Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/4/10
Stephen Aitken scored four goals and Liam O’Connor added three as Haverford School defeated St. Joseph’s Prep, 12-5, tonight in a non-league boys’ lacrosse game at St. Joseph’s University to honor the Kelly Rooney Foundation.
The Fords, ranked No. 2 in the PA Media Rankings, improved to 16-3 while the Hawks (ranked No. 9 in the PIAA poll) fell to 6-7.
Kelly Rooney succumbed to breast cancer four years ago after a tremendous four-year battle. Her husband, Sean, is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep and has been instrumental in helping build the Kelly Rooney Foundation into a major source for breast cancer awareness and prevention.
To honor Kelly and the Foundation, the host Hawks wore special white jerseys with the Rooney Foundation logo and pink numbers. Haverford School players wore their blue “Checking for Cancer” jerseys, the same ones worn several weeks ago in their invitational created to raise funds and awareness for men’s cancers. Both teams also wore special Rooney Foundation undershirts.
Carl Walrath added a goal and three assists for the Fords. Brad James led The Prep with two goals and one assist. Conor Kelly posted 12 saves for the win; Colin Heffernan also saved three in relief.
“One of our players’ father was a classmate of Mr. Rooney at St. Joseph’s,” aid Prep coach Eric Gregg. “It was great that our program could be a catalyst to make this happen, and we’re pleased that (Haverford School) coach Nostrant could come out with his team and participate in this with us.
“It’s good four our guys to understand this is more than a game and there is more than lacrosse out there.”