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Updated schedules, times released for 10th annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival

Tuesday, 15th December 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 12/15/09

Directors of the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival have released an updated schedule and list of game times for the 10th annual event scheduled for April 24, 2010, at Radnor High.

The festival 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 times of games and noted two girls’ changes from a schedule released two weeks ago. Abington will play Germantown Friends and Agnes Irwin will meet Henderson.

This year’s field features the largest number of teams ever – as 28 girls’ squads and 26 boys’ team will compete in the biggest one-day scholastic tournament of the year. Overall, the schedule 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.

A newcomer to the Festival is Unionville, a team that reached the state semifinals last year and won the Ches-Mont League. The Indians will meet Inter-Ac power Notre Dame.

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



9:30 a.m.

Hatboro-Horsham vs. Archbishop Wood, Prevost (football) Field

Shipley vs. Archbishop Carroll, Loop Field

Strath Haven vs. Downingtown West, Creek Field

11:30 a.m.

Radnor vs. Germantown Academy, Prevost

Lower Merion vs. La Salle, Loop

Emmaus vs. Haverford School, Creek

1:30 p.m.

Springfield-Delco vs. St. Joseph’s Prep, Creek

Conestoga vs. Malvern Prep, Prevost

Brunswick (CT) vs. Penn Charter, Loop

3:30 p.m.

Lawrenceville School (NJ) vs. Episcopal Academy, Prevost

Unionville vs. Tatnall School (DE), Loop

Abington vs. Downingtown East, Creek

4:00 p.m.

Haverford High vs. Bishop Shanahan, Turf


9:00 a.m.

Abington vs. Germantown Friends, Turf Field

Harriton vs. Penn Charter, Library Field

Henderson vs. Agnes Irwin, Rowland Field

10:45 a.m.

Strath Haven vs. Merion Mercy, Turf

Upper Dublin vs. Springside School. Library

Unionville vs. Notre Dame Academy, Rowland

12:30 a.m.

Springfield-Delco vs. Episcopal Academy, Turf

Bayard Rustin vs. Baldwin School, Library

Penncrest vs. Shipley School, Rowland

2:15 p.m.

Radnor vs. Villa Maria Academy, Turf

Methacton vs. Bishop Shanahan, Library

Ridley vs. Germantown Academy, Rowland

4:00 p.m.

Great Valley vs. Friends Central, Library

Conestoga vs. Archbishop Carroll, Rowland



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