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Emmaus defeats Southern Lehigh, 8-5, on Relentless Hope Cancer Awareness Night

Saturday, 29th April 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/29/17
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Despite seeing his host Spartans fall to Emmaus, 8-5, Thursday in the Relentless Hope Cancer Awareness Night, Southern Lehigh coach Ty Souders said the game was a win-win for all involved.

Emmaus and Southern Lehigh lacrosse teams

“Both local communities came out in full force not just to support our guys on the field, but to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer,” said Souders, himself a former Emmaus standout who also played his college ball in the Lehigh Valley at Lehigh University. “I was proud of how both teams handled the pregame festivities, and while we certainly did not put our best effort out on the field, the night will ultimately be judged a huge success for the amount of good it will do.”

Parkland High junior Brody Boyer, who underwent a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, is receiving aid from the HEADstrong Foundation. He participated in a ceremonial faceoff before the game and is seen here in the white shirt and white cap.

The game serves as a fundraiser for two organizations. Southern Lehigh represented the HEADstrong Foundation and Emmaus backed the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The event featured merchandise and bake sales and several raffles.

Parkland High School junior Brody Boyer, who underwent a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, is receiving aid from the HEADstrong Foundation. He participated in a ceremonial faceoff before the game.

Elizabeth McGee, mother of former Emmaus player Kevin McGee, spoke on behalf of PanCAN prior to the game. McGee’s husband, Jerry, is a survivor of pancreatic cancer, which is among the deadliest diseases in the United States.

The game was also key for Emmaus, which had lost five straight contests. The Green Hornets (9-6) scored two goals in the final 11 seconds of the first half, including a long-range strike from Tyler Corpora (two goals, two assists) with the clock expiring, to take a 6-2 lead. See the goal here.

Blake Speicher and Gabe Vansuch each added two goals for Emmaus.

“It was a very important win for us, we have been in a little bit of a slump and it has given us confidence at the perfect time of the season,” said Corpora.

“It means a lot to the community because many people have been affected by cancer. This night brings everyone together to spread awareness and to raise money to help anyone families affected by these terrible diseases.

“I have been fortunate enough that nobody close to me has been affected by cancer. But a teammate and friend of mine, his father passed away from cancer and this event was very special to him. Being able to help spread awareness and assist these causes really makes everyone feel like they can make a difference.

Kyle Hoff scored four goals for Southern Lehigh (5-6).

“Competing against Emmaus for the first time was awesome and they played a vintage style of Emmaus lacrosse.” said Souders. “For the most part they took the play to us and beat us in all of the hustle stats, especially in the first half.

“This game will continue to have the Charity Event surrounding the competition on the field, and it will be another great night when we face each other again next Spring.”

Emmaus 8, Southern Lehigh 5
Emmaus 2 4 1 1 -8
Southern Lehigh 1 1 1 2 -5

Emmaus
Gabe Vansuch 2g
Bennett Nakao 1g
Tyler Corpora 2g, 2a
Brent Meilinger 1g, 2a
Blake Speicher 2g
Ricky Milker 8 saves

Southern Lehigh
Andrew Smith 2a
Colin Hoff 1g
Kyle Hoff 4g, 1a
Calvin Hurst 1a
Emmett Noone 7 saves

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