Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/2/09
Tom Hammond scored the game-winner n the final minutes of play to lift the Avon Grove club team to a 6-5 thriller over the Dawgs A (Downingtown West) in the “A” Division finals of the 6th Annual Brian Houshower Lacrosse Festival Saturday at Downingtown Middle School.
The Dawgs jumped out to a 4-1 halftime lead, but Avon Grove battled back. AG drew within 4-2 on a fastbreak goal by Pat Brodie, with an assist from Damian Sobiesky.
Anthony DiNenno, who dominated at the face-off X, helped set up another possession that led to the third score as Trevor Hornby converted the goal. DiNenno won another face-off and Tim Golder (two goals) tied it, 4-4. The teams traded goals before Hammond notched the game-winner off a feed from Hornby.
The Avon Grove defense was led by Matt Frey, David Cardile, Darren Kushto, Jack Herrington and freshman LSM Matt King while Tom Malone was strong in goal. The rest of the Avon Grove roster included Eric Waibel, Matt Schroeder, Zach Wegman, Matt Darkow, Mackenzie Turnbull, Brendan Fabian and Colin Peck.
Avon Grove, which won the Blue Division, also defeated Conshy Lacrosse A (Plymouth Whitemash), the Lions (Penncrest) and Green Eagles (Bishop Shanahan). The Dawgs claimed the Gold Division title.
Washington Township (N.J.) won the “B” Division crown, toppling the Blue Eagles, 3-2, in the title game.
Twenty teams participated in the event to remember the spirit of Houshower, the Downingtown West student-athlete who died six years ago in a car accident at the age of 16. Despite a light drizzle all day and a muddy field, the players were credited by directors and coaches for their sportsmanship in Brian’s memory.
Roster for Washington Township (B Division champion)
Ryan Maiden FR 3 Attack
Alex Dennery FR 47 Attack
Brant Foussadier FR 44 Goalie
Collin Broderick SO 25 Attack
Patrick Mullin SO 13 Long Pole
Mike Ginn SO 14 Middie
Brandon Wattingham SO 12 Middie
Chris Paulo SO 4 Middie
Ian Mitchell SO 8 Middie
Brian Robbins SO 20 Middie
Jeremy Pierson JR 24 Attack
Matt Birgman JR 18 Defense
Mark Maglio JR 15 Defense
Ryan Francisco JR 10 Defense
Matt Borie JR 46 Goalie
Reggie Torrevillas JR 21 Long Pole
Steven Chapman JR 1 Middie
Josh Rhodes SR Defense
Rayd Barqawi JR Attack