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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from April 28 (boys’/men’s)

Tuesday, 28th April 2020

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

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 4/28/20

4/28/08 – Wings head to playoffs with clutch win, 15-14, over Toronto, Posted 4/28/08

The Philadelphia Wings gained some momentum entering the National Lacrosse League playoffs Sunday by defeating the host Toronto Rock, 15-14, on a shorthanded goal by Athan Iannucci with 44 seconds left in the game.

The win capped a 10-6 season for the Wings and their first playoff berth since 2002. The Wings face the East Division Champion Buffalo Bandits (also 10-6) in the first round of the NLL Playoffs at HSBC Arena on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“We have to play four consistent quarters to be successful during the playoffs,” said Wings coach Dave Huntley. “Fortunately our offense had a great start this afternoon, and we were able to hang on for the win.”

The Wings offense came out strong, outscoring the Rock 8-2 in the first quarter. Toronto drew within 13-11 after three periods and tied it, 14-14, on a goal by Aaron Wilson with 4:40 to play.

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4/28/09 – Forster, Knarr enjoy big days as La Salle rips St. Joe’s Prep, 16-6, in battle of top-ranked teams

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/28/09

The La Salle team that so many expected to dominate this year was exactly that today – completely dominant.

Randy Forster scored five goals and Tyler Knarr controlled the possessions by winning 19 of 22 face-offs as the host Explorers thrashed St. Joseph’s Prep, 16-6, in a Catholic League cross-over game between the two top teams in the Boys’ Rankings.

La Salle, ranked No. 3 in the PA Media Rankings and No. 2 in the region by, improved to 8-3 and won its seventh straight game. The Prep (7-1), fresh off its emotional 12-11 overtime win over previously-undefeated Conestoga Saturday at the Katie Samson Festival and ranked first in the state, fell to 7-1.

The Explorers, who started the season with a 6-3 loss to Conestoga and then overtime defeats to Baltimore powers Gilman School and Calvert Hall in Games 3 and 4, have quietly emerged in recent weeks. Knarr said the team may have turned the corner Saturday at Katie Samson when it ripped Haverford School, 10-4.

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4/28/09 – Boys’ wrap: Fords thrash Friars, EA escapes with win over PC, Posted 4/28/09  

    Stephen Aitken scored four goals and Will Horrocks had three goals and four assists as host Haverford School routed Malvern Prep, 15-5, today in an Inter-Ac League boys’ game.

    Liam O’Connor and Joe O’Rourke each added two goals and Brendan McGrath had a goal and three assists for the Fords (11-7, 3-2), ranked No. 7 in the PA Media Rankings. No. 6 Malvern fell to 5-7 and 2-2 in the Inter-Ac.

    Haverford: Stephen Aitken (4g, 1a); Will Horrocks (3g, 4a); Liam O’Connor (2g); Joe O’Rourke (2g); Brendan McGrath (1g, 3a); Matt Walters (1g); Bill Annesley (1g); Will McNamara (1g); Carl Walrath (1a)

     Malvern: TJ Hanzsche (1g); Dom Nappi (1g); Colin Farrell (1g); Steven Dunn (1g); Russ Atkinson (1g); Andrew Layne (1a); Mike Dougherty (1a).

Episcopal Academy 7, Penn Charter 6  

    Cody Isdaner (two assists) and Britt Potter scored fourth-quarter goals and Matt Lerman made 10 saves as the fourth-ranked Churchmen (10-5, 4-1) strengthened its hold on first place in the Inter-Ac with a come-from-behind win.

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4/28/11 – Thursday’s boys’ high school roundup: Malvern Prep beats stall, EA, 6-3; Penncrest trips L. Merion, 7-6, in OT, Posted 4/28/11

Malvern Prep goalie Matt Barrett makes one of several key saves in the second half of Thursday’s Inter-Ac League win over Episcopal Academy (Photo by Doug Dreyer)

Mike Dougherty scored two goals and sophomore goalie Matt Barrett made several key saves in the fourth period as host Malvern Prep defeated Episcopal Academy, 6-3, today in Inter-Ac League boys’ lacrosse.

The Friars improved to 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the league with the win. EA fell to 4-8 and 0-5.

TJ Hanzsche and Keith Dreyer each had a goal and an assist while Russ Atkinson and Vince Travaglini each scored once for Malvern Prep.

After the teams were tied, 2-2, in the first period, EA coach Andy Hayes inverted his midfielders on offense behind the goal and had them play catch while the MP defense zoned up out in front of the goal.

4/28/12 – Katie Samson Live Blog: Haverford School (13), Conestoga (8), Posted 4/28/12

Bradlee Lord of Conestoga is defended by Haverford School’s Warner Bailey (Photo by Rene Schleicher) Editor Chris Goldberg is here at Radnor High for the much-anticipated Haverford School-Conestoga boys’ lacrosse game at the 12th annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival.

These two teams have been ranked 1-2 in the state of Pennsylvania for a year and a half and are ranked among the top teams in the country. Haverford School (14-1) is currently No. 1 in the state and No. 2 in the nation by, No. 3 by, ESPNHS and Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse.

Bradlee Lord of Conestoga is defended by Haverford School’s Warner Bailey (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

Conestoga is ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 6 in the nation by UA/IL, No. 7 by ESPNHS, and No. 8 by and LaxMagazine.

A crowd of close to 5,000 is expected for one of Philly’s top rivalries. Last year The Fords toppled the Pioneers, 11-6.

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4/28/13 – Men’s lacrosse: Lehigh whips Bucknell to win 2nd straight Patriot League title, Posted 4/28/13
From Press Release

The host Lehigh men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one quarter and cruised to an 11-5 win over Bucknell to win its second straight Patriot League Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Senior David DiMaria had two goals and three assists to finish with 10 points for the tournament and earn Tournament MVP honors. Lehigh became the first team since Navy in 2006-07 to win back-to-back Patriot League Titles.

“You’re talking to a proud coach right now,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “I’m so thrilled for our team, so thrilled for my games, thrilled for our seniors. It was a very emotional 48 hours for us.

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4/28/15 – Boys’ lacrosse: Bishop Shanahan takes over 1st place in Ches-Mont with 8-5 win over Avon Grove

By Bradley Schlegel, Posted 4/28/15

Pat Corcoran

Pat Corcoran scored two goals and added one assist to lead Bishop Shanahan to an 8-5 victory over host Avon Grove in a Ches-Mont League showdown between undefeated boys’ teams Tuesday.

The win put the Eagles (10-1) in first place in the Ches-Mont with a 7-0 mark and three games remaining against sub-.500 teams. The Red Devils (9-5) fell to 6-1.

Jerry Riccardo scored two goals and Sammie Goforth contributed a goal and an assist for the Eagles, who scored the game’s final three goals. Jason Yoquinto recorded 12 of his 15 saves in the first half for Bishop Shanahan.

“This is always the most fun game of the year,” said Corcoran, a senior midfielder.

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4/28/17 – Courage Game returns for its third annual lacrosse event supporting equality for athletes, Posted 4/28/17
From Press Release

Braeden Lange meets the Thompsons with father, Scott, at left, during the 2016 Courage Game at Penn Park in Philadelphia

The Courage Game, a 501(c)3 charitable organization supporting awareness for LGBT equality, returns for its third annual event on May 28 at the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. The Game welcomes youth (U7-U13), high school, college, and adult (U30, U40, 50+) players to participate in a day of lacrosse celebrating inclusion and equality for all.

The Courage Game originated when a young, gay lacrosse player, Shipley School 8th grader Braeden Lange, was struggling with the burden of acceptance amongst his peers. While his parents were accepting Braeden struggled with friends at school until he reached out to a player he admired, Andrew Goldstein, who had come out as a student athlete at Dartmouth College.

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4/28/18 – .@KSFLaxFest: Malvern Prep routs No. 1 Avon Grove, 16-4

By Matt Chandik, Posted 4/28/18

Malvern Prep’s Seamus Glynn had two goals and three assists (Photo by Matt Chandik)

Bryce DeMuth didn’t mince words after his Avon Grove team suffered a 16-4 shellacking to Malvern Prep for its first loss of the season today at the Katie Samson Foundation Lacrosse Festival.

“Nothing surprised us. We knew they’d be good 1-on-1,” the Red Devils’ standout senior defenseman said. “We haven’t played a team of that caliber yet, and I think if we had time to go back and look back at what we did wrong, we could definitely make it a lot closer. Twelve goals is just embarrassing for us. We’re better than that.”

The defending PIAA Class AAA champion Devils (10-1), ranked No. 1 in the latest rankings, sure are, but it was the Friars’ day from the get-go. No. 5 Malvern Prep (9-4) showcased its unrivaled offensive depth as Matt Hilburn had a hat trick and Seamus Glynn (four assists), Jack Traynor (three assists), Scottie White (one assists), Jimmy Gabrielsen and Kieran Ward tallied two goals each.

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