By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/17/19
Peter Garno said there was no better way to honor the memory of Kip Taviano than playing Garnet Valley Tuesday night in the inaugural 10ve Cup – and playing so well at the same time.
“Obviously, this means a lot to us,” said Garno, who had four goals in the 18-7 romp. “Every year, Mr. Taviano comes and talks to us about Kip. This is more than just a game; it has deeper meaning.
“We’ve always done the summer event. All of us usually go, but this was great to have a night game – we don’t usually have night games. It’s a special event and going forward it will be an awesome tradition.”
Kip Taviano, a key and extremely popular member of Haverford School’s 2013 squad, He died in a car accident just before graduation. Kip played for the Brandywine Youth Club in Garnet Valley and was close to many in the Jaguars program.
Since his passing, his father, Jim Taviano has worked with Haverford and Garnet Valley to run many events and create the #10VE hashtag (Kip wore No 10) seen all over the Philly lacrosse community. Click here forThe #10ve website.
This 10VE Cup, in some ways, will replace the 10VE Event held the past five years at BYC in early June; also, on May 4 Haverford School will host youth clinics and special club/youth games, an Alumni Game and its Inter-Ac game with Germantown Academy inKip’s honor.
“This is for the right reason; we both support Kip,” said Garnet Valley coach Frank Urso. “It was a tragedy and anything we can do in his memory, we plan on doing.
“They (the Fords) played lights out; that was their best game. I have seen them several times this year and they move the ball extremely well and found the open man. When they had the shot they stuck it.”
Almost forgotten was that Haverford (9-3) is No. 1 and Garnet Valley (8-1) entered play at No. 2 in the Phillylacrosse.com Rankings. Right now, no team in the region is playing at the level being shown by the Fords.
Haverford led the whole way. The Fords (9-3) led, 4-1 after a period and scored two late goals in the second period to open a 9-4 margin, Then they tallied the first five goals of the second half.
Adam Salvaggio added three goals and an assist while Mac Costin and Nolan Cooleen each scoered twice. Bobby Blewitt (1g, 11/17 FO) and Chris Tsetsekos (7/12 FO) dominated at the X and Sage Garito (7 saves) was strong in goal.
Max Busenkell had three goals for the Jags.
“We are fosused on moving the ball as much as possible,” said Garno, signed with Virginia. “We were constantly cutting.”
Haverford coach John Nostrant said the program will continue to support the Taviano family and Kip’s memory.
“We thought about it (the 10ve Cup) and we had a meeting about Jim and (wife) Ellen,” said Nostrant. “They were talking about doing something different than we do in June; Garnet Valley has an unbeleivable program and there was no better way to keep Kip’s memory alive.
“I think about what he brought to Haverford School and what he took; that’s what you want. Kip embodied all that stuff. It’s unfortunate we have to do something like this, but it speaks volumes on him and what he’s done for the Haverford lacrosse program and the whole Haverford community.
“We talk about Kip’s selflessness, his pesonalirty, his humor. These guys know him. It’s important we continue to talk about him.”
Nostrant also was pleased to see his team’s offenive flow. Last week the Fords struggled offensively in a 5-4 win over Malvern Prep.
“I told Frank that his team is fast and very tough,” Nostrant said. “We just shot the ball really well and moved it really well. That was our emphasisc; we didn’t do it against Malvern. Part of it was Malverm didn’t allow us to do it. I was proud of the kids.”
Haverford School 18, Garnet Valley 7
Garbet Valley 1-3-1-2- 7
Peter Garno 4g
Mac Costin 2g
Geordie Holmes 1g, 1a
Adam Salvaggio 3g, 1a
Brennan McBride 1g, 4a
Gavin Burke 1g
Jack Leary 1g
Nolan Cooleen 2g
Quintin Campbell 1a
Kenny Malone 1g
Pearse Galvin 1g
Bobby Blewitt 1g, 11/17 FO
Chris Tsetsekos 7/12 FO
Sage Garito 7 saves
Robert Esgro 3 saves
Max Busenkell 3g
Mitch Lachman 1a
Sean Shoemaker 1g
Adam Oldrati 1a
Greg Reynolds 1g
Danny Bradley 1g
Jake Morin 1g