By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/16/11
La Salle scored six goals in the first six minutes of the game and rolled to a 12-4 victory over Wilton (Conn.) today in the 3rd annual “Checking for Cancer” Invitational at Haverford School.
The Explorers won their fifth straight game and second straight against a team ranked high in the ESPN RISE Powerade Fab 50. La Salle, which had started the season with three losses, handed No. 24 St. Joseph’s Prep an 11-10 defeat Wednesday and this time toppled the No. 26 team.
Matt Rambo tallied four goals for the Explorers (ranked No. 48 by ESPN RISE) while fellow sophomore midfielder Sean Coleman had two goals and two assists. Kevin Forster had two goals and an assist and Zack Jones had a goal and an assist as the Explorers took a 9-2 lead into halftime.
Coleman said the Explorers came together after the 0-3 start
“Even after the first three games, no one got down,” he said. “We just got determined and everyone made it their job to come to every practice and work harder.”
Coleman said Rambo, who transferred from Abington, has begun to jell with he and the rest of the offense.
“I think the more we play in practice the better we get,” he said. “We are getting to kno each other’s habits and where everyone is going. But we still have a lot we need to work on.”
La Salle also got a boost today from Will Rate at the face-off X and solid work on defense from close defenders Mark DiFrangia, Casey Eidenshink, Jim DeCarlo and Alex Carapeliotti and long stick midfielders Andrew Eidenshink, George Uhrich and Andrew Grajewski. Cory Shaffer and Jojn Lawlor handled the goaltending chores.
Jack Bogorowski, Adam Stefanowicz and Casey Gillespie also scored once each.
Michael Francia had two goals for Wilton.
Georgetown Prep (MD) 11, Delbarton (NJ) 6
The Hoyas (10-2) dumped the Green Wave (4-2) as Bobby Gribbin (three goals, one assist) and Kyle Shanahan (three goals) paced the attack.
Georgetown Prep coach Kevin Giblin said he has been cancer-free from colon cancer for two full years. Two years ago – at the inaugural ‘Checking for Cancer’ Invite – he was still receiving a final round of chemotherapy and admits it was very difficult to coach.
Today, he is optimistic.
“They got on us early, 3-0, but we stayed focused and we got a big goal from our defenseman. We made it 3-3 at half. And then coach Kub (Mike Kubik) had an idea to score some goals and we executed in the second half.
“It’s a nice out-of-league game. It’s tough for us, we have a prom tonight. But I’m two years out since my last chemo treatment, my blood work is good. I tell this to John; we’re going to keep coming to this.
“I have been to the brink; I’ve been sick sick. If one person gets an early screening for testicular or colon or prostate cancer and they don’t have to go through what I went through, that’s really all I want.”