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Biggest field yet will highlight 10th Annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival

Thursday, 3rd December 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, Girl's/Women's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 12/3/09

    The 10th The Annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival will field a record amount of teams in 2010, it has been announced.

    Twenty-eight girls’ team and 26 boys’ teams, featuring many of the top lacrosse squads from the Philadelphia region and beyond, will compete in an event known as the largest one-day scholastic festival in the country.

    The festival, set for Saturday, April 24 at Radnor High, raises money for spinal cord research and development. It is named after Katie Samson, a former Radnor High great who suffered a severe spinal injury in a sledding accident in 2000 while a student-athlete at Middlebury College.

    Peter Samson, Katie’s father and the founder of the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival, released the slate of games today. It features many matchups of teams that finished high in the rankings in Pennsylvania and at the national level last year.

    For the boys, there are numerous marquee matchups. One features 2009 District 1 champion and state finalist Conestoga vs. Inter-Ac league co-champion Malvern Prep. The other Inter-Ac co-champion, Haverford School, will play defending District 11 champion and state quarterfinalist Emmaus.

    La Salle, the two-time defending state champion, will meet 2009 state qualifier Lower Merion. Both La Salle (8th) and Conestoga (19th) finished among the top 20 teams in the final Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national rankings last year.

    Meanwhile, state semifinalist Springfield-Delco will meet St. Joseph’s Prep, which went 16-2 and was ranked third in the final PA Media Rankings. Other intriguing matchups include District 1 finalist Downingtown East vs. Suburban One National Conference champion Abington; Inter-Ac power Episcopal Academy and New Jersey prep power Lawrenceville School; and Connecticut prep power Brunswick School vs. Inter-Ac member Penn Charter.

    For the girls, top matchups include defending District 1 champion Springfield-Delco vs. defending Inter-Ac winner Episcopal Academy; state finalist Strath Haven vs. Athletic Association of Catholic Academies (AACA) champion Merion Mercy; defending state champion Radnor vs. AACA power Villa Maria Academy; and state qualifier Bayard Rustin vs. Inter-Ac power Baldwin School. Radnor was ranked 14th in the nation by Lacrosse Magazine last year. 

    Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for the event should contact Clare Girton at 610-293-9984 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              610-293-9984      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

To learn more about the Katie Samson Foundation, click here.

Boys’ Field

(Game times, fields TBA)

Conestoga vs. Malvern Prep

Emmaus vs. Haverford School

Radnor vs. Germantown Academy

Abington vs. Downingtown East

Lower Merion vs. La Salle College High

Springfield-Delco vs. St. Joseph’s Prep

Shipley School vs. Archbishop Carroll

Brunswick School (CT) vs. Penn Charter

Lawrenceville School (NJ) vs. Episcopal Academy

Hatboro-Horsham vs. Archbishop Wood

Unionville vs. Tatnall School (DE)

Strath Haven vs. Downingtown West

Haverford High vs. Bishop Shanahan

Girls’ Field 

(Game times, fields TBA)

Abington vs. Agnes Irwin School

Bayard Rustin vs. Baldwin School

Conestoga vs. Archbishop Carroll

Great Valley vs. Friends’ Central School

Harriton vs. Penn Charter

WC Henderson vs. Germantown Friends

Radnor vs. Villa Maria Academy

Ridley vs. Germantown Academy

Springfield-Delco vs. Episcopal Academy

Strath Haven vs. Merion Mercy Academy

Upper Dublin vs. Springside School

Unionville vs. Notre Dame Academy

Penncrest vs. Shipley School

Methacton vs. Bishop Shanahan


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