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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from April 30 (boys’/men’s)

Thursday, 30th 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 4/30/20

4/30/08 – Boys’ Rankings: Explorers, Friars, Fords, Raiders hold spots

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/30/08

The seventh Scholastic Boys Top 10 Poll:

1. La Salle (22-1) – The Explorers, winners of 21 in a row, wrap up their regular season with games Thursday (at No. 5 Germantown Academy) and Friday (Archbishop Wood). They remained No. 4 in this week’s STX/Inside Lacrosse National High School Rankings. The Catholic League playoffs begin May 9, with the quarterfinals. Last week: No. 1.

2. Malvern Prep (13-2) – The Friars took a major step in clinching the Inter-Ac League title and a Top 2 seed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association tournament with Tuesday’s 10-6 win over Haverford School. They moved up to No. 11 in the National Rankings and they host No. 6 St. Joseph’s Prep Thursday. Last week: No. 2.

3. Haverford School (10-5) – The Fords hope to rebound from Tuesday’s loss to Malvern Prep Friday when they host fellow Inter-Ac foe Penn Charter (No. 8). They also host No. 10 Conestoga Saturday. Last week: No. 3.

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4/30/09 – Boys’ Team of the Week: CB East’s ‘Extra Man Opportunity’ is man-up in providing community service

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/30/09

Normally, having an extra man in boys’ lacrosse means a man-up opportunity and a good chance to score a goal.

For Central Bucks East, the “Extra Man Opportunity Community Service Club” is an avenue for Patriot players to make a major contribution off the field.

This year the CB East players have made a commitment to participate in community service projects. Six members of the team took a leadership role and created a website called and invite members of the varsity and JV squads to help out in each project.

So far this year the team has been involved in four projects and every member of the team has participated in at least one of them. For their efforts, the Patriots have been named the Team of the Week.

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4/30/10 – Thursday’s Philly boys’ scholastic roundup: Springfield-Delco remains undefeated in Central League, Posted 4/30/10

Colin Keegan and Joe Venit each scored four goals and Austin Kaut sparkled in the cage with 17 saves as host Springfield-Delco defeated Garnet Valley, 9-4, Thursday in Central League boys’ lacrosse that featured two teams ranked high in the PA Media Rankings.

Penncrest vs Lower Merion, Jordan Wolf (5 goals) scores while Mike Baldassare plays tight defense – Photo by Matt Spahr

The win keep the Cougars (No. 2 in the PIAA) atop the Central League with an 8-0 mark (12-1 overall). They host No. 1 La Salle Saturday at noon. Garnet Valley, ranked No. 4 in the PIAA, fell to 9-3 overall (5-3 in league).

Eric Warden led the Jaguars with two goals.

Lower Merion 10, Penncrest 8

Jordan Wolf had five goals and two assists and Andrew Mongeluzzi added two goals and two assists while Hank Altschuler posted 12 saves the Aces.

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4/30/11 – Katie Samson boys’ lacrosse: Rambo, Forster help La Salle down Abington, 16-8

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/30/11

Matt Rambo had six goals and an assist and Kevin Forster collected a remarkable five goals, seven assists and eight groundballs to lift La Salle to a 16-8 triumph over Abington in the 11th annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival at Radnor High.

The victory raised La Salle’s mark to 8-4 while the Ghosts (10-3) saw their 10-game win streak snapped.

Much of the pre-game focus on the game was the fact that Rambo – considered one of the top sophomores in the country – was making his first appearance for the Explorers against his old teammates. Rambo, a key for Abington in its trip to the state playoff last year that ended in a tight loss to La Salle, transferred to the Catholic League powerhouse before the season began.

But Rambo said playing against his former teammates was not difficult, and more enjoyable than anything else. He continues to be friendly with the Ghost players and still spends much time with many of the players off the field.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” he said. “I hang out with them every day of the week, even on weekdays. I hang out with Brian Gallagher, No. 30, all the time.”

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4/30/13 – Boys’ lacrosse: Salesianum School earns key 7-5 win over Georgetown Prep, Posted 4/30/13
Staff Report

It was indeed a big win for Salesianum School – and also for Delaware lacrosse.

The two-time defending champion Sals (10-2), trying to flex their muscles out of the First State, traveled to Maryland today and knocked off host Georgetown Prep, 7-5, behind three goals from Sean Giampietro and 17 saves from sophomore goalie Ryan Kern.

The victory was monumental for a team that had been looking to knock off an eastern power after earlier defeating a tough La Costa Canyon (CA) squad.

“It was a good win for the program and a good win for Delaware,” said Salesianum School coach Bobby Healy. “It was great to play a team like that – they are really a powerhouse and coach (Kevin) Giblin is great for having us down.

“We appreciate it; it makes our guys better to see great lacrosse like that.”

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4/30/16 – Boys’ lacrosse: No. 6 @devils_lax deals No. 3 @UDcardsLax its first loss, 6-5, on late goal by Peck

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/30/16

Brayden Peck

Defenseman Brayden Peck scored with 52.6 seconds on a half-field rush to lift visiting Avon Grove to a thrilling 6-5 win over previously-undefeated Upper Dublin tonight before a large crowd at the SPARK Complex.

The Devils, No. 6 in the Rankings, improved to 10-1 with their 10th straight win. The No. 3 Cards fell to 12-1.

Upper Dublin rallied from a 5-1 deficit and tied it on a goal by Michael Mullen on the EMO with 1:08 to play. But the Devils won the face-off and after a time out got the ball to Peck, who saw an opening down the middle and went right to the goal before bouncing it past Dillon Lojeski.

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4/30/17 – .@KSFLaxFest: Malvern Prep on rebound; defense keys 11-9 win over @Stoga_Lax

By Matt Chandik, Posted 4/30/17

They’ve waited in the shadows, fully understanding that the hype around this year’s Malvern Prep team revolves around a multi-pronged offense that can attack you with a bevy of weapons.

Malvern Prep’s Ray Baran

The Friars’ defense, though, tends to get overlooked at times. It’s easy to love Malvern’s explosiveness, but the back end helped keep Conestoga in single digits en route to an 11-9 win in the marquee game of the Katie Samson Foundation Lacrosse Festival Saturday at Radnor.

Don’t look now, but Malvern (12-4) has kept three straight high-caliber offenses in single digits. Goalie Andrew Clark (8 saves) was strong again and the defense of Ray Baran, Sam Charlton, Donny Gayhardt and Sam Sweeney, among others, was strong.

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4/30/19 – .@PennStateMLax’s Ament & Sabia (@fords_lacrosse) named Offensive, Defensive Players of Year by Big Ten, Posted 4/30/19
From Press Release

The 2019 Big Ten men’s lacrosse All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced on Tuesday, with Penn State’s Grant Ament (Haverford School) named Offensive Player of the Year, Penn State’s Chris Sabia (Haverford School) named Defensive Player of the Year, Ohio State’s Justin Inacio and Rutgers’ Max Edelmann named Co-Specialists of the Year, Johns Hopkins’ Joey Epstein claimed Freshman of the Year and Penn State’s Jeff Tambroni was awarded Coach of the Year.

PSU’s Chris Sabia (left), Grant Ament

Ament led the Big Ten with 6.4 points per game and 5.0 assists per game. The junior is now the single-season point-leader at Penn State. He enters the postseason with 17 goals, 71 assists and 88 points.

Sabia scooped up 27 groundballs and caused 16 turnovers during the regular season, helping anchor a Penn State defensive unit that allowed just 9.41 goals per game in conference play.

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