Over at Townhall.com, Mary Katharine Ham has a profile of a Duke lacrosse player you probably haven’t heard of.

“On February 9, 2006, Army Ranger Jimmy Regan died in northern Iraq when the vehicle he was riding in hit a roadside bomb. He was 26 years old.

“Four years earlier, before four tours in the war on terror– two in Afghanistan and two in Iraq — Regan had scored four goals in the 2002 ACC Championship lacrosse game to lead Duke to the crown.

“With a highly regarded Duke undergrad degree in economics, a scholarship offer to Southern Methodist University law school, and a job offer on the table with USB financial firm upon graduation, Regan decided to join the Army out of college. He even bypassed Officer Candidates School, for which he was eligible, because it would ‘slow down my ability to become a Ranger,’ he told a friend.

“Former teammate and current Duke lacrosse assistant coach Kevin Cassese remembered Jimmy as, ‘the ultimate Duke lacrosse man – a man of tremendous loyalty, character, and fortitude,’ whose decision to join the Army seemed natural to anyone who had seen him lead on the field. ‘Jimmy was a leader in every sense of the word, and the pride and honor of fighting for our country was something that meant a lot to him,’ Cassese said in an e-mail interview.”

Read Ham’s full article here.

The Chicago Sun-Times has a profile here.

Inkwell contributor Candace de Russy weighs in here.