By Chris Mueller
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/14/12
Long Island power St. Anthony’s broke open a 1-1 halftime score and earned a 7-4 victory over host Malvern Prep today in the capper to the 6th annual Evanfest.
The feature high school game ended a perfect day to celebrate the life of Evan Brady, the former Malvern Prep lacrosse player, assistant coach and role model who passed away in 2005 after a lengthy fight against osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer).
A record 40 youth teams (U13, u15) competed during the day on six fields to raise money for families that have children with life-threatening illnesses. The funds go directly to the families as an all-volunteer staff works the event.
Goals by midfielders Matt Chanenchuk and Sean Mcdonagh sparked the Friars’ third-period run which helped them build a lead they never relinquished. St. Anthony’s improved to 6-1 while Malvern prep’s Friars fell to 3-5.
“We just wanted to play a complete game. Today we had a real good effort on both ends of the field.” said St. Anthony’s coach Kieth Wieczorek. “Malvern Prep is a great program; they play very similar to the teams we see up in New York. They’re a tough team.”
Malvern Prep coach Dave Metzbower pinpointed the loss on missed shots. “We missed shots and didn’t win many faceoffs,” he said.
With games against Haverford School and Germantown Academy next week, Metzbower doesn’t want to dwell too much on the loss.
“We have two very tough teams with Haverford and GA coming up. It’s no time to look back, we just need to keep moving forward and get ready for our next two league games.”
Malvern senior defenseman Eddie Morris knew his team could have played better. “We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Morris said. “On offense we couldn’t finish the ball and on defense we missed a few slides.
“They put the ball in the net when they were supposed to.”
He was also ready to move on to the first meeting of the year with arch-rival Haverford School on Tuesday.
“We’re playing our rival next week, a top 25 team in the country,” he said. “They have good players with good skill. We’re looking forward to it.”
For Malvern, lacrosse wasn’t the only thing on their minds. Evan Brady was a former student adored by the Malvern community. Evan had a passion for lacrosse and loved helping others in need even while he was suffering. The tournament is headed by Evan’s parents and countless Malvern volunteers.
“The mission of Evanfest is to raise money through the great sport of Lacrosse,” Bill Brady said. “This is the biggest event out of the six-year history.
“Evan’s probably looking down on Evanfest today wishing he could play.”
St. Anthony’s 7, Malvern Prep 4
MP 1 0 1 2-4
SA 1 0 2 4-7
MP- Russell Atkinson 1g, Joey Klinges 1g 1a, Jake Glancy 1g, Tommy O’Conner 1g, Joe Carlini 1a, Joe Dunn 1a
S.A- Brian Sherlock 1g 2a,Dillon Malloy 1g 1a, Chris Hughes 1g, Matt Chanenchuk 1g 1a, Sean McDonagh 1g 1a, Brendan Hurley 1g, Kevin Long 1g,
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