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Schedule for 4th annual ‘Checking for Cancer’ tournament at Haverford School features top boys’ teams in country

Friday, 6th January 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  
 

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/6/12

The boys’ schedule of games for the 4th annual “Checking for Cancer” Invitational features – as always – many of the top boys’ lacrosse teams in the country.

Former Washington College linemates Kevin Giblin (left) and John Nostrant are both cancer survivors and the driving force behind the "Checking for Cancer" Invitational

The event will be held April 14 at Haverford School. It raises money and awareness for three men’s cancers: prostate, testicular and colon. Three girls’ games also will be scheduled.

The seven boys’ matchups are:

Haverford School (PA) vs Lawrenceville School (N.J.)

Georgetown Prep (MD) vs. Delbarton (N.J.)

La Salle College High (PA) vs St. Augustine Prep (N.J.)

Darien (CT) vs Penn Charter (PA)

Salesianum (DE) vs Chatham (N.J.)

Conestoga (PA) vs Garden City (N.Y.)

Episcopal Academy (PA) vs. Radnor (PA)

Haverford School, the Inter-Ac League and Inter-Ac Invitational champions, finished as the No. 1 team in the country last year in every national poll. Conestoga, the two-time Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association champion, was ranked among the top 5 in every national poll. Georgetown Prep (No. 10) and Garden City (No. 11) and Darien (No. 25) were ranked in the final Under Armour/Inside lacrosse poll.

Meanwhile, La Salle was the PA state champion in 2008 and 2009 and Salesianum was the Delaware state champion in 2009 and 2011. Lawrenceville and St. Augustine and two of the top new Jersey prep powers and Chatham and Delbarton are regular contenders for state honors. Meanwhile, Penn Charter and Episcopal Academy are members of the powerful Inter-Ac League and Radnor is a perennial Central League contender.

The event was created in 2009 by Haverford School coach John Nostrant, a prostate cancer survivor, and his college teammate Georgetown Prep coach Kevin Giblin. Giblin is a colon cancer survivor.

Nostrant and Giblin were roommates at Washington College and linemates on the lacrosse field. They served together as assistant coaches for the United States U-19 men’s team in 2008 when it captured the International World Federation Championship in British Columbia.

Proceeds totaling $13,500 from the 2011 Checking for Cancer Tournament were donated to the Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia last year.

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