Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/4/10
Dan Losier and Kevin Forster each scored two goals and La Salle raced to an 8-3 halftime lead Saturday before defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 10-6, in a battle of Catholic League powers at the inaugural HEADstrong Rivalry Games at Widener University.
The Rivalry Games were created to help raise awareness and funds for the HEADstrong Foundation in its fight against blood cancer. The Foundation was developed in honor of Ridley graduate Nick “Head” Colleluori, the former Hofstra student-athlete who died in 2006 after a relentless 14-month battle against Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The event raised $32,000 for the Foundation and drew approximately 2,000 people under perfect blue skies.
“We are once again overwhelmed with the outpouring of support that The HEADstrong Foundation continues to receive,” said HEADstrong President Cheryl Colleluori. “This was our first high school event which included both JV and varsity games, and from all indicators it was a huge success.”
The teams involved sold HEADstrong t-shirts and held blood cancer awareness activities on their respective campuses.
The Rivalry Games featured 11 games in all, including five boys’ varsity contests between league rivals. Other scores were: Pennsbury 17, Neshaminy 2 (Suburban One National); Unionville 13, Sun Valley 11 (Ches-Mont), Emmaus 13, Easton 1 (Lehigh Valley); and Ridley 9, Strath Haven 5 (Central). Each of the rivals also played JV games.
Another highlight was a non-conference men’s college game between Philly powers as Cabrini defeated host Widener, 15-5.
Also, Colleluori honored the 2010 “Nick Colleluori Award Winners” during her speech before the Cabrini-Widener game. Each head coach chose a player from each team that best exemplifies Nick’s courage, leadership skills and relentless attitude. The winners were:
Neshaminy: Sophomore midfielder Connor Bishop;
Pennsbury: Junior defenseman Sean Rinko;
Sun Valley: Junior attackman Kyle Gillam;
Unionville: Junior defenseman Rich O’Neill;
Emmaus: Senior attackman Stephen Ward;
Easton: Senior midfielder Peter Hronis;
La Salle: Junior goaltender Victor Garcia;
St. Joseph’s Prep: Senior defenseman Aleks Kucas;
Strath Haven: Junior midfielder Sean Walsh; and
Ridley: Senior defenseman Casey Decker
The La Salle-St. Joe’s game drew much interest since the teams perennially play for the league title and last year’s championship game saw La Salle win by one goal in a thriller. This time, the two-time defending state champion Explorers (2-1) led from start to finish and used strong ball movement and passing to keep the pressure on the Hawks (3-2).
“I love our offense, they really share the ball,” said Explorers coach Bill Leahy. “Some of our goals were real pretty – they are unselfish and they play off the ball.”
Junior John Lawlor made eight saves in goal for La Salle.
Cory Scheuerle scored three goals and Jeff Heath had two for the Hawks, while John Gregitis was a standout at midfield, especially on defense.
“They executed their game plan real well,” said St. Joe’s Prep coach Eric Gregg. “I was impressed with them.
“And we weren’t being physical. I didn’t think I’d have to motivate our guys to be physical against our biggest rival, but we need to slide with our body, not our feet. We played so much defense and then when we got on attack, they were in our faces and physical.”
Unionville 13, Sun Valley 11
James Moss had the game winning goal with 1:30 left to play to lift the Indians (2-2) past the Vanguards (2-2).
Tyler Simigran had eight saves in goal while Mike Nowoswiat (four goals, two assists), Richard Kaiser (three goals,, two assists), James Moss (two goals, one assist) and Max Kelly (two goals) led the attack for Unionville.
Bobby Clemens led Sun Valley with three goals and three assists and Frankie Jackson pumped in four goals while Tyler Brun was strong in goal with 17 saves.
Emmaus 13, Easton 1
Dan Kinek collected three goals and two assists and Stephen Ward had three goals and an assist to power the Green Hornets (2-2) past the Rovers (1-2).
Pennsbury 17, Neshaminy 2
Calvin Hopkins scored four goals and the Falcons remained perfect at 4-0 overall.
Ryan Hutchinson scored twice for the Redskins (1-1).
Ridley 9, Strath Haven 5
Jim Gormley, Kevin Garling and Tyler Johnston each scored two goals for the Green Raiders (3-1). Pat Fisher had two goals and an assist for the Panthers (1-3).
Spring-Ford 15, Marple Newtown 1
Brian Bock and Carl Santoro each had three goals and an assist and Colton Szostek collected two goals and two assists while Zac Monzo added two goals and an assist for the Rams (3-0).
Penn Charter 14, Golden (CO) 4
Andy Grabowski had four goals and two assists and Joey Sankey collected three goals and two assists while Tyler White added three goals as the Quakers (3-2) handed their visitors from Colorado a loss at Haverford School.
St. Ann’s Belfield (VA) 10, Springfield-Delco 3
The Cougars led, 3-1, at halftime and then yielded nine unanswered goals in the road loss to the Saints (5-3). Joe Venit, Josh Cavanaugh and Bobby Gildea scored for the Cougars.
Malvern Prep 10, West Chester East 1
TJ Hanzsche tallied three goals and James Brandolini played a solid game in goal to help the Friars (4-1) earn the non-league win over the Vikings (1-2). Malvern next plays Wednesday night at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Nazareth HS 8, Interboro 5
Brian Van Wyk had three goals and an assist and Adam Moore made 20 saves for the Bucs (1-2) in the non-league loss.
W.C. Henderson 15, Central Bucks West 9
Ethan Heisman collected five goals and four assists to lead the Warriors (1-1) to the non-league win.
West Genesee (N.Y.) 9, Downingtown East 8
Junior attackman Corey Herrington scored the game-winner with 1:23 left to play as the host New York power West Genesee (2-1) Wildcats earned a hard-fought win over the Cougars (0-4).
The Wildcats built an 8-5 lead, but Downingtown East – which had been missing several of its key players due to the success of the school’s ice hockey team – stormed back with three straight goals to tie it.
Senior attackman Shgane Sturgis, one of the hockey players who helped the Cougars reach the state finals, tallied of the goals in the rally.
Penn Charter 15 Mt. St. Joseph 7
Blaine Steinberg netted five goals and added five assists while Kate Higgins scored four to lift the Quakers (3-0).
Corinne Caracausa and Lizzie Tillger each scored three goals for the Mount (1-1).