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No. 12 Top Story of 2010: Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival embodies spirit of living life to its fullest

Wednesday, 5th January 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, Girl's/Women's, High School  

This is one of a series of articles counting down the Top 20 Stories of Philly lacrosse for 2010 Posted 1/5/11

In 10 years, the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival at Radnor High has become known as one of the top scholastic tournaments in the nation.

A special presentation was made at the 10th Annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival for a $10,000 donation to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital on behalf of the Katie Samson Foundation. From left (bottom) are Magee wheelchair sports coordinator AJ Nanayakkara, athlete Heather Schultz, Katie Samson (top), Fox 29's Jennaphr Fredericks, Guy Fried, MD, of Magee, Foundation President Murray Grossman, the Phillie Phanatic and Magee VP for Development &PR Ronald Siggs

In 2010, the 10th annual event drew a record 54 teams, the most of any tourney in the nation, and pushed its total money raised for spinal cord research to over the $1 million mark.

The event honors the spirit of its namesake, Katie Samson, a Radnor alum who became paralyzed from the chest down in a sledding accident months after leading Middlebury College (CT) to the NCAA Division III lacrosse championship 11 years ago. Samson has been a proponent for those with spinal cord injuries to continue to participate in sports and live a full life.

Samson’s athletic skills cannot be denied. In last year’s event, she played in a men’s rugby wheelchair game as a member of the Magee Eagles. The game was probably more physical than many of the 13 boys’ lacrosse games played on six fields at the Radnor complex.

In all, 27 scholastic lacrosse games were played as well as adaptive games in basketball and tennis and, of course, rugby. Thousands of lacrosse and sports fans attended as nearly all of the top lacrosse teams in the Philadelphia region participated.

The event raised $127,660 and over the 10 years, it’s raised $1,038,621. At the end of the 2010 calendar, $1,001,350 has been distributed for spinal cord injury research, to programs that assist the rehabilitation and quality of life, and to pay for uninsured rehabilitation expenses of victims of spinal cord injury.

With all the contributions from the Katie Samson Foundation and Katie Samson herself, has named the event the No. 12 Story of the year in Philly lacrosse.

Before the boys’ game between eventual state champion Conestoga – coached by Samson’s brother, Brian – and Malvern Prep, a presentation was made by Foundation officials for $10,000 to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

Katie Samson gave a speech where she acknowledged the growth of adaptive sports, the spirit of the Katie Samson Festival and the enormous contributions made by local volunteers from the Radnor lacrosse community.

“I love seeing so many teams out here, and the sportsmanship is phenomenal,” Samson said to the crowd. “Everyone is supporting one another and sticking around and watching other games.

“The adaptive sports program is really important and has a lot of impact on my life. It’s great to have that here for the second year in a row.

“We just keep growing and growing and I really and appreciate the amount of volunteers that make all the effort to make this day possible.”

Girls’ Roundup of games at 10th Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival
Unionville 21, Notre Dame 16

After losing two straight games following a 7-0 start, Unionville was in need of a lift Saturday when it met Inter-Ac League power Notre Dame.

And thanks to a strong passing game, the Indians (8-2) earned a huge victory over the Irish (6-2).

“This is a big confidence booster, coming off two really trough losses,” said Unionville coach Wendy Landry, whose squad fell to Strath Haven and Great Valley. “We didn’t play how we needed to play as a team in those losses.

“We made the adjustments we needed to make from the losses and we played such a nice passing game.”

Erin Linthicum, celebrating her birthday, led Unionville with six goals, three caused turnovers and one assist. Lindsey Smith had five goals, three draw controls, three caused turnovers and one assist and Lizzy Carney contributed seven draw controls, four goals and two assists. Lisa Riondet had two goals and two assists and Jill Murray scored twice. Jackie Thaeder added four draw controls.

“They have some awesome shooters and I thought defensively we didn’t adjust as much,” said Landry. “But all in all we were trying to control the draw, which I think we did nicely. And we wanted to get into our quick passing game, which worked for us.”

Kristen Bandos led the Irish with seven goals and Nora McCallion added four while Bree Buysse had three goals and one assist.

Shipley School 15, Penncrest 6

Brooke Truskey scored five goals and Tara Stokes added four to lead the Gators to the victory.

Caroline Moore led Penncrest with two goals.

Baldwin School 15, Bayard Rustin 12

Sloan Warren poured in six goals while Hilary Gray, Jennie Wigrizer, Lauren Rhodes and Alice Matthai each had two to lead the Bears to the win.

Abbey Brewer led Rustin with four goals while Jen Walsh and Julie Tatios each had three.

Great Valley 12, Friends’ Central 10

Collen O’Malley scored the game-winner and had five goals while Ali Ali Karwoski added three goals as the Patriots remained undefeated.

Gracie Pearlman led the Phoenix with five goals and Emily Brodsky added three while goalie Emily Belkoff was a standout in the net.

Upper Dublin 17, Springside 6

Amy Cross fired in five goals and Kelly Cross contributed four goals and five assists while Brooke Callahan had four goals to pace the undefeated Cardinals to the win.

Michele DeVincent, Steph Speese, Kaley Weinstein and Jamie Black led a strong UD defense and Anna Lauer made nine saves.

Nicole Lombardo had three goals and one assist while Lindsay Yang had two goals for Springside.

Strath Haven 13, Merion Mercy 7

Ana White led a balanced attack with three goals and three assists while Jenna Frost and Sara Carzo each scored three goals as the Panthers notched the final seven goals of the game and claimed the victory.

Clare Sherry, Caroline Muprhy, Summer O’Donnell and Caroline Kelly led a strong SH defense.

Emily Corcoran led Merion Mercy with four goals and Margaret Corzel scored twice.

Springfield-Delco 11, Episcopal Academy 4

Janel Folkomer made 13 saves, Lindsey Mace collected five goals and two assists while Shannon Burns and Valerie Paolucci each had two goals to lead the undefeated Cougars.

Alexa Buckley scored two goals and Ashley McCormick and Blake McHugh each had three draw controls for EA.

Abington 14, Germantown Friends 9

Courtney Cox had six goals and Molly Seefried added five goals and two assists to lead the Ghost to the win.

Goalie Emily Towey made eight saves while Cox, Seefried and Courtney Enderle each had three groundballs and Liz Wilson caused two turnovers to lead the defense.

Betsy Sachs led the Tigers with three goals.

Archbishop Carroll 12, Conestoga 4

Aimee Gennaro pumped in six goals and Hannah Schmtt had five to pace the Pioneers to the triumph.

Kerstin Hjelm led the Pioneers with three goals.

Harriton 12, Penn Charter 11

Laura Walzer tallied four goals and Carleigh Foust added three to help the Rams edge the Quakers.

Kellie Ragg and Kate Higgins each had three goals for PC.

Methacton 13, Bishop Shanahan 12, OT

Abby Devlin (three goals, one assist) sscored the game-winner in overtime and Emily Kellett collected four goals and three assists while Megan Nearing had three goals and two assists for the Warriors.

Radnor 23, Villa Maria Academy 10

Courtney Campbell collected six goals and two assists and Kelyn Freedman had four goals and six assists as the undefeated Red Raiders pulled away in the second half to top the Hurricanes.

Ridley 14, Germantown Academy 11

Carly McColgan tallied five goals to lead the Red Raiders to the triumph.

Brooke Kiley had four goals and Alex Farris three for GA.

Boys’ Recap of games at 10th Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival
Springfield-Delco 6, St. Joseph’s Prep 5, OT

Colin Keegan scored off a feed from Jordan Demcher 38 seconds into the second overtime to lift Springfield-Delco past St. Joseph’s Prep.

The victory improved the Cougars’ record to 10-1 overall. The Prep fell to 5-5.

Austin Kaut made 12 saves in goal for the Cougars and Joe Venit scored twice while Bobby Gildea, Josh Cavanaugh and Larry McLaughlin scored once each.

Jeff Heath led the Hawks with a pair of goals and Mike Zikoski was standout in the nets with 15 saves.

“We’re really fortunate to be a part of this event,” said St. Joe’s Prep coach Eric Gregg. “Peter Samson (Katie’s father) was one of my first coaches for Ashbee and a lot of my players are from this area and relish the opportunity.

“Hats off to coach (Mike) Friel (of Springfield). They got through a (tough) week by beating Conestoga and Penncrest and then by beating us. Their midfielders played well and Sparky (Kaut) was great.

“I have coached him and watched him grow and develop and he is the real deal. He is one of the best in Pennsylvania. I also think Mike Zikoski is right behind him and is keeping us in games all up and down the East Coast against great competition.”

Abington 14, Downingtown East 10

Matt Rambo scored four goals and Rich Rambo, Joey Jones and Anthony Hensley each had three to lead the Ghosts past the Cougars.

Downingtown West 12, Strath Haven 6

Brad Shenberger scored three goals and Ryan Higgins, Connor Mullen and Eric Sanders chipped in two goals each as the Whippets raced out to a 9-1 lead and improved to 10-1.

Mark Dolphin led the Panthers with two goals.

Haverford School 10, Emmaus 8

Carl Walrath had four goals and one assist and Brandan McGrath had two goals as the Fords survived a battle with the Green Hornets.

Will Scott had two goals and two assists for Emmaus while Zach Schleicher had two goals and an assist and Alex Kuehner had two goals. Joe Magargal had 15 saves

Germantown Academy 7, Radnor 5

Beau Jones netted three goals and had one assist, Reid Weber had a goal and an assist and Jacon Adoni made 10 saves to lead the Patriots past the Red Raiders.

Spencer Lussier and Harrison Lawrence each scored twice for Radnor.

La Salle 12, Lower Merion 4

Dan Losier scored three goals while Christian Cardinal and Patricj Resch each had a pair and Victor Garcia made six saves as the Explorers topped the Aces.

Jordan Wolf led Lower Merion with two goals and an assist.

Episcopal Academy 8, Lawrenceville (NJ) 4

Shane Morrell had two goals and two assists and Chase Growney and Tyler Odell each had two goals while Mac Lee made eight saves to lead the Churchmen to the victory.

Conestoga 8, Malvern Prep 1

Pete Bowers scored two goals and Peter Zonino made eight saves to lead the Pioneers to the victory.

Andrew O’Connell was a standout in goal for the Friars, making 14 saves.

Brunswick (CT) 20, Penn Charter 8

Tyler Earley scored three goals and Joey Sankey had two goals and two assists for the Quakers in their loss to Brunswick.

Archbishop Carroll 7, Shipley School 6

JT Sellman scored three goals and Brian Keith scored twice as the Patriots dealt the Gators their first loss of the year.

Hatboro-Horsham 14, Archbishop Wood 3

Jake Durkin had four goals and two assists and Ryan Kreston collected three goals and two assists to lead the Hatters.

Tatnall (DE) 9, Unionville 8, OT

Nolan Morris (two goals) scored the game-winner in overtime to lift Tatnall.

Richard Kaiser led Unionville with three goals and Billy Donovan had two goals and one assist.

Bishop Shanahan 14, Haverford High 3

Keegan Lawton collected three goals and three assists while Mike Thompson added three goals and Jim Stanley and Peter Marion each had two goals and one assist for the Eagles (8-2).

Kyle Holeton won 11 face-offs for Shanahan. Mike Leyden led Haverford with two goals.


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