Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/23/13
WASHINGTON D.C. – Matt Rambo had three goals and two assists and Jeff Cimbalista added three goals while Jack Altieri dominated at the face-off X as La Salle College High (PA) defeated DeMatha Catholic (MD), 9-6, tonight in the annual “Fallen Heroes Game” at Catholic University.
The game honors the memory of two true American heroes: First LT. Travis Manion (La Salle), who died in Iraq in 2007; and his best friend and roommate from the US Naval Academy, Navy SEAL, Lt. Brendan Looney (DeMatha), who died in Afghanistan in 2010.
“There was definitely the feeling at practice that this was more than just a game,” said La Salle senior defenseman George Uhrich, who is headed to the naval Academy along with three players from DeMatha. “The sacrifice that Travis and Brendan made for our country has had a great impact on everyone on our team and I believe the Dematha players feel the same way.
“This game was played not just for our schools but for everyone who wears a uniform and is prepared to make the same sacrifice that Travis and Brendan made. Like Travis and Brendan, every player fought hard on the field, accepting their roles and competing to the best of their ability.”
La Salle, which has won all three years, was making its 2013 debut, and is ranked No. 4 9in North America by TopLaxRecruits.com and first by Phillylacrosse.com in the region.
The Explorers jumped to a 5-1 first-quarter lead and never allowed DeMatha (2-2) to get close.
Altieri won 15 of 19 face-offs and added two assists and was named the Travis Manion Award winner for the Explorers. Aidan Kerrigan scored two goals for La Salle while Colin Macdougall made six saves. La Salle was playing without standout midfielder Sean Coleman, who is out several more weeks with an ankle injury; as well as several starters who played today in the state ice hockey championship.
Although this game was not a life or death situation, it was nothing short of a battle,” said Uhrich. “The heart and determination that each player showed in this game and in our previous games is what keeps the memory of Travis and Brendan alive for all of us.
“At the end of the day this game isn’t about wins and losses it was about keeping Travis and Brendan’s legacy alive.”
Brady Thompson had two goals for DeMatha.
Uhrich said the Explorers are looking forward to the quest for another Catholic League championship and a shot at returning to the state finals.
“This was our first official game of the year so there are obviously things we can improve upon,” he said. “But based on the effort given by the team as a whole I feel we’re off to a great start.
‘We need to learn from the mistakes we made during this game and continue to improve as a team. The beginning of our schedule is tough but as long as we continue to fight hard and get better every day we are going to be very competitive this year.”
La Salle 9, DeMatha 6
La Salle 5-0-1-3 – 9
DeMatha 1-1-2-2 – 6
Matt Rambo 3g, 2a
Jeff Cimbalista 3g
Aidan Kerrigan 2 g
Adam Schaal 1g, 1a
Brian McNamara 1a
George Uhrich 3 Gbs
Jack Altieri 2A 15 of 19 FO
Colin Macdougall 6 saves
Brady Thompson 2g
Vince Principe 1g
Matt Brisolari 1g
Greyson Torain 1g
Tyler Najarian 1g, 1a
Nick Ramsey 5 saves
Tags: La Salle