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College coaches Wray, Tierney excited to bring D1 squads to Relentless Cup Saturday

Friday, 5th April 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, HEADstrong, High School, Youth  
 

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/5/13

A celebration of Nick Colleluori’s legacy will be held Saturday at Ridley High when the HEADstrong Foundation holds the inaugural Relentless Cup.Relentless Cup

The event features a men’s Division I college game (Hofstra vs. St. Joseph’s), a boys’ and girls’ high school game (Ridley vs. Avon Grove) and dozens of youth games between programs from four states that have close ties to Nick Colleluori or the HEADstrong Foundation.

Colleluori, a Ridley High great who grew up playing Ridley Youth Lacrosse, passed away in 2006 after a lengthy fight against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a lacrosse player at Hofstra.

The morning will gather youth lacrosse teams from Ridley, Clearview Youth of New Jersey, Huntingtown Youth of Maryland, and Rockville Centre Youth of New York’s Long Island.

Then at 3 p.m., two undefeated boys’ teams ranked by Phillylacrosse.com, Avon Grove (5-0) and Ridley (4-0) will square off, followed by the Ridley-Avon Grove girls’ game.

The event is capped at 7 pm. when Nick’s Hofstra Pride (6-4, 1-2) meets St. Joseph’s (5-6, 1-2) in a Colonial Athletic Association contest. St. Joe’s is headed by coach Taylor Wray – who lost his sister-in-law, Caroline Gallagher-Cranston, to blood cancer in 2010.

The high school and college games will be streamed live by AccessLacrosse (www.accesslacrosse.com).

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Proceeds from The Relentless Cup will support Nick’s House™, the Nicholas E. Colleluori Lymphoma Research Fund and the quality of life services offered by the HEADstrong Foundation.

The Relentless Cup is a custom-made, 3-tiered lime green trophy with a cup on top, dedicated to the college winners each year.

The college game, clearly, has much meaning to both teams – each of whom competed at Ridley last fall in the 7th annual Nick Colleluori Classic.

“The lacrosse community is such a tight community to begin with,” said Wray. “When tragedy hits in the lacrosse community, you see everybody banding together to create something positive.

“The Colleluori family has done an amazing job of building Nick’s legacy through the HEADstrong Foundation. It’s doing a lot of good for a lot of people and we’re excited to be a part of such a great cause.”

The college game is believed to be the first night Division I game ever played at a high school field in Philly. Wray said it’s unique to have a college game played right after high school games, and youth games.

“It’s important for the growth of lacrosse in the Philly area,” said Wray, a former captain for the Philadelphia Wings. “You have youth, high school and D1 college lacrosse at one site. There are a lot of great things at play.

“It will be a meaningful day, that’s for sure. I think it will be an opportunity to play in an environment that is larger than what we would normally play in. It will be a festival-like atmosphere, and I think it’s neat exposure for the guys, and great exposure for our program.”

Pat Colleluori, HEADstrong Director of Development, said the event touches all levels of the lacrosse world.

“It celebrates lacrosse at every level for this cause,” he said. “Both programs have been impacted by blood cancer. We are really excited to debut something that’s so new and serves as outreach for lacrosse and for HEADstrong.

Hofstra coach Seth Tierney, a huge supporter of the HEADstrong Foundation, said Nick’s impact on the Hofstra community has continued to grow since his passing.

“We’re awfully thankful to be included in such a great event,” he said. “The Colleluoris mean so much to me personally and to our program and our university.

“Any chance we get to help them and help the battle with research to fight this disease, we’re in. We’re thrilled to be playing on the same field that Nick Colleluori played on. It means a lot to our guys.

“I think what makes this whole event special is the people. A lot of young kids there will be exposed to a very good lacrosse game and they will find out what HEADstrong is all about if they had not already heard. Every component of this event reflects on one quality person after another. That gives you that special gleam to the whole thing.”

The youth teams participating in HEADstrong’s newest event have played a significant role in the life of founder Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori. It was with Ridley Youth Lacrosse that Colleluori first learned to play the game.

Former Ridley Youth coaches Mike Hyland, now of Huntingtown, and Sean Raulph, now of Clearview, have both since relocated and become involved with programs in their communities. Rockville Centre Lacrosse of Long Island has been a huge proponent of the HEADstrong Foundation with involvement in several HEADstrong fundraisers. It is led by Tom Susko.

The Event Timeline

9:00AM-4:30PM – Inter-State Youth Lacrosse Day
3:00PM – Ridley Varsity Boys Lacrosse vs. Avon Grove High School
- Ridley JV Girls Lacrosse vs. Avon Grove High School
4:30PM – Ridley Varsity Girls Lacrosse vs. Avon Grove High School
- Ridley JV Boys Lacrosse vs. Avon Grove High School
7:00PM – The Relentless Cup – Hofstra Men’s Lacrosse vs. Saint Joseph’s University

Admission

$10 for Adults
$5 for Students
Event T-Shirt (Sold In Advance) – Must Wear To The Event

Inter-State Youth Lacrosse Day
Participating Programs
Ridley Youth Lacrosse
Clearview Youth Lacrosse
Huntingtown Youth Lacrosse
Rockville Centre Youth Lacrosse

Official Youth Game Schedule By Program

Ridley Youth Lacrosse
6th Grade
Game 1 – 9:00AM – Clearview 6th – Services Center Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Rockville Centre 6th – Services Center Field
Game 3 – 4:30PM – Huntingtown 6th – Service Center Field
7th Grade
Game 1 – 9:00AM – Clearview 7th – Grass Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Rockville Centre 7th – Pritchard Field
Game 3 – 1:30PM – Huntingtown 7th – Phil Marion Field
8th Grade
Game 1 – 9:00AM – Clearview 8th – Phil Marion Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Rockville Centre 8th – Grace Park Field
Game 3 – 1:30PM – Huntingtown 8th – Grass Field

Clearview Youth Lacrosse
6th Grade
Game 1 – 9:00AM – Ridley 6th – Services Center Field
Game 2 – 1:30PM – Huntingtown 6th – Services Center Field
Game 3 – 3:00PM – Rockville Centre 6th – Services Center Field
7th Grade
Game 1 – 9:00AM – Ridley 7th – Grass Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Huntingtown 7th – Phil Marion Field
Game 3 – 1:30PM – Rockville Centre 7th – Pritchard Field
8th Grade
Game 1 – 9:00AM – Ridley 8th – Phil Marion Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Huntingtown 8th – Grass Field
Game 3 – 1:30PM – Rockville Centre – Grace Park Field

Huntingtown Youth Lacrosse
6th Grade
Game 1 – 10:30AM – Rockville Centre 6th – Services Center Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Ridley 6th – Services Center Field
Game 3 – 4:30PM – Clearview 6th – Service Center Field
7th Grade
Game 1 – 10:30AM – Rockville Centre 7th – Grass Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Clearview 7th – Phil Marion Field
Game 3 – 1:30PM – Ridley 7th – Phil Marion Field
8th Grade
Game 1 – 10:30AM – Rockville Centre 8th – Phil Marion Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM -Clearview 8th – Grass Field
Game 3 – 1:30PM – Ridley 8th – Grass Field

Rockville Center Youth Lacrosse
6th Grade
Game 1 – 10:30AM – Huntingtown 6th – Services Center Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Ridley 6th – Services Center Field
Game 3 – 3:00PM – Clearview 6th – Services Center Field
7th Grade
Game 1 – 10:30AM – Huntingtown 7th – Grass Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Ridley 7th – Pritchard Field
Game 3 – 1:30PM – Clearview 7th – Pritchard Field
8th Grade
Game 1 – 10:30AM – Huntingtown 8th – Phil Marion Field
Game 2 – 12:00PM – Ridley 8th – Grace Park Field
Game 3 – 1:30PM – Clearview 8th – Grace Park Field


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