Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/1/09
This will be the second straight year that Radnor will serve as the host site for North Carolina’s final Ball Fall game. Last year UNC met defending national champion Northwestern in a Fall Ball game at Radnor.
The Syracuse-UNC game will bring two recent Phillylacrosse.com Players of the Year back home for local fans to see.
Radnor graduate Beth Ellis, who earned the honor along with teammate Kelly Barnes in 2008, is a defender for the Tar Heels. Meanwhile, the 2009 Phillylacrosse.com Player of the Year, Strath Haven’s Emily Garrity, is a freshman midfielder for the Heels.
Ellis, who led Radnor to a 23-0 season in 2008, played in two games last year for North Carolina. Garrity collected 114 goals and 124 assists in 2009, giving her career numbers of 406 goals and 289 assists for 695 points.
Garrity’s final numbers have etched her name in the National Federation of State High School Associations record book. This year she became the all-time leader in points and assists while becoming the third high school girl to score over 400 goals.
The game also will be a homecomng for Syracuse senior attack Jackie DePetris, an Archbishop Carroll grad who hails from Radnor. DePetris had five goals and five assists in 18 games in 2009. Also on the Syracuse roster is sophomore defender Heather Wentz,a Unionville grad who played in six games
Overall, Syracuse will compete in three tournaments during the fall eason. The Orange is in action for the first on Sunday, Sept. 27 when it hosts six Central New York teams.
Syracuse welcomes Binghamton, Buffalo, Canisius, Colgate, Cortland and LeMoyne to its fall tournament before traveling to Ithaca for the Cornell Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 3. Syracuse competes at the Princeton Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 17, where it will face 2009 semifinalist Pennsylvania, Princeton, a quarterfinalist last season, and North Carolina.
The Orange finished the 2009 campaign with a 14-5 record and tied for the Big East regular-season title. Syracuse earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where it advanced to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year.