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Checking for Cancer: Girls’ games help tourney growth; Merion Mercy, Germantown Friends remain undebeaten

Sunday, 15th April 2012

Categories Girl's/Women's, HS summaries, Posted 4/15/12
Staff Report

Bonnie McShane collected four goals and five assists and Julianne D’Orazio had four goals, two assists and three draw controls to lead undefeated Merion Mercy to a 16-9 victory Saturday over Downingtown East in one of two girls’ lacrosse games play at the 4th annual Nike Checking for Cancer invitational at Haverford School.

The Bears, who jumped to a 10-5 lead at halftime, improved to 7-0 while the Cougars fell to 3-4.

This is the second year that girls’ games were held in the tourney, which promotes early detection for three men’s cancers: Prostate, Colorectal and Testicular.

Olivia Nostrant added three goals, one assist and two draw controls for Merion Mercy. Nostrant is the daughter of Haverford School coach John Nostrant, a prostate cancer survivor who created the event along with Georgetown Prep coach Kevin Giblin (colon cancer survivor).

“It really means a lot, now even more with the girls involved,” said Olivia Nostrant. “It’s grown. The tournament is really making people aware of the whole situation and it’s really making a difference.”

Nostrant’s team was excited to compete against the defending District 1 champions in the national setting.

“I think after we were asked to be in the tournament we all knew what it was about,” she said. “We were all excited to play.

“Our team is really coming out and playing well together. We worked hard and we came out early and scored a lot of goals in the beginning.”

“It really helps the tournament and it really made a difference.

Also for Merion Mercy, goalie Caili Guilday made nine saves and Ro Hurley and Katie Fitzpatrick each scored twice while Monica O’Hara had four draw controls.

Germantown Friends 17, Agnes Irwin 6

Senior Iris Williamson (Iris Williamson had six goals, two assists, four groundballs and a draw control while freshman Annie Tyson had a career high five goals while Isabella DiDio did a solid job marking AIS’s best player and tallied three goals and two assists for the undefeated Tigers (6-0).

GFS scored 10 goals in the second half to break open a tight game by pickeding up the pace of its midfield transition. The GFS defense (anchored by captain Alex Clarke as well as Caroline Myran, Sophie Mercuris, Caryn Miller and freshmen Greta Meyer and Grayson Melby) held AIS scoreless for over 23 minutes in the second half.

Lauren Shinn had seven saves in goal to spark the GFS run. Iris Williamson dominated the field, the entire AIS midfield could not keep up with her playmaking.

Kelly Manning led Agnes Irwin with a goal.

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