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

Monday, 1st June 2020

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, 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

6/1/08 – Girls’ lacrosse notebook: Hurricanes blew away the expectations in 2008

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/1/08

With only four seniors and a new coach, few would have expected such a strong season for Villa Maria Academy.

So, even after the Hurricanes were eliminated from the District One Class AA tournament Tuesday at home in a 14-9 loss to Unionville, rookie coach Christa Somits spoke with pride about the 2008 season.

Villa Maria finished 19-3 overall, went undefeated in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies League and then defeated defending champion Merion Mercy a third time to win the league tournament title.

The Hurricanes then won their first district game in several years, a 19-7 victory over Owen J. Roberts, before bowing to the Indians.

“I am so proud of the season,” said Somits, a Henderson graduate who played on West Chester University’s first NCAA championship team in 2002. “It was a young team and as a whole we did a lot of things Villa has not done in a while.”

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6/1/10 – Tuesday’s girls’ PIAA roundup: Springfield-Delco, Radnor, Unionvlle, Downingtown East advance, Posted 6/1/10

Shannon Burns scored six goals and Valerie Paolucci added three and Springfield-Delco held off a furious rally by Strath Haven today to earn a 16-14 victory in the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoffs at West Chester East.

The victory advances the Cougars (21-2) into the quarterfinals Saturday against Archbishop Carroll at a site and time to be determined. Carroll, which fell to Springfield-Delco, 12-11, earlier this year, defeated Great Valley, 20-12.

The Cougars held a seemingly comfortable 15-7 lead until the Panthers roared back with seven goals in a 15-minute stretch late in the game.

“We did not score for 18 minutes in the second half which proved costly,” said Springfield-Delco coach Keith Broome. “It reminded me of our Great Valley game where we were up 8-2 then all of a sudden it was 10-9. Like Great Valley, Strath Haven never got the equalizer or took the lead which is key! The bottom line is that it is a win for us and we get to keep playing until Saturday.”

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6/1/11 – PIAA girls’ lacrosse: McBride tally in OT lifts Great Valley past previously-undefeated Manheim Township, 13-12, Posted 6/1/11

Sara McBride scored off a feed from Ali Karwoski as Great Valley topped previously-undefeated Manheim Township, 13-12. today in overtime in a thrilling Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) first-round girls’ lacrosse playoff at Cumberland Valley High in Mechanicsburg.

The Patriots (20-3), the fourth seed from District 1, advance to play District 1 third seed Springfield-Delco in the second round Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Springfield-Delco advanced by routing Emmaus, 17-3.

Karwoski led the Pats with four goals and two assists and McBride added three goals and two assists while Emily Scullin scored three goals.

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6/1/11 – PIAA girls’ lacrosse: Downingtown East survives late Upper Dublin rally, 13-10, Posted 6/1/11

Nicole Barretta scored three goals while McKenzie Rafferty, Ashley Poli and Emily Solenberger each scored two as Downingtown East defeated Upper Dublin, 13-10, today in the opening round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) girls’ lacrosse playoffs at West Chester East.

The District 1 champion Cougars (23-1) advance to meet District 3 runner-up Cocalico in the quarterfinals Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Cocalico advanced to downing Wyoming Seminary, 15-12.

Upper Dublin, the District 1 seventh-place finisher, closes its season at 17-7.

Downingtown East led, 7-2, at halftime, and had a seemingly comfortable 12-2 lead late in the game when the Cards rallied and went on an 8-0 run.

Linnea Faccenda, Haley Nelson and Meghan Hubbard each scored once for Downingtown East and Allie Murray was the winning goalie.

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6/1/13 – PIAA girls’ quarterfinals: Radnor throttles Springfield-Delco, 15-8

By Harry Chaykun, Posted 6/1/13

Radnor took advantage of a strong start and a solid effort at both ends of the field to earn a 15-8 decision over Springfield-Delco today in a PIAA Tournament quarterfinal game at West Chester East’s Zimmerman Stadium.

The Red Raiders (19-4), who placed third in the District 1 Tournament, will take on District 7 champion Peters Township in a semifinal game Tuesday. Peters Township (19-2) rolled past State College, 16-4, in another quarterfinal match Saturday for its 11th consecutive victory.

Radnor scored three times in the first 2:23 against Springfield and owned a 7-0 lead at halftime. Goalie Grace Collins stopped three Cougars shots in the half, and Springfield hit the post a couple of times and fired several shots over Collins’ head.

“Getting the jump like that really helped us,” Radnor coach Brooke Fritz said. “Grace had some saves, and they missed some shots. We had changed our defense a little Friday because we knew (Alex Poplawski) and (Emily Santana) would get the ball and want to go (to goal).”

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6/1/13 – PIAA girls’ quarterfinals: Harriton dominates second half, topples Kennard-Dale, 20-9

By Chris Goldberg, posted 6/1/13

Harriton coach George Dick says his Rams are still “adjusting to life without (injured) Sabrina Tabasso.”

“She is our drawer, makes our clears, leads our fast break,” he said. “She is a tough girl to not have.”

Today at Exeter High, the Rams managed well without their star junior (out with a broken foot) for the second game, as senior Caleigh Foust (seven goals, two assists, eight draw controls) led a second-half charge in a 20-9 victory over Kennard-Dale in a PIAA quarterfinal.

The District 1 champion Rams (23-2) will play Manheim Township in the semifinals at a neutral site, probably Exeter. Manheim, the District 3 champion, defeated Wyoming Seminary, 18-5, also at Exeter.

Kennard-Dale, the District 3 runner-up, had closed within 8-7 early in the second half with a 5-1 run that included five man-up goals.

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6/1/16 – South Jersey girls’ Group championships: Moorestown cruises past Seneca; Shawnee downs Lenape, Posted 6/1/16
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Robin Panzarella had four goals and an assist and Quinn Nicolai scored four goals as host Moorestown rolled to a 16-4 victory over Seneca today in the South Jersey Group 3 championship.

The Quakers (18-5) advance to Saturday’s state title game vs. Summit at Kean University at 4 p.m.

Julia Bolte, Anni Nissen and Cailin Field each had two goals for Moorestown, which led only 6-4 at halftime.

The goalie tandem of Lawson Hayes and Jess Goralski led the defense as Moorestown shut down Seneca after several crease goals for the visitors made things tense. Nikki Dadino had three ground balls and Jenna Martinelli and Delaney Lawler followed with two apiece.

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6/1/16 – PIAA girls: @stogagirlslax topples Archbishop Carroll, 15-9, in battle of friendly foes

By Harry Chaykun, Posted 6/1/16

Carroll’s Meg Matey is defended by Sondra Hickey (Photo for

The respect between the Conestoga and Archbishop Carroll girls’ lacrosse players goes on before and after their teams play.

When the Pioneers and Patriots meet in a game as important as the PIAA Tournament opener, as they did at Neumann University Wednesday afternoon, the friendly smiles and waves turn into serious looks and hard checks from the opening whistle until the final horn.

Conestoga (22-1), the fifth-place team from District 1, fell behind early despite some solid saves by goalie Jules Horning, then went on a scoring streak that carried through the last 14 minutes of the first half and most of the second half and earned a 15-9 decision over District 12 champion Carroll (19-4).

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6/1/19 – Harriton avenges big loss to Radnor, advances to PIAA Class AAA semifinals

By Harry Chaykun, Posted 6/1/19

The clock kept running as Harriton players passed the ball and made cuts in front of the goal during the second half of the Rams’ PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal game against Radnor at Harold Zimmerman Stadium at West Chester East Saturday afternoon.

Katelin Willliams (left), Lucy Dwyer

Harriton, the District 1 runner-up, had been blitzed, 23-11, by Radnor in a Central League game played in early April. The teams played with a running ‘mercy’ clock for a good part of that afternoon.

“No running clock today,” said Rams head coach George Dick said after Harriton (22-2) knocked off Radnor, 13-7, to qualify for a semifinal round match Tuesday with Downingtown West (at Henderson, 4 p.m.). The Whippets eliminated District 1 champion Conestoga, 12-11, in overtime in the second game of the doubleheader at East

“What did they have, something like 29 draw controls the last time we played them? We’re a different team now than we were then,” said Dick. “Whatever they did that day against us, things went their way. Today, we controlled the tempo, used our game plan, and we got a great team win.”

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