This is one of a series of articles counting down the top stories of Philly lacrosse for 2010
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/13/11
Springfield-Delco and La Salle may not have achieved their goals of winning a boys’ lacrosse state championship in 2010, but each team clearly made its mark while collectively earning the No. 7 Story of the Year as voted by Phillylacrosse.com.
Springfield-Delco finished 20-3 and claimed the Central League championship with a perfect 11-0 mark. The key win was a 4-3 overtime triumph over defending league champ and eventual state champ Conestoga. The Cougars soon moved into the No. 1 spot in the state after edging St. Joseph’s Prep in overtime at the Katie Samson Festival and topping La Salle, 11-5.
Springfield-Delco earned the top seed in the District 1 tournament and pulled out some remarkable victories to make its way into the finals. The Cougars came back from a 6-2 deficit to nip Hatboro-Horsham, 7-6, in the district quarterfinals. Then Springfield-Delco won an epic four-overtime win over Central League foe Garnet Valley in the semifinals before it fell to Conestoga in the finals.
In the second round of of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) tourney, Springfield-Delco and La Salle met again. This time, the Explorers prevailed by an 8-5 count and advanced to the semifinals.
After the season, Springfield-Delco senior goalie Austin Kaut was named the Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year along with Lower Merion’s Jordan Wolf. The Cougars finished ranked No. 12 in the nation by the LaxGuys and No. 33 by ESPN RISE.
La Salle was the two-time defending state champion, but entered the year as somewhat of an unknown since a large group of seniors graduated, many to top Division I programs after starting for at least two years. But the Explorers followed up their win over Springfield-Delco with an easy 15-3 rout of Seneca Valley in the semifinals.
That win set up a classic rematch for the state championship between La Salle and Conestoga. the year before, La Salle toppled the Pioneers in the state finals at Hershey, but this time the Explorers went in as the underdog since Conestoga returned a host of top-rated seniors.
La Salle seized a 3-2 lead at one point, but the Pioneers took over and bolted to a 9-3 advantage before claiming a 10-6 victory. Still, it was a remarkable year for the Explorers, who went 21-3 and finished ranked No. 7 by the LaxGuys, No. 16 by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse , No. 18 by ESPN RISE and and No. 19 by Lacrosse Magazine. the Explorers also finished No. 3 in the state.
Along the way, La Salle gained several huge victories. First the Explorers downed national power Georgetown Prep, 10-8, at the Haverford School “Checking for Cancer” tournament.
in April. The Explorers toppled St. Joseph’s Prep, 7-5, for its seventh straight Catholic League championship and then they rallied for a dramatic 11-10 win over backyard rival Abington in the first round of states.
The other big highlight was the induction of longtime La Salle coach Bill Leahy into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame.