By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/6/11
Former Hatboro-Horsham boys’ lacrosse coach Dave Sowers will remember Robert Nagel as a key member of a championship team who became a success due to hard work and determination.
Nagel, 19, of Ambler, was one of two former Hatboro-Horsham lacrosse players killed in a one-car accident this morning on Witmer Road in Horsham Township. The other victim was Eddie Coombs, 19, of Horsham, an all-league performer on the Hatters’ 2010 squad that tied for the Suburban One Continental Conference title and reached the state playoffs.
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Sowers said that Mr. Nagel played primarily on the JV team as a sophomore and a junior while most of his friends were moved up to the varsity. Then, in his senior year, Mr. Nagel became an integral part of the team that went 18-6 by serving as the top midfielder off the bench and becoming s scoring threat.
“Other kids may have had super athletic ability,” said Sowers. “Robert had this passion and worked so hard to become a good player.
“It was one of the greatest things as a coach to see him never give up and keep getting better. By his senior year he became the fourth middie. It was a tribute to him and how hard he worked.”
Police said that Mr. Coombs and Mr. Nagel were passengers in a car that traveled off the roadway and struck a curb before careening 405 feet into the back yard of a residence near Norristown Road. Three other teens escaped the one-vehicle crash with minor injuries. The accident occurred at about 1:15 a.m., police said,
Police also said the other occupants, Tim Kurpiel, 19 of Horsham, also a teammate of Coombs and Nagel; Connor James McNicholas, 19, of Ambler, and Darryl Neville, Jr., 18, of Darby, were transported to the Abington Memorial Hospital and later released.
A preliminary investigation by Horsham Township and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau determined that McNicholas was driving the 2007 Honda Civic westbound on Witmer Road when he lost control, causing the vehicle to cross over Wade Avenue and enter the property at 600 Wade Avenue.
McNicholas’ car continued to travel through the yard and stuck several trees before coming to rest, police said.