Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/11/15
Julia Dambly collected five gpals, an assist and four groundballs to lead the Academy of Notre Dame to a 10-9 victory victory this morning over Merion Mercy in the first game of the 7th annual Checking for Cancer Invitational at Agnes Irwin.
The game also was played for the annual Rooney Cup, which serves to benefit the Kelly Rooney Foundation. Kelly Rooney, the mother of three Merion Mercy graduates and one Sacred Heart grad, three of whom played lacrosse, passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer on July 11, 2006.
Checking for Cancer was created to raise money and awareness for the fight against men’s cancers (colorectal, prostate and testicular) and was co-founded seven years ago by Haverford School coach John Nostrant -whose daughter Olivia played lacrosse at Merion Mercy and now plays Dq1 lacrosse at High Point.
“It was honestly such an amazing feeling to have helped contribute to our team’s second Rooney Cup win,” said Dambly. “Before the game our team made a ‘dedication ball’ on which we all wrote down someone’s name who has either fought cancer or has simply overcome an obstacle in their life.
“I think this dedication helped to motivate my team to play their best and reminded us what we were playing for. It’s great to contribute to a cause that so many people are affected by and it is very meaningful to help bring the Rooney Cup to ND!”
Also for Notre Dame, Lauren Brady had two goals and a groundball and Carolina Allen added a goal, two assists and three draw controls while Kat Land had 11 saves.
Caroline Corzel was a standout for Merion Mercy, scoring six goals.
Notre Dame has won four straight games since opening with a 10-goal loss to Agnes Irwin.
“Our coaches have helped tremendously in helping us to work together as a team,” said Dambly. “They have instilled confidence in us that we have never had before, and we are improving every day.”
Agnes Irwin 17, Central Bucks South 7
Lila Barker scored five times and Kristin Burnetta chipped in six points on a goal and five assists to lead the Owls (9-1, 3-1) at the 7th Annual Nike Checking for Cancer Invitational held at Agnes Irwin.
“I thought our defense and pressure were effective today,” said Jenny Duckenfield, Agnes Irwin head coach. “We did a good job on the draw and were able to disrupt their possession with caused turnovers.”
Also for the Owls – ranked No. 3 by Phillylacrosse.com – Hannah Keating and Laura Pansini each had three goals and an assist and Daniella Wright had two goals while Hailey Andress made seven saves.
“The Agnes Irwin community is so happy to host this great event,” said Duckenfield “Our players, students, and parents have all given their time and effort to support Checking for Cancer, the Haverford School, and coach John Nostrant. Thanks to all of our volunteers and generous donors for a fun day.”
Tori Wigand led CB South with three goals and Krysta Reading added a pair.
Boyertown 13, Germantown Friends 7
Hailey Heimbach scored four goals and Hannah Wentzel had two goals and three assists while Hannah Jaskuta added two goals and an assists to lead the Bears.
Greta Meyer scored four goals for GFS.
North Shore (NY) 9, Harriton 8, OT
At the Checking for Cancer tournament played at AIS, North Shore rallied with a rebound goal by Kelly Johanson off an 8 meter with 8 seconds to tie the game at 8. In the 2nd OT, Carlee Janelli scored her fourth goal of the game with 38 seconds left to give the Vikings the victory.
Alex Ladda (3G, 2DCs, 2GBs), Jane Henderson (2G, 2DCs, 2GBs, 1CT) and Laura Lasprogata (3G, 1A, 2DCs, 1GB) led the Rams.