Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/11/17
Steve Fuller had no trouble getting mentally prepared for Monday night’s annual Drew Bauer City Championship Memorial Game at his home field at Henderson.
So when Warriors coach Paul Stankewicz told his team that hustling would be the key, Fuller was already jacked.
“As a Henderson played we always want to beat East,” said Fuller. “Before the game coach Stankewicz said the team had to hustle non-stop for us to win. I feel like I hustle non-stop.
“I know a lot of the East players because I play summer ball with them (on Team ManUp Lacrosse) and I felt very comfortable going after them with the ball. I know their moves and I wanted to hustle and make plays.”
Fuller, in fact, hustled his way to being named the Drew Bauer Blue Collar Award winner in leading the Warriors to a 14-6 victory over East.
Drew Bauer died six summers ago in a boating accident in the Sassafras River on the Chesapeake in Maryland. Drew played at WC East and was a popular and beloved coach for many years in the West Chester Youth and Keystone Games and coached many players on the recent and current Henderson and East teams as well as others in adult lacrosse.
The win for Henderson (7-2 overall, 3-1 Ches-Mont) was its sixth in a row, while East (4-3, 2-1) suffered its first league loss.
The Warriors led, 7-2, at tr half and were never threatened. Archer Rymiszewski had a big day on attack with six goals and two assist while Brandon Moyer had three goals and two assists. But the Henderson defense also was key in shutting down the East offense.
“I think our defense held it down pretty well,” said Fuller. “And the defense turned into offense and we helped lead to some fast break goals. When we settled the ball we waited for a good shot. Our defensive coach, Bob Marks, had us ready.
“Our checklist at the start of the season are always to beat East and make the playoffs. This game showed us our potential against a team with some good athletes.”
Fuller did not know Drew Bauer, but said his impact resonates throughout the West Chester lacrosse community.
“I did not know him personally, but growing up as a Henderson lacrosse player I have seen his impact,” said Fuller. “Sean Evans (who was coached by Bauer) is an assistant coach and Brian Cranston (a former Henderson great who also was coached by Bauer) taught me a lot through clinics so it was passed down from other people. I can feel the impact.”
West Chester Henderson 14, West Chester East 6
WC Henderson 3-4-4-3 – 14
WC East 2-0-0-4 – 6
Brandon Moyer 3g 2a
Archer Rymiszewski 6g 2a
Nick Mascetti 1g 2a
Jack Saulino 1g 1a
Matt Turse 1g
Pat Keegan 1g
Ryan Twohig 1g
Dylan Teeter 1a
Kyle Dampman 5 saves
Aidan Jacobs 3 saves
Matt Dunkle 1g
Tyler Blum 1g
Zac Lagalante 1g
Rocco Grello 1g
Jack Phelan 1g
Jacob Greiner 1g
Kenny Pugh 4 saves
Phil Laborde 4 saves