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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from April 29 (boys’/men’s)

Wednesday, 29th April 2020

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

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 4/29/20

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/29/0

4/29/09 – Scholastic wrap: GA boys upset Episcopal Academy, 3-2; Hill School, Emmaus, LC roll, Posted 4/29/09

Beau Jones scored the game-winner with 38 seconds to play as host Germantown Academy shocked Episcopal Academy, 3-2, today in Inter-Ac League boys’ lacrosse.

The win created a logjam atop the Inter-Ac as EA – ranked fourth in the PA Media Rankings – fell to 4-2 in the league and 9-6 overall. GA is 1-2 and 5-5. Haverford School (3-2) and Malvern Prep (2-2) also have two losses.

Steve Oppenheimer had a strong game in goal with 12 saves for the Patriots, making a key save on John Gormley in the closing seconds. Andrew Sih also had a clutch goal in the third quarter for GA to tie the game at 2-2. Matt Lerman had nine saves for the Churchmen and Andrew Gordon scored both goals.

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4/29/09 – Male Scholar-Athlete: Sun Valley’s Lord sees value of working now for future success

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/29/09

Sun Valley senior Kyle Lord says it’s easy for him to get motivated to study even after a long day of lacrosse practice or a tough game.

“For me, I just look for how it’s going to benefit me later in life,” he said. “Sometimes you come after game and have a lot of homework. You just have to get it done; otherwise it affects you in the classroom.

“Ultimately, my main focus is the classroom.”

Lord has clearly been focused at school. The Laxzilla/ Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week has an impressive resume of academic achievement. He is ranked 10th in his class with a GPA of 3.90 and has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll every marking period since his freshman year.

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4/29/10 – Men’s college roundup: Immaculata men close with win, gear for first trip to playoffs, Posted 4/29/10

Immaculata University sent its seniors out with a win as the men’s lacrosse team defeated Moravian on Wednesday night, 8-5, in a non-conference game at Draper Walsh Stadium.

Senior Tom Hartney (Interboro), playing his final collegiate game in front of the home crowd, led the Mighty Macs with two goals and one assist, while Joe Keller (Owen J. Roberts) also tallied two goals. Mike Boyd added one goal and one assist, and Ryan Cipriani, Brad Hamlet and Jordan Smith each tallied one goal apiece. Dante Tuscai (West Chester East) and Brendan Dinneen (Archbishop Wood) each one had assist during the game.

Immaculata, in the midst of the most successful season in the four-years of the program, awaits its opponent in the first round of the CSAC Tournament. Tournament action is set to begin on Tuesday, May 4. The Mighty Macs will travel to the winner of the Cabrini-Marywood game scheduled for Thursday night.

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4/29/12 – Men’s lacrosse: Lehigh downs Colgate to win 1st Patriot League title, clinch 1st NCAA berth, Posted 4/29/12
From Press Release

Lehigh wins first Patriot title

The eighth-ranked and second-seeded Lehigh men’s lacrosse team put together one of its strongest offensive outbursts of the season, tying a season-high 16 goals to beat host and No. 10 Colgate, 16-14 and win its first-ever Patriot League Tournament Championship today.

Lehigh celebrates its 2012 Patriot League championship

The Mountain Hawks (14-2) jumped out to a 5-0 lead then held off a Raiders’ (12-3) charge to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, Lehigh’s first trip to the tourney. Junior Dante Fantoni earned Tournament MVP honors after posting nine points over the two games (five goals, four assists).

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “I am so incredibly happy for our seniors, for our captains, for our upperclassmen and for the entire Lehigh Lacrosse family. It’s been a work in progress and a long time coming. We’ve been thinking and dreaming about this day for a long time.”

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4/29/12 – Saturday’s Katie Samson boys’ roundup: Radnor, St. Augustine Prep, Downingtown West, EA, O’Hara gain victories, Posted 4/29/12

Ben Junior had four goals and an assist as host Radnor claimed a 12-8 victory Saturday over St. Joseph’s Prep in the 12th annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Classic.

Shane Shapiro and Mike Cherry both added two goals for the Red Raiders, who improved to 9-5.

Cardinal O’Hara LSM Kevin Flatley clears vs. Bayard Rustin. Flatley and the Lions earned a rare shutout victory, 6-0.

Nick Ellis led the Hawks (8-6) with five goals and an assist.

Cardinal O’Hara LSM Kevin Flatley clears vs. Bayard Rustin. Flatley and the Lions earned a rare shutout victory, 6-0.

St. Augustine Prep 6, Garnet Valley 4

Steve Pontrello had two goals and an assist and Tommy O’Neill scored twice as the Hermits dealt the Jaguars a loss.

Jules Raucci led the Jags (10-3) with two goals and an assist.

Downingtown West 9, Brunswick School (CT) 7

Eric Rankel had four goals and an assist to lead the undefeated Whippets (14-0).

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4/29/15 – Men’s college roundup: @Ursinus_MLAX, @Eastern_MLAX advance; @widenermlax falls, Posted 4/29/15
From Press Releases

Trailing 5-3 in the middle of the third quarter, host Ursinus closed the game on a 5-1 scoring run as the Bears (13-2) defeated Dickinson (7-9) 8-6 on Wednesday night in the Centennial Conference Men’s Lacrosse semifinals at Patterson Field.

Ursinus goalie Brian Neff makes one of his 9 saves in Wednesday’s win

The Bears, seeded second, won their first playoff game in school history and will advance to play top-seeded Gettysburg on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Gettysburg. The Bullets defeated Washington College 23-5 in the day’s other semifinal.

As for the Bears, senior attack Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) scored three goals, while freshman midfielder Gerard Brown (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) had two goals in the win.

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4/29/16 – Pansini Law Group Scholar-Athlete of the Week: Perkiomen Valley 2016 MF Minardi

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/29/16

Perkiomen Valley senior midfielder Ben Minardi has been named the Pansini Law Group Scholar-Athlete of the Week.

Ben Minardi
Ben Minardi

The award recognizes senior and junior lacrosse players that excel in academics, service and athletics.

Ben Minardi profile:

Year: 2016
Position: midfielder
College choice: Committed to Ursinus College, where he will play lacrosse and plan to major in applied economics and mathematics.

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4/29/17 – Rambo (@LaSalle_Sports) becomes Maryland’s all-time leading scorer in 12-5 win over Hopkins, Posted 4/29/17
From Press Release

Senior Matt Rambo (La Salle, Duke’s LC) tallied seven points to become Maryland’s all-time points leader and the No. 5 Maryland men’s lacrosse won its third consecutive Big Ten regular season championship Saturday night with a resounding 12-5 victory over No. 8 Johns Hopkins in the 115th installment of “The Rivalry.”

Rambo needed six points to break Bob Boneillo’s 37-year old points record (231) and achieved the feat in improbable fashion less than 18 minutes into the game.

A boisterous crowd of 14,353 witnessed the championship and Rambo’s record – the largest crowd for a Maryland regular season game since 1989.

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4/29/19- Haverford School sweeps at GEICO Showcase; proves its among nation’s best teams

By Matt Chandik, Posted 4/29/19

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NY. – When The Haverford School has been at its best in years past, the Fords have relief on a collection of offensive weapons, rather than just one or two top scorers.

The 2015 national champion team had college All-Americans Grant Ament and Dox Aitken filling up the stat sheet, but also featured Drew Supinski Forry Smith, Phil Poquie and Brandon Shima to keep goalies busy. The 2015 team’s undefeated national champion predecessor included snipers like Carl Walrath, Hup Hupfeldt, Matt Walters, Brendan McGrath and Will McNamara.

Haverford School’s Chris Tsetsekos won 15 of 21 faceoffs (Photo by Matt Chandik)

Pick a great Haverford team, and you’ll find that defenses could never settle on taking away one player. If the past week for the Fords is any indicator, the 2019 team has championship-caliber talent, too.

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