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Checking for Cancer: Haverford handles La Costa Canyon (CA); Garden City (NY), Salisbury (CT) win

Sunday, 13th April 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/13/14

HAVERFORD, Pa. – It was an impressive victory for host Haverford School Saturday when it blitzed La Costa Canyon (CA), 19-4.

But the Fords had a lot more to play for than a seven-game win streak when it hosted the annual Checking for Cancer Invitational.

Haverford School's Phil Poquie heads downfield during Saturday's win

Haverford School’s Phil Poquie heads downfield during Saturday’s win (for

The 10-game event – which featured five boys’ games and five more girls’ games at nearby Agnes Irwin – was co-founded by the Fords’ coach John Nostrant, a prostate cancer survivor. It has raised $200,000 to fight men’s cancers (testicular, prostate, colorectal) and focuses on early detection through education.

The Fords (9-2) also dedicated the game to teammate Kip Taviano, who died in a car accident shortly before graduation last year, as well as those lost in the past year to cancer.

Junior attackman Grant Ament (Penn State) had three goals and three assists to earn his team’s MVP award. Haverford raced to a 14-2 halftime lead and then emptied its bench against a La Costa Canyon (7-4) team that was finishing a long eastern trip that included games vs. Georgetown Prep (MD) and Salesianum School (DE).

“We were all here early this morning, and we were lucky enough to have a donor give us new helmets,” said Ament. “We knew we had to play for that donor, for Kip and to honor others that have passed in the last year. That’s what we focused on.”

Senior attackman Jared Maffucci (two goals) was named the Mavericks’ MVP.

Grant Ament

Grant Ament

Ament said his team is beginning to jell, even despite injuries to senior captains Peter Blynn (midfielder, out for year with knee injury) and Connor Keating (defenseman/LSM, hoping to return soon from knee injury).

“We’re luckily starting to click; we have so much talent on this team it’s crazy,” said Ament. “We were focusing on defense and I think everyone stepped up. On offense, we were consistent in getting the job done.”

Salisbury School (CT) 13, Penn Charter 8

Post-graduate attackman Justin Guterding had six goals and two assists and was named the Crimson Knights MVP. Guterding was playing in front of a large crowd that included his old friends from Garden City – which was gearing to play vs. Bronxville. Guterding led Garden City to consecutive New York Class B state titles in 2012 and 2013.

“It’s an awesome feeling; we all know it’s a good cause and we all played for someone (affected by cancer),” said Guterding. “That really paid off. We were motivated.”

Penn Charter (2-9), led by Pierce Kraft (three goals) and game MVP Luke Stansfield (two goals), seized a 3-1 lead and remained tied with the Crimson Knights (3-2), 5-5, at halftime. Sophomore goalie Sean McKee (16 saves) also was strong for the Quakers.

But Salisbury – whose only losses are to powers Navala Academy Prep and Hill Academy (Ontario) – dominated the third period with a 6-2 surge.

Garden City 4, Bronxville 2

Senior goalie Dan Dolan (UMass) had seven saves and was named MVP and freshman JP Basile had the game-winner late in the third period and also the insurance goal to lift the Trojans (6-1).

The Broncos (3-3) took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, but Garden City’s defense of Matt Borges, Cullen Minion, Tom Wright and Brian Colamussi as well as defensive middie Tim McDonagh shut the door.

“The event is awesome,” said Dolan, whose team went to Checking for Cancer two years ago and knocked off No. 1 Conestoga. “Coach (Steve Finnell) said that cancer affects everyone so we all played for someone.

“We had to settle down; we were antsy and nervous, but we started playing defense and talking. We came together well; the D did an awesome job and made it easy for me.

Bronxville sophomore goalie Andrew Harwood (12 saves) was named his team’s MVP.

“Teams were playing some of the best squads in the country,” said Harwood. “It was neat to see kids from California coming out. It was tough to get the loss, but it was a great experience.”

Haverford School 19, La Costa Canyon 4
HS 3-11-3-2- 19
LCC 0-2-1-1- – 4

Forry Smith 2g
Shane McBride 2g
Grant Ament 3g, 3a
Drew Supinski 1g
Brendan O’Neill 2g
Phil Poquie 1a
Tyler Will 2g, 1a
Brendan Jacob 1g, 1a
Tommy McNamara 1a
Jeff Odiorne 1g, 2a
Connor Black 1g, 1a
Corey Richards 1g
Jack Appiacfuocco 1g
Eli Tills 1g
Billy Holmes 1g
John Nostrant 1a
Alex DeMarco 5 saves,
Elliott Avis 3 saves,
Logan Atkins 3 saves

LaCosta Canyon
Jared Maffucci 2g
Devin Orr 1g
Cameron Ziegler 1g
Dino Renna 1a
Patrick Dahl 10 saves

Salisbury School (CT) 13, Penn Charter 8
Salisbury School 1-4-6-2- 13
Penn Charter 3-2-2-1 – 8

Salisbury School
Justin Guterding 6g, 2a
Hilleary Hoskinson 1g, 2a
Michael Henesey 1g, 1a
Matthew Gaudet 1g, 1a
Colin Giblin 1g, 2a
Connor O’Hara 2g
Jake Levine 1a
Jared Mintzlaff 1g
Ambrose Givens 7 saves

Pierce Kraft 3 goals
Luke Stansfield. 2 goals
Drew Murray 1 goal
Dean Roseman 1 goal 1 assist
Cody Sweeney 1 goal. 1 assist
Sean McKee 16 saves

Garden City (NY) 4, Bronxville (NY) 2
Garden City 0-1-2-1- 4
Bronxville-0-2-0-0- 2

Garden City
J.P. Basile 2g
James Sullivan 1g
Luke McDaid 1g
Kieran Byrnes 1a
Tim McDonagh 1a
Dan Dolan 7 saves

Henry Grass 1g
Will Duncan 1g
Andrew Harwood 12 saves

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