Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/28/15
From Press Release
Tickets remain available for the 2nd annual PNC Lacrosse Invitational tonight at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.
The showcase, by Corrigan Sports Enterprises, features two games pairing four of the top nationally ranked boys’ high school lacrosse teams from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
St. Paul’s School-MD (4-2 and Under Consideration in the Epoch Lacrosse North America Rankings) vs. Georgetown Prep-MD (5-0, No. 16) at 6:30 p.m.
McDonogh School-MD (4-1, No. 4) vs. Episcopal Academy-PA (3-0, No. 5), at approximately 8:30 p.m..
Episcopal Academy was only 8-13 last year, but have gotten off to a brilliant start at 3-0, including a one-goal victory last Saturday over then-No. 1 Culver Military Academy (IN).
“The Churchmen last year were young and we had a lot of inexperience,” said EA coach Andy Hayes at the pre-tourney press conference. “We came down to MvcDonogh last year and it certainly was a long game.
“But (our) guys are a year older and we have some older guys that are special players so we are really looking forward to playing McDonogh.”
McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner said at the press conference that his team is looking forward to the game.
“For our guys to play in a first class venue like Ridley Complex is exciting,” said McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner. “We have played our opponent, Episcopal Academy, a number of times. We’re just excited; it’s just a great game.”
Charlie Horning, the first-year head coach at Georgetown Prep, said his club is thrilled for the challenge of meeting St. Paul’s, the MIAA runner-up last year.
“We’re trilled to be invited to the PNC Invitational,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to be at a college venue to play such a great opponent like St. Paul’s, a perennial power.”
St. Paul’s coach Rick Brocato said the rivalry with Georgetown Prep is intense.
“It’s a really storied rivalry for us,” he said. “It goes back to 1995 when we started playing against them. We got the best of them early on and the last 11 years it’s been back and fourth.
“This is good for both programs. It’s our home game but I was happy to give it up to be in the PNC event. It’s a first-class event and to be able to play Georgetown Prep is just exciting for our kids. It’s great to continue the tradition at Loyola’s Division I complex.”
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