By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/17/11
Radnor High will host a special benefit lacrosse tournament involving players from four of the top boys’ teams in the Philly region, including Conestoga, Haverford School, Malvern Prep and the host Red Raiders.
The “Lax 4 Logan Night” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, beginning at 6 p.m.
Admission for the fundraiser is $5. Donation boxes also will be provided.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Schweiter family and help with medical bills for Logan Schweiter, 12, a Conestoga Youth Lacrosse (CYL) player who is rehabilitating from an accident July 25 when he was caught under water in a flooded creek.
The four teams will be split up evenly to create eight teams of about 22 players each. Games will be played on both turf fields – with four games being played in all.
The idea for the benefit tournament was hatched after the CYL held a benefit clinic last month for elementary school and middle school age boys.
“The idea came from the clinic, where we raised some money,” said Conestoga coach Brian Samson, whose Pioneers have won the past two PIAA championships.
“Radnor coach John (Begier) and I, and (Malvern Prep coach) Dave (Metzbower) got together and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to have our high school players compete and make it for the community.’
“This is a way for all of us to come together with the community for a cause. Logan’s brother, Parke, is a freshman at Conestoga and we’re really excited to be able to put on this event.”
The talent on the field will be exceptional. Haverford School went undefeated last year and was ranked No. 1 in every national poll. Conestoga, ranked No. 3 in several national polls, has been to three straight state finals. Malvern Prep was ranked No. 25 in the nation in the final ESPNRISE POWERADE FAB 50 poll and Radnor is a perennial Central League challenger.
Already, Malvern Prep has five Division I commits in its junior class and six Division I and two more Division III recruits in its senior class. Conestoga has two Division I commits in its junior class and nine more in its senior class while Haverford School has eight Division I recruits in its senior class. Radnor has two seniors committed to D1 colleges.