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

Friday, 5th 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 6/5/20

6/5/10 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: Conestoga rolls past Emmaus, 15-5

By Scott Johnston, Posted 6/5/10

Is there any boys’ team playing better lacrosse in the state of Pennsylvania right now than the Conestoga Pioneers?

Conestoga’s Ryan Buttenbaum (right) faces off vs. Emmaus’ Tate Klidonas (Photo by Scott Growney).

In a word:  No.

Ignited by a season-high five-goal performance from sophomore Tyler Brooke, the District 1 champs rolled to their 14th consecutive win by scoring early and often in cruising past District 11 champ Emmaus, 15-5, this afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoffs at Harriton.

The Pioneers (22-2) advance to Tuesday’s semifinal round against Manheim Township at a site and time to be determined. Manheim Township, the District 3 runner-up, defeated Franklin Regional, 17-9. Emmaus ends its season at 16-8 after falling to Conestoga in the PIAA quarterfinals for the second year in a row at Harriton.

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6/5/11 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: CB East avenges early-season loss to Allentown Central Catholic; will get another shot at Conestoga in semis

By Scott Johnston, Posted 6/5/11

In building its impressive 22-2 resume this season, there have been only two teams that have been able to knock off coach Bruce Garcia’s Central Bucks East Patriots.

Central Bucks East goalie Harrison Holak makes one of his 11 saves during Saturday’s 9-6 win over Allentown Central Catholic

Allentown Central Catholic and Conestoga.

On Saturday, in its quarterfinal round matchup against ACC in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state tournament, the Pats got revenge for a season-opening 10-8 loss to the Vikes back on March 26, by defeating the District 11 champs, 9-6, at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School in Shillington.

On Tuesday, in the semifinals with a berth in the state finals on the line, the Patriots will have an opportunity to do the same to the defending state champs.

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6/5/12 – PIAA boys’ semifinals: Rambo scores six goals, La Salle routs Mt. Lebanon, 12-3, to advance to title game for 3rd time, Posted 6/5/12
Staff Report

The dream matchup between two perennial boys’ lacrosse state heavyweights is set in Pennsylvania.

Matt Rambo tallied six goals – including three in an amazing 28-second spurt of the second period – and added an assist as La Salle dominated Mt. Lebanon, 12-3, today in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association semifinals at State College.

The Explorers (20-4) advance to the state finals Saturday to meet a familiar foe – Conestoga – in a 3 p.m. grudge match at HersheyPark Stadium.

La Salle and Conestoga have met in the PIAA finals twice in the past three years. La Salle won the 2009 state final and Conestoga took the rematch in 2010. last year Conestoga toppled St. Joseph’s Prep in the finals.

“They are the ones who took it (the championship) from us and we want the chance to take it back,” said La Salle coach Bill Leahy.

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6/5/12 – PIAA boys’ semifinals: Conestoga topples Radnor, 10-2, advances to state finals for 4th straight year

By James Boyle, Posted 6/5/12

Bradlee Lord led a balanced attack with two goals and two assists as Conestoga defeated Radnor, 10-2, today at Harriton High to advance to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse championship for the fourth time in the four-year history of the game.

Conestoga’s Tyler Brooke heads toward the goal in Tuesday’s win

The District 1 champion Pioneers (22-3) led from start to finish and held a 7-1 halftime edge.

Conestoga will play La Salle in the state final on Saturday at 3 p.m. at HersheyPark Stadium. The Pioneers won the last two PIAA crowns (over St. Joseph’s Prep last year and La Salle in 2010) and fell to La Salle in the 2009 final.

Jake Scott added two goals and an assist for Conestoga while Tyler Brooke scored twice.

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6/5/16 – Salesianum School rolls past Appoquinimink, 16-7, for second straight Delaware state title, Posted 6/5/16
Staff Report

Senior Luke Bianchino had three goals and two assists, Michael Drake had two goals and six assists and three other players scored twice Saturday night to lead Salesianum School to a 16-7 win over Appoquinimink in the Delaware state lacrosse title game at Caravel Academy.

The top-seeded Sals (16-3, ranked No. 9 by won their second straight title and fifth in six years.

Garrett Cannon, Taylor Witherell and Brett Hobbs each scored two goals for Sallies, who stretched a 5-3 lead in the second quarter to 12-3 at halftime.

Cross Ferrera had four goals and John Dunbar two for the Jags (14-5), who reached the finals as the No. 6 seed.

“Our ultimate goal every year is to win a state championship and it’s just a great feeling to end the season with that final win,” said Sals senior midfielder Luke Bianchino, a First-Team All-State pick and US lacrosse All-American. “It really is just a testament to the hard work our coaches and players put in year around.”

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Salesianum School celebrates the Delaware state championship (Courtesy of Salesianum School)

6/5/18 – PIAA boys’ Class AAA semifinals: La Salle’s offense uses big second half in 7-4 win over Conestoga

By Chris Jastrzembski, Posted 6/5/18

It took some time to get La Salle going in its PIAA Class AAA semifinal matchup against Conestoga Tuesday at Owen J. Roberts. Matter of fact, it took more time than usual for the team to get to Owen J. Roberts in the first place.

La Salle’s Chris Mockaitis scored the tying and winning goals Tuesday (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

And it showed early on, as the Explorers trailed the Pioneers, 3-0, midway through the second quarter.

“We downshifted so big the other night (against Parkland),” said La Salle head coach Bill Leahy. “We played a slow as you can play, and I think we were still stuck in that.”

But once the Explorers shook off their nerves, they looked like a whole different team. La Salle scored seven of the game’s final eight goals en route to a 7-4 win over its District I rival to return to the PIAA state championship game for the first time since 2016.

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6/5/18 – Mazur, Palermo lift Strath Haven past Mars in OT, 12-11, for berth in AA final, Posted 6/5/18
Staff Report

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Christian Mazur didn’t win the majority of his draws Tuesday. The Strath Haven freshman didn’t even take the majority of faceoffs for the Panthers on the day.

But on the draw that mattered most, the draw to start overtime in the PIAA Class 2A semifinal with Mars Area High School, Mazur did more than just win the ball. He won a penalty. And in short order, his Panthers won the game.

Nicky Palermo.. GW goal in OT

Nicky Palermo scored his third goal off an assist from Ethan Belville as Haven won, 12-11, in a twice-delayed affair.

The win sends the District 1 third seed to Saturday’s final at West Chester East (at 2:30 p.m.) against District 1 champion Bishop Shanahan, which disposed of York Catholic 17-5 in the nightcap at Cumberland Valley High School.

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6/5/19 – La Salle finishes stunning comeback win over Garnet Valley, 11-10, on Mallee goal in second OT, Posted 6/5/19
Staff Report

Dan Mallee said his La Salle captains clearly defined what his team faced when it began the fourth period trailing 10-4 Tuesday against Garnet Valley in the PIAA class AAA semifinals.

Dan Mallee

“Our captains brought us over and they said, ‘This could be the last 12 minutes I could ever wear a La Salle Explorers uniform,’” said Mallee. “This got us all fired up, we knew we had to keep chugging – keep going.”

The Explorers will chug their way to West Chester East Saturday for the state chapionship game. They made a stunning rally to tie the game and then won it, 11-10, in the second overtime on Mallee’s rebound goal at Avon Grove.

The win advanced District 12 champion La Salle (21-5) into another title-game match with Conestoga, an 8-7 winner over Radnor. Conestoga and La Salle have met four times for the state title (all when there was only one classification) in the first 10 years of PIAA play.

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6/5/19 – Boys’ Class AAA semifinals: Conestoga edges Radnor to draw another clash with La Salle

By Karen Sangillo, Posted 6/5/19

Conestoga’s Julian Grove probably said it the best.

“What a game,” said Grove, a senior. “It was crazy.”

It was a back-and-forth affair but in the end, Conestoga came out on top, defeating league rival Radnor, 8-7, Tuesday in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals at Harriton.

Julian Grove

Brendan Murphy (3G, 2A) scored the game-winner with 3:11 to play off a Joey Allen feed, and the Pioneers (21-3) fought hard to hang on.

They lost the subsequent face off, got the ball back but turned it over with nine second to go. But the Red Raiders could not convert.

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6/5/19 – Boys’ Class AA semifinals: Hershey rallies past Strath Haven, 10-9, on late tally by Sickler, Posted 6/5/19
Staff Report

Mark Sickler scored with 23 seconds to play, giving Hershey a stunning 10-9 win over Strath Haven today at Exeter in the PIAA Class AA semifinals.

The District 3 Trojans (19-5) had tied the game with 54 seconds remaining as Sickler forced a turnover, picked up the groundball and fed Nick Rizzo, who buried the equalizer. Adam Paymer won the next faceoff, setting up Sickler’s game winner.

“I’m speechless,” said Sickler, headed to plat at West Point. “It shows the hard work we’ve given this past year. There have been a lot of great Hershey teams that have gone through and none of them had the opportunity to make a state final.

“To be able to go this far, win districts for the first time ever is special because of our alumni and our coaches and what they have done for us.”

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