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Philly lacrosse community comes together to make dreary night into special evening for injured youth player in ‘4 School Lax Mix’

Thursday, 17th November 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Russ Atkinson, Posted 11/17/11

On a dismal rainy Wednesday evening Radnor High, the Philadelphia lacrosse community came together to support one its own in a time of need at the “4 School Lax Mix.”

Over 170 boys from Conestoga, Malvern Prep, Radnor and the Haverford School gathered and put their rivalries aside in support of Logan Schweiter 12, the Conestoga Youth Lacrosse (CYL) player who is rehabilitating from an accident July 25 when he was caught under water in a flooded creek. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Schweiter family and help with medical bills for Logan.

The four school teams teams were split up evenly to create eight teams of about 22 players each. The idea for the benefit tournament was hatched by coaches Brian Sampson (Conestoga), David Metzbower (Malvern Prep) and John Begier (Radnor) after they ran a Conestoga Youth Lacrosse benefit clinic in September for elementary school and middle school age boys in support of the Schweiters.

Official scores were not kept and rain kept some people away, but the collection of talent from some of the top teams in the region and the country (Haverford School was the No. 1 team last year, Conestoga among the Top 3 and Malvern among the Top 25) drew more than 20 college coaches. Johns Hopkins, Penn, Princeton, Lehigh, Rutgers, Villanova, Haverford College were just some of the colleges that were represented.

The Schweiter family gave this statement in thanks:

“We would like to extend our utmost gratitude to coaches Brian Samson (Conestoga), John Begier (Radnor), Dave Metzbower (Malvern Prep), and John Nostrant (Haverford) and the many volunteers for their time and efforts in organizing a successful evening of lacrosse to benefit Logan.

“Logan loves to compete on the lacrosse field and has now taken his competitive spirit to a different focus: his recovery. To have an event to raise funds for Logan in the spirit of competition is what Logan is all about. With much love.” – The Schweiters collected these comments:

Conestoga coach Brian Sampson:
“I am just really happy this event is going so well tonight. The kids are playing really hard. It’s great to see all the guys playing tonight. They get to know one another; that will help them all when they meet again this spring. We raised a lot of money tonight, which is what it is all about.”

Malvern Prep senior defenseman and captain Jack Sheridan (Notre Dame commit):
“Malvern, of course, is honored to be here to play for Logan after his tragic accident. We are all buddies out here tonight. There are no rivalries; we are out here for a good cause. Malvern is privileged to be here with three other great programs.”

Haverford School senior midfielder Sam Rohr (Penn commit): “This is a really great event. Logan played with my little brother and it’s great to see the lacrosse community pull together for him.”

Conestoga senior attackman Connor Frisina (Delaware commit): “This is a very special event for the Schweiters. It’s great to be with the other players and playing with and against our best friends, but it’s really about helping Logan.”

Peter Samson, Founder of Katie Samson Tournament and longtime Radnor Youth Director: “It’s a great event for sportsmanship and it’s great to see all the kids out here to support a family.”

All donations are tax-deductible and are administered by NTAF for injury-related expenses only. Checks should be made payable to: NTAF Mid-Atlantic Traumatic Brain Injury Fund, note: In honor of Logan Schweiter.
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