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HEADstrong Rivalry Games recap: More than $40,000 raised, Nicholas E. Colleluori Award Recipients, game summaries

Monday, 9th April 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, HEADstrong, High School, Posted 4/9/12
From Press Release and Staff Reports

The forecast last weekend was very fitting for the HEADstrong Foundation’s 3rd Annual Rivalry Games. On Saturday droves of HEADstrong supporters and lacrosse fans descended on Widener University’s athletic complex to be apart of what has become an annual Easter Saturday tradition in Delaware County.

This year’s Rivalry Games drew record attendance generating over $40,000 for the HEADstrong Foundation and their relentless pursuit of defeating blood cancer, bringing the fundraising total to over $190,000 since its inception in 2010.

The Rivalry Games featured top boys lacrosse games from the Philadelphia region including, Wissahickon High School, Upper Merion High School, Interboro High School, Archbishop John Carroll High School, Perkiomen Valley High School, Spring-Ford High School, Radnor High School and Ridley High School. The event also showcased some outstanding youth programs including Black Storm Lacrosse, Marlton Lacrosse, West Chester Lacrosse, Wissahickon Lacrosse, Marple Lacrosse and Spring-Ford Lacrosse.

Prior to each game HEADstrong Foundation president Cheryl Colleluori delivered a heartfelt address to both players and supporters. She reflected on HEADstrong founder Nick Colleluori’s life and his 14 month relentless battle against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and how in the wake of his diagnosis how he was motivated to create the foundation and make a difference using the sport of lacrosse as an avenue. In addition a player from each team was selected to be the recipient of the Nicholas E. Colleluori Award for demonstrating leadership on and off the playing field.

2012 Nicholas E. Colleluori Award Recipients

Brian Van Wyk, Interboro High School
Ryan Boomazian, Arch Bishop Carroll High School
Josh Stollman, Wissahickon High School
Austin Edelman, Upper Merion High School
Bryce Womack, Perkiomen Valley High School
Zach Monzo, Spring-Ford High School
Paul Somboonsong, Radnor High School
Matt Ward, Ridley High School
Cody Sandy, Albright College
Mark Kane, Widener University

While the games throughout the day were incredibly exciting, the event was highlighted by Albright’s 11-10 double overtime victory against Widener University. Regardless of the final scores that day, the fundraising effort set forth by all of the participating teams made them all winners.

“This event is always a very emotional day for us. Looking around and seeing former coaches, teammates and friends of our Nick in attendance and reminiscing of memories is comforting but difficult, I miss him so much. We had the best time of our lives on the lacrosse field as a family. At the heart of this event is so much love for our son, we are truly grateful. We wish to thank the Widener University Men’s Lacrosse, the Widener Lacrosse Booster’s program and all of the participating teams, officials and spectators for supporting Nick’s vision and being apart of this special event.” – Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong Foundation president

The HEADstrong Foundation carries on the legacy and vision of HEADstrong founder Nicholas Colleluori through advocating, fundraising and supporting those affected by blood cancer and those working towards eliminating it. For more information go to

Game Summaries
Spring-Ford 13, Perkiomen Valley 4

Spring-Ford 5 3 1 4 – 13
Perk Valley 0 1 2 1 – 4


D.J. Young 1g, 1a
Zach Monzo 4g, 1a
Stephen Bock 2g
Paul Major 3g, 2a
Casey Pettine 1g, 3a
Christian McCormick 2g
Goalie Matt Meserle 6 saves

Perk Valley
Sean Tornetta 2g
Shawn Dickey 2g
Goalie Bryce Womack 7 saves

Upper Merion 8, Wissahickon 7, 2 OT

Wissahickon: 0-2-4-1-0-0 – 7
Upper Merion:0-2-2-3-0-1 – 8

Degroat: 1g
Melvin: 3g
Clements: 1a
Scannapieco: 2a
Magdalinski: 2g, 1a
Stollman: 1g, 1a

Upper Merion Scoring:
Joe Mintzer – 5g
Mickey Bellace – 3a – assist on game-winner
Trevor Kupecky – 2a
Jake Keszczyk – 1g
Mikey Zadroga – 1g
Lorran DaCosta – 1g – game-winner
Troy Minnich – 18 saves

Interboro 12, Archbishop Carroll 8

IHS-1-7-4-0- 12

IHS Goals
Christian Fisher 2g
Dylan Mollica 2g
Brian Van Wyk 3g, 1a
David Hearn 2g
Dan Hopson 2g
Jake Herrmann 1g, 2a
Paul Fagan 1a
Steve Lee 10 saves

Archbishop Carroll

Ryan Boornazian 2g
Chip Byrne 3g
Tim Keith 2g
Carr 1a
Ben Lerario 1g
Adam Baer 17 saves

Ridley 9, Radnor 6
Ridley 3-2-0-4 -9
Radnor 1-3-1-1 -6

Jim Gormley 1G 1A
Kyle Bush 1G 2A
Mike Crowley 1G
Matt Borcher 1G
Kelton Heverly 1G
Kevin Benson 1G
Brian Sinex 1A
Dalton George 3G

Tom McDermott 6 saves

Ben Junior 3G
Shane Shapiro 2g
Alex Manderack 1g
Mike Cherry 1a
Mike Barnes 1a FO 9-17
Brendan Manderack 9 saves

Albright 11, Widener 10, 2 OT

SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 OT O2 Total
Albright 3 4 2 1 0 1 11
Widener 3 4 0 3 0 0 10

Albright SCORING: GOALS: TJ Holston 4; Phil Potter 2; Justin Brown 2; Bryan Smith 1; Dan Foote 1; Joe Devinney 1. ASSISTS: Phil Potter 5.

Widener SCORING:
GOALS: Johnny Casey 6; Mark Kane 1; Josh Fox 1; Ryan Eidenshink 1; Michael Bassani 1. ASSISTS: Robert Clemens 6; Ryan Shewell 2; Mark Kane 1.


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