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.