Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/7/14
The Katie Samson Foundation has announced the matchups for the 15th annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival at Radnor High. The Katie Samson Festival is the single largest one-day lacrosse invitational in the nation each year.
The Festival – which has raised well over $1 million for spinal cord research and development – will be held at Radnor High on Saturday, April 25, 2015. There will be 14 high school girls’ games and 13 high school boys’ games.
The event features mostly teams from Southeastern PA, but several out-of-state boys’ powers also will compete. The Hill Academy boys, of Ontario, Canada, ranked among the top teams in the nation last year, will face Central League power Radnor. Brunswick School (CT), a new England prep power, will meet Inter-Ac League and Invitational champion Malvern Prep, which was undefeated in 2014. Also, NJ prep power Lawrenceville School will meet Inter-Ac power Haverford School.
One of the marquee girls’ games will feature defending Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Garnet Valley and Inter-Ac co-champion Agnes Irwin. The other Inter-Ac co-champion, Episcopal Acadeny, will meet state qualifier Conestoga.
Katie Samson attended Radnor High School where she was a goal keeper for the girls’ lacrosse team. She went on to study Art History at Middlebury College where she also played Division III lacrosse and helped her team capture a National Championship in 1999. The following winter, Katie’s suffered a spinal cord injury while sledding in a nearby park and became a quadriplegic.
As a Museum Educator at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and an Adjunct Instructor at West Chester University and Jefferson University, Samson plays adaptive sports and is a noted advocate for people with disabilities.
For the past 15 years, Samson’s family and the Katie Samson Foundation volunteers have continued to raise money to support spinal cord injury research and increase the quality of life for people with disabilities. As a peer mentor for people who have suffered spinal cord injury, she encourages her mentees to seek out adaptive sports and therapeutic programs that have had such a positive effect on her life.
Click here for Katie Samson Foundation/Festival website.
15th Annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival matchups (times, fields TBA).
Archbishop Carroll HS v. Shipley School
Brunswick School (CT) v. Malvern Prep
Cardinal O’Hara HS v. Great Valley HS
Central Bucks South HS v. Lower Merion HS
Conestoga HS v. Downingtown East HS
Downingtown West HS v. Emmaus HS
Episcopal Academy v. Hun School
Garnet Valley HS v. St. Joseph’s Prep
Germantown Academy v. Hill School
Harriton HS v. Rustin HS
Haverford School v. Lawrenceville School (NJ)
Radnor HS v. Hill Academy (Ontario, Canada)
Spring-Ford HS v. Strath Haven HS
Abington HS v. Strath Haven HS
Boyertown HS v. Harriton HS
Conestoga HS v. Episcopal Academy
Downingtown West HS v. Springfield-Delco HS
Garnet Valley HS v. Agnes Irwin School
Haverford HS v. William Penn Charter School
WC Henderson HS v. Friends Central School
Lower Merion HS v. Shipley School
Methacton HS v. Hill School
Radnor HS v. Great Valley HS
Unionville HS v. Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy
Upper Dublin HS v. Academy of Notre Dame
Archbishop Carroll HS v. Merion Mercy Academy
Germantown Academy v. Villa Maria Academy