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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from April 19 (boys’/men’s)

Sunday, 19th April 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, High School, Uncategorized  

This is one of a regular-day series of boys’/men’s and girls’/women’s stories looking back on this date in lacrosse history), Posted 4/19/20

4/19/08 – Male Student-Athlete: Penn Charter’s Still uses his father for motivation

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/19/08

Colin Still

Penn Charter senior Colin Still does not have to look far for the person who has motivated and supported him in his quest to excel on and off the lacrosse field.

“It’s definitely been my parents, and my dad (Jim) in particular,” Still said. “He

has said since freshman year, ‘You can do whatever you want to do as long as you put in the time.”

“For every hour I put in, (going) outside to shoot, he made me spend two hours inside studying and working on my academics. He’s the one that’s kept me on track and gotten me where I am going.”

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4/19/09 – PA Media Rankings: No. 1 Conestoga hosts No. 3 Springfield-D this Tuesday in Central League showdown, Posted 4/20/09

A much-anticipated contest between the No. 1 and No. 3 boys’ teams in this week’s Pennsylvania Lacrosse Media Rankings will highlight action this week.

Conestoga, which is 10-0 and has led the boys’ rankings since the second week of the year, will host No. 3 Springfield-Delco (10-0) Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Teamer Field. The winner will take a major step toward winning the Central League crown.

The PA Media Rankings are chosen by and six newspapers: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Delaware County Daily Times,Allentown Morning Call, Harrisburg Patriot-News, Lancaster Intelligencer Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In the girls’ rankings, Radnor continued to hold the top spot, but Strath Haven fell from No. 2 to No. 8 in the all-school rankings after falling to Springfield-Delco. The Cougars, unranked last week, moved to No. 6 in the PIAA rankings and No. 7 in the all-schools rankings.

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4/19/10 – Collegiate men: Philly grads lead undefeated Connecticut College into the NESCAC playoffs, Posted 4/19/10

The Connecticut College men’s lacrosse team – featuring six Philly grads – is off to a brilliant 12-0 start and is ranked No. 6 in this week’s USILA Division III poll.

The Philly connection at undefeated Connecticut College includes (from left) assistant coach Topher Grossman, Drew Green, Dan Gallagher, Rob Moccia, Mike Brennan, Brian Barasha, head coach Dave Cornell

The Camels lead the powerful New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 7-0 mark after Saturday’s key 8-6 victory over previously undefeated Tufts University.

Connecticut College is led by sophomore goalie Rob Moccia (Great Valley), who has started in every game and a 6.87 goals against average and 126 saves (.633 average). Moccia, a former winner of the Wapner, Newman and Wigrizer/ Scholar-Athlete of the Week award, had nine saves in the win over Tufts.

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4/19/10 – Eddie DiDonato gives first interview: ‘The first thing I remember’ after the shooting

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/19/10

Eddie DiDonato doesn’t recall much about the days immediately following the January 17th shooting in Philadelphia where he suffered six gunshot wounds at close range.

Shooting victim Eddie DiDonato credits a positive attiude and support from friends and family in his recovery

“The first thing I remember was being in the hospital the day after the shooting and seeing the Forster brothers (best friend Rob and brother Jack) and giving them the thumbs up,” he said, in his first interview since the incident. “I remember seeing my cousins, the Durkins – Kevin and Tucker – and I remember being in restraints so I couldn’t move.

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4/19/11 – Tuesday’s Late Edition boys’ roundup: D-town West remains perfect; Springfield-D, PW, GA, Malvern Prep win

Malvern Prep midfielder Matt Neeson defends during Tuersday’s 10-8 win over Lawrenceville School (NJ). (Photo by Douglas Dreyer), Posted 4/19/11

Brad Shenberger had three goals and two assists, Eric Rankel added two goals and an assist and Tyler McWilliams contributed a goal and four assists as host Downingtown West defeated Kennett, 11-4, today in the Ches-Mont League

The Whippets – ranked No. 8 in the PA Media Rankings – improved to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Ches-Mont. They play at undefeated Central League foe Ridley Thursday at 1 p.m.
Springfield-Delco 12, Hatboro-Horsham 6

Joe Venit had three goals and an assist and Vince Marra added two goals and one assists while Jesse Martin and Mike Dezzi each scored twice for the Cougars in the non-league win. Dan O’Connell made 12 saves for the victory.

Jake Durkin led the Hatters with a goal and three assists.

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4/19/13 – Boys’ lacrosse: La Salle dominates Conestoga, stops losing streak in Coleman return

By Mike Prince, Posted 4/19/13

Conestoga’s Andrew De Stefano is defended by La Salle’s Jeff Cimbalista during Friday’s game (Photo by Rob Raines, Montgomery Newspapers)

In the 2009 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championship game, La Salle defeated Conestoga to win its second straight state title. But since then, the Pioneers who have been the class of the state, winning three titles while defeated La Salle five consecutive times, twice in the finals.

But that streak ended Friday as the host Explorers, with star senior Sean Coleman back in the lineup, built a 10-0 third-period lead and blitzed Conestoga, 13-5.

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4/19/13 – Boys’ lacrosse: Malvern Prep defeats Haverford School, 13-7

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/19/13

Ryan Hilburn scored four goals and Joey Carlini had two goals and three assists while Charles Kelly won 16 of 24 face-offs as host Malvern Prep defeated Haverford School, 13-7, today in Inter-Ac League boys’ lacrosse.

Malvern Prep’s Joe Dunn fires on the goal in Friday’s 13-7 win over Haverford School (Photo by Warren Samolsky)

The Friars (8-1 overall, 3-1 league) remained one game behind first-place Episcopal Academy (4-0), while the Fords (8-4) fell to 3-1 and saw their eight-game win streak snapped.

Malvern Prep also stopped a different streak – a six-game losing streak to their arch-rival.

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4/19/16 – PIAA Lacrosse 2016 Championships moved to West Chester East due to scheduling conflict

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/19/16

The PIAA Lacrosse championship games will be played in the Philly region this year for the first time ever due to a scheduling conflict, has learned.

The title games – originally slated for June 11 at Hersheypark Stadium where the previous seven championships have been held – have been moved to West Chester East due to a double-booking conflict with the Beyonce tour, a PIAA spokesperson has confirmed. Beyonce is scheduled for a concert on Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. and the PIAA was told of the conflict just several weeks ago.

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