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Carney goal gives Strath Haven 9-8 win over Spring-Ford to highlight 7th Annual ‘Play for the A’s’

Sunday, 14th April 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 4/14/19
Staff Report

Strath Haven senior Liam Carney says the annual “Play for the A’s” event is “more than just a game.”

“Play for A’s has always been a huge event for us, as we all are aware that it’s more than just a game,” said Carney of the 7th Annual event held Saturday at Strath Haven. “It’s for a great cause that so many people have to deal with and we’re glad we can help out in any way – and to get a win on this event makes it feel like it was an even more successful day.”

Carney’s goal with 2:57 to play lifted the Panthers to an exciting 9-8 win over Spring-Ford to highlight a day that featured four games (three varsity) and helped raise thousands of dollars to offer support services to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. One hundred percent of event proceeds are shared locally to assist families.

The Rams had scored three straight goals to force an 8-8 tie before Carney scored the GW.

The Strath Haven Boys’ Lacrosse team

“I dodged and dished and as soon as I passed the ball my guy left me so I called for the ball back and was able to make my way to the front of the cage to finish,” he said.

Ethan Belville and Nicky Palermo each had three goals and an assist for the Panthers, while Vincey Palermo posted 10 saves. Nick Teets had four goals and an assist for the Rams (6-4).

The Panthers – who reached the state finals last year but graduated some key seniors, including Co-Player of the Year pick Jeff Conner – are off to a 6-3 start.

“With seniors graduating we’ve definitely had a good deal of young guys stepping up trying to fill their role and they have done a great job,” Carney said. “We’re hoping to make a deep state playoff run as we have done in the past few years and win a state title.”

Strath Haven coach Jef Hewlings said the event this year has already raised over $6,500. He gave this thank you statement to the lacrosse community:

“A most sincere thank you from the Strath Haven Panther lacrosse community to all who organized, promoted, and took part in today’s 7th annual Play for the As event that will benefit caregivers of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease! Your generosity, both in time and resources, will help us improve the quality of care given by family members to those that suffer the debilitating effects of dementia.

“Thank you all for your willingness to WORK HARD TOGETHER to make a difference in the lives of these individuals and their families.

“Special thanks to Spring-Ford, Pennridge, Springfield, Harriton, and Souderton for battling hard in their respective games today – and of course, for our Strath Haven guys for getting after it as well. Your efforts, both on and off the field, will be felt in many ways beyond today’s event.”

To make a secure donation to help the effort, please go to click on the “Play for the A’s” donation link (bottom of page) to support the fight.

Matching Gifts 
Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. If your company offers a matching gift program that will match your gift to The Community’s Foundation you may mail or email your completed matching gift form to: The Community’s Foundation Attn: Matching Gifts 900 W. Sproul Road, Suite 101 Springfield, PA 19064

Your personal gift and matched contribution will be credited to the program that you designate. If your employer requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) (i.e. Federal Tax Identification Number), please use 23-2354770. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact The Community’s Foundation at

Play for the A’s Game Summaries:

Strath Haven 9, Spring-Ford 8
SH 1-3-4-1 – 9
SF 3-1-2-2 – 8

Ethan Belville 3g 1a
Ibo Pio 2A
Liam Carney 2g 1a (GW goal)
Dylan Fitzgerald 1g
Nicky Palermo 3g 1a
Wade Mutz 1a
Vincey Palermo 10 saves

Nick Teets 4g 1a
Peyton Gensler 1g 2A
Pat Wixted 1g
Colin Pettine 1g 1A
Joe Morgan 2a
James Mullen 1g
Ben Swarr 11 saves

Springfield-Delco 12, Pennridge 2
Springfield-Delco 3 2 4 3 = 12
Pennridge 0 0 0 2 = 2
Jack Clark 4g,2a
Liam Difonzo 3g,1a
Jack Spence 2g
Colin Hopkins 1g
Brett Gougler 2g
Nick Donegan 1a
Jake Kuzmick 1a
Aidan Shandley 1a
Aidan Smith 1a
Broomall 9/11 FOI
Methlie 6/7 FO
Jimmy Donegan 4 saves
Joe Lofland 1 save

Nick Fanelli 2g
Austin Swartley 6 saves
Kieran Banks 3 saves

Souderton 5, Harriton 1
Harriton 0 0 0 1 = 1
Souderton 2 1 0 2 = 5

Michael Stewart 1G
Evan Prince 7/9 FO 4gb
Robbie DePetris 9 saves
Luke Fink 1cto 4gb
Brian Stewart 1cto 3gb
Aiden McKenna 1cto 2gb

Brock Azeff 2g
Dylan Anderson 1g 1a
Cole Witoslawski 1g 1a
Walker Martin 1g
Matt Rauch 1a
Nick Guthre 4 GB
Luke Atiyeh 4 GB
Axell Beskar 8 saves



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