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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from June 1 (boys’/men’s)

Monday, 1st June 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 6/1/20

6/1/10 – PIAA boys: Emmaus uses third-period rally to overcome Lower Merion, 12-11

By Scott Johnston, Posted 6/1/10

Besides being the head coach at Emmaus, Jef Hewlings also works full time as the executive director of the Human Performance Center, a health and fitness center in the Lehigh Valley.

After his halftime speech to his Green Hornets today in their Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) opener against Lower Merion, he may want to think about a career change: motivational speaking.

“Let’s put it this way,” said the Hornets third year coach, ” I told them in kind of no uncertain terms that they can either go out with a whimper or they could go out kicking and screaming – and to their credit they responded.”

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6/1/10 – PIAA boys: Springfield-Delco downs CB East, 11-5, draws game with La Salle

By Buddy Scott, Posted 6/1/10

Joe Venit scored six goals and Springfield-Delco used a 4-0 surge early in the second half to break the game open as it claimed an 11-5 victory over Central Bucks East today at Harriton in the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) lacrosse playoffs.

The District 1 runner-up Cougars (20-2) will meet La Salle in the PIAA quarterfinals Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Springfield-Delco defeated La Salle, 11-5, on May 1. La Salle advanced by rallying past Abington, 11-10.

Senior midfielder Bobby Gildea added two goals and two assists for the Cougars while Jordan Demcher, Josh Cavanaugh and Colin Keegan each had one goal and one assist. Larry McLaughlin added one assist.

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6/1/11 – PIAA boys’ lacrosse: St. Joseph’s Prep rallies past Pennsbury, 10-7, in first round

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/1/11

St. Joseph’s Prep rebounded from a 4-0 first-period deficit and defeated stubborn Pennsbury, 10-7, today in the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse playoffs at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

The District 12 champion Hawks (17-4) advance to the quarterfinals to meet District 3 champion Manheim Township Saturday at a site and time to be determined.

Pennsbury (15-9), the District 1 fourth-place finisher, came out on fire in the opening period and got two goals from Luke Matthews sandwiched around a tally from Ricky Jutkiewicz (two goals) to take a 3-0 lead. Then, with 10.1 seconds to play in the period Andrew Probst made it 4-0.

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6/1/12 – NCAA champion: Layne (Malvern Prep) has dream season at Loyola in first year after transfer

By Chris Mueller, Posted 6/1/12

Chris Layne never dreamed he would be in this position when he decided to transfer from North Carolina to Loyola two years ago.

Malvern Prep grad Chris Layne (right), seen here in the NCAA championship game, was a mainstay on Loyola’s NCAA championship team in his first year after a transfer from North Carolina

The former Malvern Prep standout was still digesting the excitement of a dream season for himself and the Greyhounds, who on Monday whipped Maryland, 9-3, to claim their first NCAA men’s Division I championship at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Layne started all year on the first midfield line, where he was sixth on the team in points with 11 goals and 14 assists. He was a pivotal piece of a Loyola offense that outscored its opponents 229 to 137 on the year.

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6/1/13 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: Avon Grove downs Wilson-West Lawn, 7-4, Posted 6/1/13

Beau Kush and Stephen Cyron each scored two goals and Anthony Cardile won 12 of 14 face-offs as Avon Grove defeated Wilson-West Lawn, 7-4, today at Henderson High in the PIAA boys’ lacrosse quarterfinals.

The District 1 champion Red Devils (21-3) will play fellow Chester County foe Conestoga in the state semis on Tuesday at Exeter at 1 p.m. Avon Grove defeated Conestoga, 6-5, 11 days ago in the District 1 semifinals.

Wilson finished at 23-3.

It was blistering hot day on the field and the game was decided by time of possession. Avon Grove faceoff man Cardile dominated at the X, helping Avon Grove dictate the pace of the game and grind down the Wilson defense.

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6/1/13 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: La Salle tops Garnet Valley, 13-4, for Leahy’s 400th win

By Pat White, Posted 6/1/13

Sean Coleman had five goals and two assists and La Salle bolted to a 10-0 halftime lead as the Explorers routed Garnet Valley, 13-4, today and helped coach Bill Leahy win his 400th game in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association quarterfinals at Henderson High.

The Explorers (21-2), ranked No. 1 by, advance to the state semifinals Tuesday at a neutral site vs. North Allegheny, a 9-5 winner over Carlisle.

Leahy, the school’s only coach in the 22-year history of the program, improved his record to 400-78. He has won three state titles and 18 Catholic League titles and this winter was inducted into the Eastern PA Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

“We have great kids and a great school over 22 years,” Leahy said. “It’s hard not to win a lot of games.”

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6/1/14 – This one is for Kip: @10veEvent draws thousands as communities band together in field dedication event

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/1/14

The weather was perfect, the crowd of all ages numbered in the thousands and the lacrosse was never played with more heart and feeling.

Yes, this was what Kip Taviano would have loved.

Saturday, almost exactly a year after Taviano died in a two-car accident near his Concord Township home, ‘Love Field” was dedicated during a day-long celebration of Kip’s life at the Concord Township Municipal Center.

Kip Taviano 18, passed away just before graduating from The Haverford School where he was a popular member of the lacrosse team and a recruited player for the first team at Furman University. Kip also played lacrosse for Brandywine Youth Club and his father, Jim, was a longtime coach there.

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The Kip Taviano “Love Field” dedication drew the lacrosse communities and beyond together

6/1/14 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: Penncrest rallies to defeat La Salle, 6-5 (with video highlights)

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/1/14

Willa Manganiello admits that his Penncrest lacrosse team profited from a District 1 quarterfinal loss to Springfield-Delco two weeks ago.

“It was a tough loss against Springfield and it hurt, but I felt we needed that loss,” said the All-American attackman. “I think we were getting cocky, but since then we have come out firing and we knew we did not want to feel that way again.”

The Lions (23-1) have won four straight do-or-be-eliminated playoff games since, the latest being Saturday’s 6-5 triumph over La Salle at Harriton in the PIAA quarterfinals.

The win advances Penncrest into Wednesday’s semifinals against District 7 runner-up Mt. Lebanon at Cumberland Valley at 6 p.m. Mt. Lebanon (14-9) defeated District 7 rival Shady Side Academy, 7-6.

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La Salle’s Nicholas Buckley defends Will Manganiello (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

6/1/14 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: Avon Grove advances to semis with 17-11 win over Wilson

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/1/14

Danny Norris says the Avon Grove boys’ lacrosse team turned its season around after it lost to Bishop Shanahan a month ago in a game that decided the Ches-Mont league championship.

Will Schreiner makes one of 11 saves (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

“That loss to Shanahan hurt bad but we used it to motivate us,” said the senior All-American defenseman after the Devils toppled Wilson, 17-11, Saturday in a PIAA quarterfinal at Harriton.

Avon Grove advances to the state semifinals Tuesday (6 p.m.) against District 1 foe Radnor at Henderson.

“We wanted to show we were the best team in the district. Hopefully, we will be peaking if we get to Hersheypark on June 7.”

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6/1/14 – Delaware boys’ championship: Cape Henlopen shocks Salesianum School, 9-7

By David A. Willauer & Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/1/14

Blake Mann scored the game-winner and had five in all while Grant Gillan made 12 stops to lead Cape Henlopen to a stunning 9-7 victory over Salesianum School Saturday night in the Delaware boys’ lacrosse state championship at Caravel Academy.

Cape Henlopen (17-3) won its first state crown since 2008 and snapped a 47-game in-state win streak by the three-time defending champion Sals, who are ranked No. 3 by

Gillan, a senior signed with Monmouth, made several key saves in the closing minutes as the Vikings avenged a 14-7 loss to the Sals 19 days earlier.

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Cape Henlopen – 2014 Delaware state champion (Photo by Daniel Cook/Cape Gazette)

6/1/15 – Inaugural Cullen Keffer Lacrosse Festival to be held Saturday at Council Rock North, Posted 6/1/15
From Press Release

The Council Rock lacrosse community will be hosting the inaugural Cullen Keffer Lacrosse Festival on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Council Rock North High School.

Cullen Keffer

Cullen was a freshman member of the Council Rock South lacrosse team in 2013-14. Sadly, Cullen perished in an automobile accident August 30, 2014. A scholarship has been established at his high school in his honor for senior men’s lacrosse players who plan to attend college. The festival on Saturday will raise funds for the scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in the spring of 2015.

According to Cullen’s father, Joe Keffer, “The recipient of the scholarship shall be a player of remarkable character, both on and off the field, as Cullen was, and we believe that the festival will be an excellent way to honor his character.”

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6/1/16 – Maryland’s Rambo (@LaSalle_Sports) becomes 1st Philly man to earn Tewaaraton Award, Posted 6/1/17
From Press Release and Staff Report

Maryland senior attackman Matt Rambo has climbed the ladder to the highest levels in the past few weeks – and tonight he reached a plateau never achieved before by a Philly men’s lacrosse player.

Matt Rambo accepts the Tewaaraton Award (Picture for

The graduate of La Salle College High who played for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club tonight was just honored as the 2017 Tewaaraton Award winner as the nation’s top college player, the first time a Philly man has received the award. The award was presented at the Natural Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

Rambo led the Terrapins to their first National championship since 1975 Sunday when they toppled Ohio State, 9-6, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Rambo – who earned first-team All-American – earned all-tournament honors and set many records along the way.

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6/1/19 – St. Joe’s Prep uses fourth-period surge to down Emmaus, 7-3, in PIAA opener; Hawks play again today, Posted 6/1/19
Staff Report

St. Joseph’s Prep scored the final four goals of the game to claim a 7-3 victory over Emmaus Friday in a PIAA Class AAA first-round playoff game at Northampton.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed due to inclement weather for three days.

The District 12 runner-up Hawks (14-9) have little time to celebrate the victory over the District 11 champion Hornets (15-8) as they gear for today’s quarterfinal contest with District 1 runner-up Garnet Valley at 2 p.m. at Harriton High.

David Shew scored four goals – including the game-winner – for the Prep and Tommy McHugh stood out in goal.

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6/1/19 – La Salle uses 9-0 run to topple Springfield-Delco, 11-5; will play Garnet Valley in AAA semis

By Karen Sangillo, Posted 6/1/19

The first half was very competitive.

Shane Osborne

The second half was a different story.

La Salle scored nine unanswered goals and defeated Springfield-Delco, 11-5, in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 3A tournament Saturday at Harriton. The Explorers (20-5) will play Garnet Valley in the semis Tuesday at Avon Grove.

Springfield led, 3-2, at halftime as Jack Spence had two of his three goals. But La Salle dominated the third quarter as Shane Osborne (four goals), Grant Pinto, Zac Coar (three goals), Coar again and Kyle Cullen made it 7-3.

The Explorers continued their run in the fourth quarter, as Pinto made it 8-3, Osborne scored two more and Coar made it 11-3 before Spence and Colin Hopkins scored for Springfield.

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6/1/19 – Garnet Valley picks up steam, downs pesky St. Joe’s Prep, 9-5, in Class AAA quarterfinals

By Karen Sangillo, Posted 6/1/19

It was a very slow start for both teams. But Garnet Valley picked up more steam.

The Jaguars topped stubborn St. Joseph’s Prep, 9-5, in Saturday’s quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament at Harriton.

Mitch Lachman

Garnet Valley advances to the semis Tuesday when it faces La Salle at Avon Grove at 4 p.m. La Salle downed Springfield-Delco, 11-5.

The Jaguars and Hawks went scoreless in the first period today, but the pace picked up for both teams in the second.

“We weren’t nervous,” said Garnet Valley junior Mitch Lachman, who had four goals. “We never play nervous. We like to come out confident. It was a slow start by both teams. We both didn’t play well in the first quarter but then we picked it up from there.

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