By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/23/12
The schedule and times for the 12th annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival slated for April 28 at Radnor High has been released.
The nation’s largest high school single-day lacrosse event features 26 boys’ teams and 28 girls’ teams and benefits the Katie Samson Foundation, which raises money and awareness for spinal cord injury research and development. The Katie Samson Foundation has raised over $1,000,000 since it was formed in 2001.
The premier boys’ game is the rematch between Haverford School, the No. 1 team in the nation last year, and two-time defending Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Conestoga (25-1), at 1:30 p.m. on the Prevost (football) Field. Haverford School went a perfect 23-0 last year and dealt the Pioneers their only loss of the season last year at Katie Samson, 11-6. At the time, the teams were ranked 1-2 in the nation and the game drew well over 2,000 people.
Other top games include: Inter-Ac League power Malvern Prep vs. New Jersey prep heavyweight Lawrenceville School (3:30 p.m., Prevost); PIAA state finalist St. Joseph’s Prep vs. Central League power Radnor (4 p.m., Enke, Turf 1); Central League runner-up Garnet Valley vs. South Jersey power St. Augustine Prep (11:30 a.m., Creek); Ches-Mont power Downingtown East vs. 2008-09 state champion La Salle (11:30 a.m., Prevost); state qualifier Downingtown West vs. New England prep power Brunswick School (CT) (1:30 p.m., Creek); and Inter-Ac power Germantown Academy vs. Lehigh Valley Conference champion Emmaus (9:30, Prevost).
The top girls’ game features a game between what figures to be two of the top-ranked teams in the nation as defending PIAA champion Garnet Valley faces Virginia powerhouse St. Stephens and St. Agnes (2:15 p.m., Turf 1). Garnet Valley lost only one senior from a team that went 24-3; St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes went 31-2 and features junior superstar attack Carly Reed (153 goals in 2011, 237 career goals).
Other top girls’ games include 11-time Catholic League champion Archbishop Carroll vs. state qualifier Harriton (2:15 p.m., Rowland); state semifinalist Great Valley vs. Inter-Ac power Notre Dame (9 a.m., Turf 1); four-time Central League champion vs. host Radnor and seven-time Inter-Ac champion Episcopal Academy (10:45, Turf 1); and state qualifier Upper Dublin vs. two-time defending Friends Schools League champion Friends’ Central (10:45 a.m., Library).
12th Annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival
Satusday, April 28, at Radnor High
Germantown Academy Vs. Emmaus HS 9:30 AM Prevost
Cardinal O’Hara HS Vs. Bayard Rustin HS 9:30 AM Loop
Hatboro-Horsham HS Vs. Archbishop Wood HS 9:30 AM Creek
La Salle College HS Vs. Downingtown East HS 11:30 AM Prevost
Archbishop Carroll HS Vs. Harriton HS 11:30 AM Loop
St. Augustine Prep (NJ) Vs. Garnet Valley HS 11:30 AM Creek
Haverford School Vs. Conestoga HS 1:30 PM Prevost
Shipley School Vs. Haverford HS 1:30 PM Loop
Brunswick School (CT) Vs. Downingtown West HS 1:30 PM Creek
Malvern Prep Vs. Lawrenceville School (NJ) 3:30 PM Prevost
Hill School Vs. Penn Charter 3:30 PM Loop
Episcopal Academy Vs. Springfield-Delco HS 3:30 PM Creek
Radnor HS Vs. St. Joseph’s Prep 4:00 PM Turf1/Enke
* The home team is the first team named. Prevost Field is the football stadium field. Loop field is below the south side of Radnor HS, parallel to Lancaster Ave. Creek is parallel to King of Prussia School on the east side of Radnor HS. Enke is the turf field on the west side of RHS, parallel to the entrance.
Notre Dame Academy Vs. Great Valley HS 9:00 AM Turf1/Enke
Shipley School Vs. Penncrest HS 9:00 AM Library
Villa Maria Academy Vs. WC Henderson HS 9:00 AM Rowland
Radnor HS Vs. Episcopal Academy 10:45 AM Turf1/Enke
Friends’ Central Vs. Upper Dublin HS 10:45 AM Library
Baldwin School Vs. Boyertown HS 10:45 AM Rowland
Mt. St. Joseph Academy Vs.Conestoga HS 12:30 PM Turf1/Enke
Springside School Vs. Methacton HS 12:30 PM Library
William Penn Charter School Vs. Unionville HS 12:30 PM Rowland
St. Agnes & St. Stephen’s School (VA) Vs. Garnet Valley HS 2:15 PM Turf1/Enke
Hill School Vs. Downingtown East HS 2:15 PM Library
Archbishop Carroll HS Vs. Harriton HS 2:15 PM Rowland
Agnes Irwin SchoolVs.Haverford HS 4:00 PM Library
Germantown Academy Vs. Abington HS 4:00 PM Rowland
* The first team named is the home team. Enke Field is the turf field on the west side of Radnor HS. Library Field is on the east side of RHS, parallel to King of Prussia Rd. in the outfield of the baseball field. Rowland field is on the west side of RHS above then entrance road.