Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/11/13
Henderson senior Owen Evans scored three goals and was named the “Bauer Blue Collar” recipient for the second straight year as the host Warriors claimed a 14-1 victory tonight over West Chester East before a large crowd that came to honor a beloved lacrosse coach at the 2nd Annual “Drew Bauer Memorial City Championship” game.
Mike Medykiewicz had five goals and an assist for Henderson, which improved to 2-0 in the Ches-Mont League and 7-1 overall. East dropped to 0-2 and 0-7.
The outcome of the game was not nearly as important as the chance to honor Drew Bauer, who died two summers ago in a boating accident in the Sassafras River on the Chesapeake in Maryland. Drew played at East and was a popular coach for many years in the West Chester Youth and Keystone Games.
Drew coached many of the players in the West Chester area. This game was created to recognize his spirit and impact on the community.
“The game does mean a lot to our team and to East,” said Evans, who was coached by Bauer in West Chester youth. “It doesn’t matter what the records are going into the game – we were playing for Drew, no matter what, we were playing our hearts out.
“It’s great to be honored with this award. Drew was a great person. And everyone came out and supported it. The environment was great. Both East and Henderson fans came out; it was fun to play in front of them.”
Evans was awarded a $100 gift card by Lacrosse International for the second straight year.
WC East coach Jim Schorn, a close friend to Drew and his family, created the memorial event to recognize Drew’s many contributions to the sport and to youth lacrosse with West Chester’s strongest rivalry (Drew played at East and his brother, Nate, was an East graduate while his brother, Sam, graduated from Henderson).
Schorn’s club team, “Man Up,” also donated a Cascade Pro7 helmet last year that shows East’s colors on one side and Henderson’s on the other to honor the game and the rivalry. Henderson will again get to keep the helmet in its school.
Drew began coaching youth lacrosse when he was a sophomore at West Chester East and continued coaching after attending college at St. Joseph’s University. He coached several years for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Penn Stars youth team and had been coaching in the West Chester Lacrosse Association since 1998.
Drew, the son of WCLA President Mike Bauer, also coached for many years with the Chester County U-15 team at the Keystone Games as the defensive coordinator. He was to serve as an assistant for the team that competes last summer in the annual event at State College. Drew, along with Schorn, coached Chester County to the gold medal at the Keystone Games in 2010.
“My son grew up with Drew and they played against one another,” said Henderson coach Paul Stankewicz, who has been coaching at Henderson since 1969 and as head coach since 1982. “It’s always a battle.
“Drew played for East and I coached his brother, Sam, who played at Henderson. This is quite a cross-town rivalry.
“The Bauers are just the greatest people. they have done so much for the community; not just for lacrosse, but overall in the sport arena.”
Henderson 14 WC East 1
Owen Evans 3g
Spencer Rymiszewski 4a
Mike Medykiewicz 5g 1a
Corey Dazkewicz 2g
Adam Weaver 1g
Noah Richard 1g
Cody Pascale 1g
Austin Breathauer 1g
Chase Heisman 10 Saves
Brian Hoffman 1g
Alex Steibritz 11 Saves