Senior, Junior and Intermediate Box Lacrosse games in addition to Under 17, Under 19, and Senior Men’s Field Lacrosse.

In 1995, Ron packed away his whistle to watch his son Brent compete with the powerful Burnaby Lakers Junior club from 1995 to 1999. He took over the chores of team manager and equipment manager. Near the end of his career, Crosato was hired by the professional National Lacrosse League (2001-10) as an on-floor official.

This five-time Jimmy Gunn Award winner, as top Senior Lacrosse Referee, also served as Referee in Chief, Referee Allocator, Clinician and Senior Referee Evaluator. No other WLA referee has handled as many games – 408 league, 146 playoff and 26 Mann Cup contests for an incredible 580 games at the Senior ‘A’ level.

Crosato is also a member of the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame and St. Thomas More Collegiate Sports Hall of Fame (2007).

Ron Crosato (supplemental)