Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/9/14
Junior Noah Richard had five goals and one assist and was named the prestigious “Blue Collar” winner Tuesday night in helping lead visiting Henderson to a 15-10 victory over West Chester East in the 3rd Annual “Drew Bauer City Championship Memorial Game.”
The game honors the memory of Drew Bauer, who died three summers ago in a boating accident in Maryland. Drew played at WC East and was a popular and beloved coach for many years in the West Chester Youth and Keystone Games. The “Blue Collar” winner exemplifies Drew’s commitment to the sport and the many attributes Drew showed as a player, coach and person.
“I didn’t know Drew personally, but I know the Bauer family and I can just imagine the player and person he was by the selfless hours they have given to the lacrosse community,” said Richard. “It’s a great honor. Both teams played tough and it could have gone either way tonight.”
Richard helped the Warriors improve to 5-3 and 2-0 in the Ches-Mont. East fell to 2-6 and 1-2 in the league.
But the Vikings never let Henderson breathe too easy. Henderson led just 10-8 after three periods and had to remained poised.
Nick Meyers led East with four goals and Matt Hahn added three. Goalies Jeff Sherman (seven saves) and Billy Kyle (five) made 12 saves and Eric Frye won 17 of 23 face-offs. For Henderson, Cody Pascale had three goals and two assists and Nick Rizzo and Luke Pennington each had two goals and an assist while Eric Beren made 13 saves.
“Our strategy was to keep moving the ball around,” said Richard. “Their goalies were making great saves. We wanted to maintain possession on offense and keep the ball out of the hands of their scorers. They had some good scorers.”
The event drew a large crowd. Youth players attended free with a West Chester youth shirt. Any player that comes from West Chester has a connection to the Bauer family since Drew is the son of West Chester Lacrosse Association President Mike Bauer.
By winning the Blue Collar award, Richard received a $150 gift certificate to Lacrosse International.
“I feel this is even even more than a lacrosse game; it’s a celebration of Drew’s life, a celebration of what the Bauers have done for the lacrosse community and a celebration of a rivalry between Henderson and East,” said Richard. “It’s also a celebration of West Chester lacrosse.”
WC East coach Jim Schorn, who coached with Drew and is close to the Bauer family, created the game and the two-sided helmet that goes to the winning team. He said the game is special and that this year’s was the most competitive game yet of the three years it was dedicated to Drew.
Long time Henderson coach Paul Stankewicz agreed.
“It is great to have a community event that involves lacrosse,” he said. “Both teams showed those present a real passion for the game and a love and respect for the Bauer family.”
Henderson 15, West Chester East 10
WC East 3-1-4-2-10
Noah Richard 5g 1a
Cody Pascale 3g 2a
Nick Rizzo 2g 1a
Luke Pennington 2g 1a
John Ziesel 1g 2a
Greg O’Neill 1g
Jack Twohig 1g
Eric Beren 13 saves
West Chester East
Matt Hahn 3g
Nick Meyers 4g
Jack Phelan 1g
Jon Roberts 1g
Chris Gleason 1g
Jeff Sherman 7 saves
Billy Kyle 5 save
Eric Frye 17 of 23 FO
Steve Phelan, Matt Erfle, JD Carroll and Chris Karagillian all played solid D