Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/24/12
Abington’s Ryan Ambler and Garnet Valley’s Ryan Guittare have been named as recipients of the annual Peter Ortale Memorial Fund Award by the Duke’s Lacrosse Club.
The scholarship awards of $1,500 may be used toward their college expenses. Guittare (defenseman) will play lacrosse at Penn State this year and Ambler (attackman) will play at Princeton.
The Award was created both to honor Ortale – a former Duke’s player who passed away while working at the World Trade Center in the 9-11 terrorist act – and to support the Duke’s mission to support tradition, sportsmanship and community service.
Ambler and Guittare were chosen for their positive attributes and contributions to the Duke’s LC. Ortale, a Penn Charter graduate, starred at Duke. Ortale was 37 years old and working as a securities broker for Euro Brokers Inc. when the World Trade Center was attacked.
This year Ambler earned US Lacrosse All-American honors and was All-Phillylacrosse.com while collecting 46 goals and 48 assists. He helped lead Abington to the District 1 quarterfinals.
This year Guittare was named to the Under Armour All-American team and earned First team All-Central and High Honorable Mention All-Phillylacrosse.com honors. He helped the Jaguars to the District 1 championship game and a berth in the state tournament.
Last year’s winners of the Peter Ortale Scholarship were Chestnut Hill Academy’s Corbin Booker and Penn Charter’s Joey Sankey. In its inaugural year, Avon Grove’s Tim Golder and Upper Merion’s Nate Hare were the recipients.