Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/2/10
A new invitational and a major showdown of Philly powers highlight the schedule Saturday in what promises to be a day of perfect weather and exciting lacrosse.
Haverford School hosts Conestoga at 11 a.m. in the Philly boys’ showdown. Conestoga (2-0) is ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 5 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings. Haverford School (3-2) is ranked No. 3 in the state and was ranked nationally in several polls earlier in the year before falling to two powers from Baltimore.
Meanwhile, at Widener University, the inaugural HEADstrong Rivalry Games will be held all day as 10 scholastic and two collegiate teams help raise money and awareness for the fight against blood cancer in honor of Nick Colleluori and the HEADstrong Foundation.
The event begins at 9 a.m. with high school conference games (see schedule below). Widener meets Cabrini College at 3:30 p.m. in the college game and the most intriguing scholastic game is the Catholic League battle between two-time defending state champion La Salle and arch-rival St. Joseph’s Prep.
The Explorers are 1-1 and ranked No. 5 in the PA Media Rankings. The Hawks are 3-1 and ranked No. 9 in the PIAA poll of the Media Rankings.
The HEADstrong Foundation was created in memory of Nick “Head” Colleluori, a graduate of Ridley and a student-athlete at Hofstra University who lost his battle to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on November 28, 2006.
The teams involved in the Rivalry Games have followed the HEADstrong tradition by
conducting a blood cancer awareness campaign on their respective campuses and selling official HEADstrong t-shirts.
Colleluori’s alma mater, Ridley, meets Strath Haven in the finale at 8 p.m.
Also Saturday, Penn Charter faces Golden (CO) at Haverford School’s upper turf field at 10:30 a.m.
HEADstrong Rivalry Games, Saturday, April 3, Widener University
Neshaminy vs. Pennsbury (Suburban One National), 9 a.m.
Sun Valley vs. Unionville (Ches-Mont League), 11 a.m.
Easton vs. Emmaus (Lehigh Valley League), 1 p.m.
La Salle vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (Catholic League), 6 p.m.
Ridley vs. Strath Haven (Central League), 8 p.m.
Widener University vs. Cabrini College, 3:30 p.m.
Sun Valley vs. Unionville, 8 a.m.
Easton vs. Emmaus, 10 a.m.
Neshaminy vs. Pennsbury, noon
La Salle vs. St. Joseph’s Prep, 2 p.m.
Ridley vs. Strath Haven, 6 p.m.