Souderton Lacrosse Communities Celebrate Life of Mark Cornes | Sports
The Souderton and local lacrosse communities will come together this week to celebrate the life of Mark Cornes.
Cornes, the varisty boys’ lacrosse coach at Souderton Area High School and local youth programs coach, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday May 22. Cornes, 46, was a member of the business development team at OpenSource Technologies’ Philadelphia office in Lansdale. but spent a lot of time coaching lacrosse and his family.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday, June 2 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Souderton Stadium.
Mark is survived by his wife, Molly, and their children Hannah and Logan, his mother Barbara, his brother, Commander Brandon Cornes of the US Navy, his wife Crystin and their son Callen. In addition, his in-laws Barry and Debbie Buzdygon, Christopher and Megan Case, and his two nephews Ethan and Eliott Case survive him.
Cornes grew up in Baltimore, attending Gilman School where he won the Baltimore Sun Lacrosse Player of the Year honors in 1994. He attended the University of Delaware for two years before moving to UMBC, where he would meet his future wife.
In two seasons with the Retrievers, he scored 13 goals, added eight assists and collected 50 rushing balls, and helped UMBC make his first two trips to the NCAA tournament. The 1999 team achieved a national No. 8 ranking. Cornes graduated in 1999 with a degree in psychology.
Cornes eventually found his way to the AP and quickly took root in the local lacrosse community. His first coaching ties with the region came with the Souderton Area Boys Lacrosse Association in 2017 and he would also coach with the Olde English, MESA Red and Dukes Club teams.
After two years at club level, Cornes became a junior varsity coach at Souderton for the 2019 season. He became the university’s head coach in 2020, but due to the season being canceled he was unable to. lead his team in the field only this season.
Souderton was 12-7 and qualified for the District 1 3A playoffs this spring. A young team without much college experience, the Indians stuck together and finished the season strong while embodying their coach’s strong passion for the sport. The players thanked Cornes and his assistant coaches for their preparation and scouting reports, as well as the drive he has put into their improvement as a team.
Logan was a frequent presence on the sideline in Souderton’s college games this spring and was alongside his father in the Indians’ emotional victory over Lansdale Catholic.
Friends, players, coaches and relatives are invited to attend the ceremony. Participants are also invited to share stories or memories of Mark from the podium and press box, or have them read if they prefer this option.
Mark’s family will welcome participants one hour before and after the ceremony. Former players are also encouraged to bring a stick and pass or shoot on the field during this time to honor Mark’s passion for lacrosse.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mark Cornes Memorial Fund which has been set up for Hannah and Logan at: TD Bank, 325 Main Street, Harleysville, PA 19438.
In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be moved inside the high school gymnasium. Participants will need to wear a face mask if it is moved indoors.