Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/26/11
Fenton Fitzpatrick took special meaning in a thrilling victory Saturday for the St. Joseph’s Prep lacrosse team.
Fitzpatrick scored five goals, including the game winner in overtime to lift the Hawks to a 9-8 triumph over Malvern Prep at Haverford School in a non-league game to benefit the Kelly Rooney Foundation.
Fitzpatrick’s father, Fenton, is a friend and fellow graduate of St. Joe’s Prep with Sean Rooney. Mr. Rooney’s wife, Kelly, passed away five years ago following a lengthy battle with breast cancer and has been instrumental in helping build the Kelly Rooney Foundation into a major source for breast cancer awareness and prevention.
On Saturday the Hawks wore pink jerseys and socks to honor her memory and the Rooney family’s continual fight to cure breast cancer. The foundation site is located at http://www.kellyrooney.org/
Fitzpatrick’s tally lifted the Hawks to 8-3 overall. Just two weeks earlier, the Hawks had fallen on the same field 9-8, in overtime to top-rated Haverford School. Since then, they also had dropped a one-goal game to Catholic League rival La Salle.
“It feels real good,” Fitzpatrick said, “We really wanted this one … especailly on this field. Last time it didn’t end up so well against Haverford School.
“But this time we were happy to get the win. Malvern is a very good team. It was a battle back and forth; we are just happy to come out on top.”
Malvern Prep had jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period and led, 5-2, when Jake Glancy tallied his second goal late in the second period. Malvern Prep’s Drew Kennedy – who won 15 of 18 face-offs and scored one goal – was a key in staking the Friars (7-4) to the lead, but with 2:22 left in the first half Fitzpatrick scored his second goal followed by Blaine Fleming’s at 1:04 to make it 5-4 at half.
The third quarter belonged to Fitzpatrick as he scored the first goal of the quarter assisted on the second. But Malvern responded as Keith Dreyer found the net at 4;43 knotting the score at 6-6 at the end of the period.
Fitzpatrick scored his fourth of the game at 9:33 of the fourth period, but Malvern’s Vince Travaligni tied it less than two minutes earlier. Bradley James scored his second goal of the day with 4:53 to play, but Malvern’s Kennedy took the ensuing face-off coast to coast to tie it.
The Friars had several chances to win at the end of regulation, but Prep goalie Liam Correia kept it even.
The Hawks played the benefit game for the Rooney Foundation for the third straight year.
“First and foremost, the Rooney Foundation is real special with the Prep, because of Sean Rooney’s relationship with the Prep,” said St. Joe’s coach Eric Gregg. “So, whenever we have the this kind of opportunity to have a great venue, a great cause and a great team like Malvern Prep with a great coach, we need to take advantage of it and support the organization.
“I give a lot of credit to Malvern Prep, they have a lot of really talented players from the face-off all the way down. They did a lot of things we thought they were going to do and our guys stepped up to the task, we have finally put together a complete game.”
St. Joseph’s Prep 9, Malvern Prep 8, OT
Vince Travaglini 1 g
Jake Glancy 2g
Colin Farrell 1g, 1a
Drew Kennedy 1g, 15 of 18 faceoffs
Chris Hilburn 1g, 1a
Keth Dreyer 2g, 1a
Ryan McDevitt 7 saves
Matt Barrett 7 saves
Fenton Fitzpatrick 5 G, 1 A
Brad James 2 G, 3 A
Blaine Fleming 1 G, 1 A
Rob Watts 1 G
Cory Scheuerle 1 A
Liam Correia 5 saves