(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)
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/3/20
By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, posted 4/3/08
There could be no better way to honor the memory of Evan Brady.
Saturday at Malvern Prep, 25 youth boys’ lacrosse teams from the Delaware Valley will participate in the second running of Evanfest, a festival to raise money for families with children that have life-threatening diseases.
Evan Brady, of Newtown Square, was a young lacrosse player with great potential who died 3 years ago at the age of 19 due to osteogenic sarcoma, a childhood bone cancer.
To honor Evan’s fight, spirit and love of lacrosse, the Malvern community helped his father, Bill Brady, create Evanfest.
“It was brought to me by Malvern Prep coach John McEvoy and a few of the families very involved in Malvern lacrosse and close to Evan,” said Brady, the event chairman. “They wanted to do something for Evan in his memory.
“The best thing to do with the money is to give it to families with a child with a life-threatening illness. We know all too well the mental and emotional strain, but it’s also a huge financial drain.”
By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/3/09
When Radnor’s Robbie Norton finished his swimming season several weeks ago, he had just enough time to toss his trunks in the dryer, hang up his goggles and grab his lacrosse stick and pads to get ready for the first game of the spring campaign.
Such is the life of a two-sport standout that is also headed to an Ivy League school. But Norton, who spends his “free” time coaching youth basketball, swimming and lacrosse while feeding the homeless for his church, wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s really tough, but actually toward the end of the swim season it gets a littler easier,” said Norton, the Laxzilla Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week. “The practices are shorter because you’re resting your muscles to get them ready for the (championship) meets.
“In the winter, from December to January, that’s when the swim practices are the longest. I put in 8,000- 10,000 yards a day in the pool and then I go back home and throw the ball against the wall for 30 minutes before it gets dark. Then I go eat and do my homework for a couple of hours.”
Freshman attackman Westy Hopkins (La Salle) broke a 7-7 game with a pair of goals and finished with three overall to spark No. 2 Notre Dame to a 12-8 BIG EAST victory over No. 8 Villanova Saturday in men’s lacrosse.
The Irish improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Wildcats, who had lost to No. 1 Syracuse last week, dropped to 7-3 and 0-2. in front of 2,655 in Arlotta Stadium.
Villanova was led by the three goal, one assist effort of junior CJ Burke and defensively by senior Brian Karalunas and junior Chris Creighton (Malvern Prep), both of whom collected four ground balls and three caused turnovers for the afternoon.
Kevin Hennessy scored off a feed from Nick Swift in overtime to lift visiting Plymouth Whitemarsh to a key 6-5 win over Upper Dublin today in a Suburban One American Conference boys’ lacrosse game.
The Cards (3-1, 1-1) had taken a 4-0 halftime lead, but the Colonials (3-1, 3-0) rallied as John Walker scored twice and Corey Kelly and Jake Brown also scored. Andrew Sabia was a key with 10 saves in goal.
Leighton Young and Michael Rama each scored twice for the Cards.
Henry Blynn scored three goals and Will Gural won 10 of 12 faceoffs while Jake Landman had eight saves to lead the Fords in the Inter-Ac opener.
Eric Berger scored two goals for the Quakers and Jackson Tamasitis (17 saves) was brilliant in the cage.
To celebrate the life of Kip Taviano and to symbolize his permanent impact in the lacrosse community, Concord Township and the Brandywine Youth Club will name a lacrosse field in his honor at the Kip Taviano 10VE Field Celebration Event.
The dedication will be held on May 31.
A full day of events, including the dedication will be held. A U9 and U11 Youth Clinic will be held in the morning with a focus on skill development and playing with passion.
A series of Youth and High School commemorative games will be held throughout late morning and early afternoon.
4/3/19 – Shipley lacrosse program revels in coach Duncan’s 200th career win
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/3/19
Shipley School senior co-captain Ben Ashkenazy calls Gators veteran head coach Mark Duncan an inspiration to is players.
“Coach Duncan is a great coach who has helped me progress as a leader and as a player,” said Ashkenazy. “His ability to make in game adjustments is phenomenal and his ability to inspire his players is even greater. I have loved to play under him for four years and I congratulate him on this major accomplishment.”
That accomplishment occurred last Thursday when Duncan’s Gators capped a 4-0 Spring Break trip to Florida with a 21-5 victory over St. Petersburg Catholic, giving Duncan 200 career wins at Shipley.