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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from April 5 (boys’/men’s)

Sunday, 5th 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 4/5/20

4/5/08 – Male Student-Athlete: Conestoga’s Fox is in the business of stopping goals

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/5/08

Conestoga senior goalie Peter Fox will probably be successful at running a business based on his prowess at overseeing his team’s defense.

“I need, obviously, to tell the guys where to go,” he said. “I need to make sure they constantly know what they are doing. You have a different perspective, a better perspective of where they are on the field and how they match up with guys.”

Fox – the Laxzilla/ Male Student-Athlete of the Week – has a weighted GPA of 4.4 and hopes to use these skills he’s developing in organization and leadership as a business entrepreneur major in college. He is considering Boston University, Miami and Loyola Marymount’s business schools.

One of four captains on Conestoga’s two-time defending Central League champions, Fox has helped stake the Pioneers to a fine start in 2008. After Friday’s 11-4 win over Episcopal Academy, Conestoga, ranked fifth by, stands at 4-0. Fox has allowed just five goals all year in three full games.

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4/5/09 – Collegiate Scholar-Athlete: Immaculata’s Sim (Interboro) will continue to lead as a teacher

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/5/09

Andrew Sim knew a little about starting from scratch when he came to Immaculata University three years ago.

The Mighty Macs’ junior goaltender was a key member of Interboro’s team when it moved from the club level to varsity. So when he became one of the first recruits for Immaculata’s new program, he was prepared to deal with building from the bottom up.

“I think the biggest challenge was not having an upper class,” said Sim, the Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer & Brecher Collegiate Scholar-Athlete of the Week. “Being a junior, now that’s taking shape. Now we have upper class leaders that show the freshmen what to do.”

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4/5/10 – Boys’ Rankings: Haverford School takes over top spot with key win over Conestoga

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/5/10

It will be hard to match the excitement and drama Saturday when Haverford School rallied for a brilliant 8-7 triumph over former No. 1 Conestoga.

The win moves the Fords into the No. 1 spot in this week’s Rankings. But it is quite early and there is much lacrosse to play.

Teams on the rise: Pennsbury, Germantown Academy, Spring-Ford and Radnor. All are off to strong starts. New this year to the area is Salesianum School, the defending Delaware state champions and a team chock full of PA players from Chester County.

Here are the Boys’ Rankings:

1. Haverford School (4-2) – The Fords can indeed bask in the glow of their marvelous victory over the Pioneers – but not for long. They host South Jersey power St. Augustine Prep Wednesday and then play Ontario powerhouse Hill Academy Saturday in the opening round of a four-team scholastic tourney at the New Meadowland before the Big City classic. (Prev: 3).

2. Conestoga (2-1) – The Pioneers may be heartbroken after the tough loss to Haverford School, but they need to get back up on the horse since they have enough strong teams on the horizon. They travel to 2-0 Garnet Valley Tuesday in their Central League opener and face another tough league foe in Penncrest on Thursday before hosting No. 5 Emmaus on Saturday. (Prev: 1).

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4/5/11 – Monday’s boys’ roundup: Sporing-Ford tops Owen J. Roberts in PAC-10 showdown; Interboro, CB West, Abington win

Brian Bock and Paul Major each scored five goals and Dew Thomas added three goals and seven assists while Jared Novia made 24 saves as visiting Spring-Ford defeated Owen J. Roberts, 16-11, Monday night in a Pioneer Athletic Conference boys’ lacrosse showdown.

The Rams improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the PAC-10. Three-time defending champion OJR fell to 2-3 and 2-1.
John Pennell led the Wildcats with four goals and two asitss and Nate Blevins scored twice.

Pope John Paul II 6, Phoenixville 3

Nick Pollick had three goals and James salvo added a pair while Matt Bildstein dished four assists and Josh Bildstein made 13 saves.

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4/5/12 – Philly Gear: Hot new t-shirt, largest field and ideal HS matchup of host Malvern Prep, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) will highlight 6th Annual Evanfest

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/5/12

The 6th annual Evanfest lacrosse festival April 14 at Malvern Prep will feature a hot new t-shirt, its largest field and a most impressive high school game to cap off a special day of celebration and remembrance.

This year a record 40 youth boys’ lacrosse teams from the region will compete in 6th, 7th and 8th grade divisions. Each team will play twice on six fields, and the event will conclude at approximately 4 p.m. when Malvern Prep hosts Long Island power St. Anthony’s.

Evanfest honors the legacy of Evan Brady, a Malvern Prep grad who passed away Sept. 21, 2005, after a lengthy battle with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer). The event has raised over $500,000 and helped 125 families that have a child with a life-threatening illness.

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4/5/13 – Thursday’s boys’ HS highlights: Garnet Valley tops Radnor; U. Dublin overtimes Abington

Malvern’s Chad Rafferty defends Salesianum’s Sean Giampietro

Robert Raucci scored with just over three minutes to play off a feed from Brock D’Annunzio to give host Garnet Valley a 4-3 victory over Radnor Thursday night in Central League boys’ lacrosse.

The Jaguars (3-2) improved to 2-0 in the league, while Radnor – ranked No. 3 by – fell to 1-1 in the league and 4-1 overall.

Vail Urso had a goal and an assist while D’Annunzio and Jonathan Vandenberg also scored for the Jags. Mitch Rose 12 had saves in a standout effort and the Garnet Valley defense of Steven Elf, Joey Granahan, Jake Matier and Zach Jones put a net around the Radnor attack.

“Our defense was phenomenal,” said Garnet Valley coach Frank Urso. “They couldn’t find space to shoot.

“Our defense stifled them and Mitch Rose was awesome in goal. He played an outstanding game.”

Peter Donato had two goals for Radnor and Brendan Manderack made eight saves.

Malvern Prep 9, Salesianum School 5

The Friars pulled away in the final quarter with three goals as the Sals put a scare into the No. 2-ranked team.

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4/5/14 – .@HEADstrongFND Rivalry Games: @Devils_Lax hosts special event, defeats Ridley

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/5/14

Stephen Cyron scored seven goals and Tanner Peck had three goals and six assists as host Avon Grove defeated Ridley, 15-5, in the signature game Saturday at the 5th Annual HEADstrong Foundation Rivalry Games.

The event benefited the HEADstrong Foundation’s mission to cure blood cancer through education and awareness. Six high school games with teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware were played alongside 10 more JV and youth games.

Avon Grove (4-1), ranked No. 4 in the Delaware Valley by, jumped to a 9-1 halftime lead and never looked back.

It was the first year that a high school team had hosted the event, which formerly was held at Widener University in Delaware County, close to where Nick Colleluori played at Ridley. Colleluori created the vision for the HEADstrong Foundation before succumbing to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006 while a student-athlete at Hofstra University.

Other scores included: Perkiomen Valley (PA) 16, Pope John Paul II (PA) 3; Unionville (PA) 9, Marple Newtown (PA) 3; Kennett (PA) 7, St. Andrew’s (DE) 2; Bayard Rustin (PA) 10, Shipley School (PA) 3; and Egg Harbor Township (NJ) 13, Ocean City (NJ) 1.

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4/5/15 – Philly men’s D3 roundup: @UrsinusMLAX tops @Eastern_MLAX; @SwatLacrosse nearly pulls off upset of Gettysburg

In what was definitely a tough test for the Bears of Ursinus College but they emerged victorious over the visiting Eagles of Eastern College 14-11. The game could be best described as a track meet from start to finish.

The visiting Eagles (8-3) struck first in the opening two minutes of the game when senior midfielder Andrew Travers was able to get just enough on his shot to get it past Ursinus goalie Brian Neff (Ephrata) for the 1-0 lead.

However, the momentum turned quickly as the Bears tallied the next four straight goals. Senior midfielder Jake Weber (Manheim Township) tallied two of those four goals giving the Bears a 4-1 lead and finished the game as the bears leading scorer with five.

David Darling led Eastern with three goals and three assists while Grant Ferguson and Andrew Travers each had two goals and two assists.

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