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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from June 4 (boys’/men’s)

Thursday, 4th June 2020

Categories Boy's/Men'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 6/4/20

6/4/08 – La Salle downs Malvern Prep, 4-3, earns ticket to Keystone Cup finals

By Ben Skalina, Posted 6/4/08

Winning ain’t always pretty.

Tuesday night at Garnet Valley, La Salle exemplified that cliché as it used a gutsy effort from its defense and continued fine goalkeeping from Niko Amato to hold on for a 4-3 win over Malvern Prep in the last-ever Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association championship game.

“We talk about being resilient; resilient in life, resilient in lacrosse,” La Salle coach Bill Leahy said. “We’ve been through adversity by losing (standout) Tyler Knarr, and they always bounce back.”

La Salle’s first EPSLA title since 2004 was also a result of strong goaltending and the way the Explorers’ defense of Eric Heisner, Mike Noone, Tucker Durkin and long-stick middie Tyler Houchins shut down the explosive Friars in the biggest game of the year.

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6/4/11 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: St. Joseph’s Prep rallies for dramatic OT win over Manheim Township, 11-10

By Russ Atkinson, Posted 6/4/11

Blaine Fleming scored with 28 seconds left in overtime today to give St. Joseph’s Prep a dramatic 11-10 victory over Manheim Township in the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse tournament at Spring-Ford High.

The Hawks (18-4) advance to the semifinals Tuesday when they will meet the winner of today’s all-District 7 quarterfinals game between Mount Lebanon and Sewickley Academy.

Manheim Township, the District 3 champion, finishes at 22-2,

The Blue Streaks, who entered the day ranked No. 2 in the PA Media Rankings in the PIAA behind Conestoga, held the lead most of the game and led, 10-8, with 5:20 to play in regulation.

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6/4/13 – PIAA boys’ semifinals: Conestoga uses 12-1 run to topple Avon Grove, 13-4; returns to finals for 5th straight year

By James Boyle, Posted 6/4/13

The Conestoga boys’ lacrosse team outscored Avon Grove, 12-1, in a stunning run that carried the Pioneers to a 13-4 victory over the Red Devils today in the PIAA semifinals at Henderson High.

Conestoga’s Sam Friedman, who scored three goals, heads toward the goal with Joey Malone defending in Tuesday’s 13-4 win over Avon Grove (Photo for

The win vaulted the three-time defending state champion Pioneers (15-10) into the PIAA championship game Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium vs. La Salle at 2:30 p.m.

Conestoga, the fourth-place team from District 1, has advanced to the PIAA finals for the fifth time in the five-year existence of the game. The Pioneers have played the explorers three times, defeating them in 2010 and 2012 while falling to the Explorers in 2009.

Sam Friedman led the Pioneers with three goals while Pierre Atkinson and Jake Scott each scored a pair of goals. Zach Schleicher had a goal and three assists, while Connor Ashton and Alex Mezey each had a goal and two assists.

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6/4/16 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: Baskin helps @LaSalle_Sports down Wilson, 14-5; Manheim cruises

By Bradley Schlegel, Posted 6/4/16

BIRDSBORO, Pa. – Brett Baskin had four goals and two assists to lead La Salle to a 14-5 win over Wilson in the quarterfinals of the PIAA playoffs Saturday at Daniel Boone.

Brett Baskin

“Brett has had a great year,” his head coach Bill Leahy said. “He does a lot on the field. He knows how to go to goal, and he is tough to cover.”

Matthew Clibanoff delivered three goals and two assists for the Explorers (20-3), who advance to the semifinals Tuesday against Manheim Township at Exeter at 1 p.m. Manheim routed Mt. Lebanon, 17-5.

Wilson finished 25-1.

“This feels great,” said Baskin, who also had the winning overtime goal in Wednesday’s first-round game vs. Bishop Shanahan. “We’ve worked so hard this season It’s an awesome feeling to take another step towards a state title.”

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6/4/16 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: Strath Haven rallies past Upper Dublin, 10-9

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/4/16

Strath Haven scored three straight goals midway through the fourth period and then held off District 1 champion Upper Dublin, 10-9, today in the PIAA boys’ lacrosse quarterfinals at Harriton.

Strath Haven’s Hunter Mazur (right) fights for the ball vs. Jack Rapine at the face-off X (Photo by Alan Simpson)

The victory advanced the Panthers (19-6) into the semifinals Tuesday vs. Springfield-Delco, a 7-6 winner over Avon Grove, at Penncrest at 7 p.m

The Cards (21-3) had leads of 5-2 and 7-4, but the Panthers went on a 6-1 run at that point behind Jack Borbee (three goals, one assist), Will Huestis (two goals, three assists), Jake Ross (two goals) and Hunter Mazur (two goals).

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6/4/16 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: Springfield-Delco defense, Long’s game-winner topple Avon Grove, 7-6

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/4/16

Kyle Long scored the game-winner with 41 seconds left and Springfield-Delco used a stingy defense and strong goaltending from James Spence today to topple Avon Grove, 7-6, in the PIAA quarterfinals at Harriton.

The Cougars (18-7), the District 1 third seed, will face familiar foe Strath Haven – a 10-9 winner over Upper Dublin – in the semifinals Tuesday at a site and time to be determined. Springfield and Strath Haven have split their two games this year – the Cougars won the District 1 third-place game, 5-4, 10 days ago and fell to the Panthers, 7-5, in an early-season Central League game.

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6/4/17 – Avon Grove shuts down Garnet Valley, 10-5; will play CB East in semifinals

By Barry Sankey, Posted 6/4/17

Avon Grove has all facets of its game working Saturday afternoon during a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game at Methacton High School.

The Red Devils jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and used strong defense, clutch goaltending and superb work at the face-off X to topple Garnet Valley, 10-5, and earn a trip to Tuesday’s semifinals against Central Bucks East – the surprise 8-6 winner over La Salle.

Bryce De Muth

That game will also be held at Methacton at 4 p.m. The Devils (21-2) have beaten CB East (18-5) twice this year, 8-3 on April 8 and then 10-9 in the District 1 semifinals.

“We came in here with high energy,” said Avon Grove senior attackman Brendan Harman, who had four goals. “We were all focused. We really wanted to win this game. We know when we play our game, we can beat anybody in the state.

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6/4/18 – Salesianum School downs Caesar Rodney, 14-9, for 4th straight Delaware state championship, Posted 6/4/18
Staff Report

Salesianum School scored five unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter and defeated Caesar Rodney, 14-9, tonight to claim its fourth straight Delaware state championship at Caravel Academy.

The Sals (16-3) have won seven of the past eight state titles and nine of the last 12.

The Riders (16-3) trailed, 8-6, at halftime and pulled within 8-7 and then 9-8 before the end of the third period before Salesianum’s Brett Hobbs (two goals, two assists) scored to key the 5-0 spurt.

Cooper Urban had five goals for Sallies while Pat Drake had three goals and an assist and Brad Santore added two goals and three assists. Logan falconetti had two goals and an assist and Brady Emmi had 9 saves in goal while Matt Riley and Matteo Gariffo were strong at the faceoff X.

No Delaware team had ever won four straight championships.

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Salesianum School celebrates the 2018 Delaware state title

6/4/19 – Boys’ Class AA semifinals: Bishop Shanahan rolls into another state final, Posted 6/4/19
Staff Report

Kyle Gucwa pumped in six goals and had two assists and Gabe Goforth added four goals and two assists while Tyler Kingsbury won 20 of 26 faceoffs as Bishop Shanahan routed Crestwood, 20-6, today at Emmaus in the PIAA Class AA boys’ lacrosse semifinals.

Shanahan (20-1) will defend its state title Saturday against District 3 champion Hershey (19-5) – a 10-9 winner over Strath Haven – at West Chester East at 2:30 p.m. Last year Shanahan defeated Strath Haven in the finals.

Owen Murray added two goals and three assists for the Eagles, who bolted to a 10-2 halftime lead and never looked back.

Crestwood, the District 2 champion, got two goals each from Anthony Caporuscio and TJ Kulak. Caparuscio, a junior attackman, finishes the year with 115 goals and has a state record 320 overall.

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