By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/23/11
A special boys’ lacrosse doubleheader, featuring four of the top teams in the region, will be held today Haverford School.
First, at 10:30 a.m., the host Fords will meet red-hot La Salle. At 1 p.m., St. Joseph’s Prep and Malvern Prep will meet in a benefit game for the Kelly Rooney Foundation.
Haverford School is 13-0 and ranked No. 1 in the nation in all three national polls. The Explorers, who have won six straight following an 0-3 start, are ranked No. 4 in the PA Media Rankings and No. 31 in the ESPN RISE POWERADE Fab 50.
The 1 p.m. game pits the 7-3 Friars – ranked No. 28 by ESPN RISE and No. 7 in the PA Media Rankings vs. 7-3 St. Joe’s, ranked No. 36 by ESPN RISE and No. 9 in the PA Media Rankings.
For the third straight year, St. Joe’s Prep is sponsoring the Rooney Foundation benefit game played in honor of Kelly Rooney, who succumbed to breast cancer five years ago after a lengthy 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.
Originally, the game was to be played at Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Victory Field, home of Chestnut Hill College. But due to poor weather conditions over the last few weeks, the venue was changed. The Hawks will wear pink jerseys and socks, while Malvern Prep also will wear pink socks to honor the fight against breast cancer.
“St. Joseph’s Prep lacrosse is very excited for the opportunity to be involved again in this great cause,” said coach Eric Gregg. “Last year we played Haverford School in the benefit game and two years ago we played Emmaus.
“Mr. Rooney graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep so we are happy to raise money for the foundation that has contributed so much. We hope to do a (ceremony) at halftime.”