By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/1/10
The 2nd Philly Lacrosse Showcase slated for Nov. 20-21 at Episcopal Academy will feature a girls’ event for the first time.
Heading the group of 16 coaches is Phyllis Kilgour, who retired after 32 years as coach at Radnor last spring. Kilgour led the Red Raiders to their second straight Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championships last year and closed her brilliant career with 574 wins and seven District 1 crowns.
Kilgour, a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, was named the Phillylacrosse.com Coach of the Year.
The Philly Lacrosse Showcase will feature more than 300 girls competing in front of an expected 100 college coaches for the right to be named to the Gait Lacrosse “Fab Forty” All-Star Games. The All-Star Games will be played in the afternoon and will feature the top seniors, junior and sophomores/freshmen.
Registration remains open for the girls’ event (click here to register), while the boys’ event on Nov. 20 is sold out. In two weeks the Showcase directors will announce the colleges that are committed to attend.
There are many other coaches of top programs coaching the teams at the Showcase. Unionville’s Wendy Landry led her Indians to the state semifinals for the past two years. Great Valley’s Joe Tornetta guided his Patriots to the Ches-Mont League crown and a berth in the District 1 semifinals.
North Penn’s Jami Wilus took her Maidens to their fourth straight Suburban One League championship and second consecutive trip to states. Friends’ Central’s Lauren Becker-Rubin led her Phoenix to the Friends Schools League championship.
Also, Conestoga’s Amy Orcutt led Conestoga to the District 1 quarterfinals in her first year at her alma mater. Harriton’s George Dick led the Rams to their first District 1 tournament win in 21 years.
Another coach – Henderson’s Kim Jackson – is a member of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame (Eastern PA). Jackson has won three District 1 crowns and was a three-time National champion as a goalie at the University of Delaware.
Bishop Shanahan’s Kevin Goforth coached his team to the District 1 playoffs in 2010 and saw his squad named the Most Improved Team by the Pennsylvania Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. Bayard Rustin’s Laura Capuano has taken the Golden Knights to the District 1 tourney in her two seasons at the helm.
Garnet Valley’s Kate Henwood led her Jaguars to the District 1 tourney last year in her first season, after spending time as an assistant coach for Villanova.
Episcopal Academy’s Kim Piersall was a member of Urisnus College’s Division III National championship team in 1990. Methacton’s Laurie Markle led the Warriors to the
Pioneer Athletic Conference finals last year. Penncrest’s Meghan Magee took her team to the District 1 playoffs in 2009. Meanwhile, Tom Gannon, coached Wissahickon Youth Lacrosse to the National semifinals in the U-15 tournament in 2009.
The girls’ director is Jen Duckenfield, the former coach at Strath Haven and a Phillylacrosse.com Coach of the Year Runner-up last year.
Girls’ event coaches:
Wendy Landry, Unionville
Phyllis Kilgour, Radnor (retired head coach, 2010 Phillylacrosse.com Coach of the Year)
Kim Jackson, Henderson
George Dick, Harriton
Kevin Goforth, Bishop Shanahan
Jami Wilus, North Penn
Amy Orcutt, Conestoga
Kim Piersall, Episcopal Academy
Tom Gannon, Wissahickon Youth Lacrosse
Laura Capuano, Bayard Rustin
Laurie Markle, Methacton
Meghan Magee, Penncrest
Anne Pillion, Conestoga
Lauren Becker-Rubin, Friends’ Central School
Joe Tornetta, Great Valley
Kate Henwood, Garnet Valley