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Philly 1 girls win US Lacrosse National Tourney championship

Monday, 25th May 2009

Categories Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/22/09

Philly 1, a team comprised of Philadelphia underclassmen, rallied for a dramatic 8-7 victory over Baltimore Metro Sunday and claimed the championship in the top flight (Onondaga Division) of the Schoolgirls Division in the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament in Bel Air, Md.

Philly 1, coached by Dee Cross (Upper Dublin) and Lorraine Beers (Archbishop Carroll), went 5-0-1 in the tourney, sponsored by Brine and the HLA Foundation. Taylor Trimble, an Episcopal Academy sophomore and member of the Phantastix Club, was named the prestigious Heather Albert Award for the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. The award is given for performance and spirit.

Trimble scored two goals to spark a comeback in the title game after Philly 1 trailed, 4-1. Trimble’s teammate at EA, junior Avery Curley, scored the final goal of the first half to give Philly a 6-5 lead and EA sophomore Blake McHugh’s second goal made the lead to 7-5.

Baltimore closed to within one twice more, but Philly held the ball for the final three minutes to run out the clock.

Trimble, Curley and McHugh helped Episcopal Academy win the Inter-Ac League crown this year. Trimble noted that – despite having no practices – the girls jelled quickly.

“Honestly, I think it (the championship) happened because a lot of us had known each other before,” she said. “We played against each other and played with each other and, in general, we were really good friends.

“The team chemistry, more than individual talent, made the most difference. We almost forgot where we were and just had fun playing the game. We all came together and celebrated the game.”

Trimble said the team went to the Baltimore area Friday and got to watch the thrilling, double-overtime NCAA semifinal game between eventual champion Northwestern and Penn. They fields in Bel Air were not far from the site of the NCAA playoffs at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Trimble said the championship capped a perfect year for her.

“It was just so amazing seeing how the success we had this year at EA helped coming into this tournament,” Trimble said. “We were so close-knit and that’s why we were successful, and that made it so much fun playing on the Philly team with Avery and Blake.

“The fact we could share that with the other players on the team was great. We got to play with girls who we played against in the regular season. For instance, it was really cool to see Radnor girls passing to Springfield girls to help Philly win.”

Philly 1 had tied Baltimore Metro, 10-10, the first time they met earlier in the two-day tourney. Also receiving mention as finalists for the Heather Albert Award from the Philly 1 team were junior Lauren Purvis (Hatboro-Horsham) and sophomore Sloan Warren (Baldwin School).

By virtue of the championship, the Philly 1 was awarded the Valerie Walchak Trophy. This award is named for the former Haverford High coach who has been a major proponent of girls’ lacrosse at the national level for many years and petitioned the USWLA Board of Directors to establish a Schoolgirl Division at the USWLA National Tournament. A West Chester University graduate, Walchak has played, coached, officiated and managed Philadelphia club teams and associations for many years.

The Philly 1 team last won the crown in 1994, the first year the tournament was held.

Also during the tourney, Philly 2 came in fourth in its division, Philly 3 won its division, and Philly 4 came in third in its division. Lastly, the Philly Senior team lost in the finals.

Philly 1 scores

Philly 1 15, DC Metro (2) 3

Philly 1 14, Western New York (1) 5

Philly 1 14, Eastern Lower New England 6

Philly 1 10, Baltimore Metro (1) 10

Semifinals:  Philly 1 13,  DC Metro ( 1) 8

Championship: Philly 1 8, Baltimore Metro (1) 7

Philly 1 Roster

Shannon Burns, Jr., Springfield-Delco

Courtney Campbell, Jr., Radnor

Margaret Corzel, Jr., Merion Mercy

Amy Cross,  Jr., Upper Dublin

Avery Curley, Jr., Episcopal Academy

Kelly Devlin, Soph., Downingtown East

Alyssa DiBona, Soph., Archbishop Carroll

Alyssa Dunlap,  Jr., Radnor

Kelyn Freedman, Jr., Radnor

Aimee Gennaro, Jr., Archbishop Carroll

Melissa Lloyd, Jr., Unionville

Kim McCormick,  Jr., Springfield-Delco

Blake McHugh, Soph.,  Episcopal Acdemy

Kasey Mock, Jr., Pottstown

Allison Murray, Soph., Downingtown East

Amanda Norcini, Jr., Conestoga

Lauren Purvis, Jr., Hatboro-Horsham

Lindsey Smith, Jr., Unionville

Taylor Trimble,  Soph., Episcopal Academy

Sloan Warren Soph., Baldwin School

Coaches: Lorraine Beers (Archbishop Carroll), Dee Cross (Upper Dublin)



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