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

Friday, 5th June 2020

Categories 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 6/5/20

6/5/09 – PIAA girls’ preview: Radnor, Strath Haven meet for first official state title

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/5/09

Since District 1 began holding girls’ lacrosse tournaments in 1976, the winners were  considered by most to be the unofficial or “mythical” state champions.

Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium, the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) champion will be crowned when Radnor and Strath Haven meet at noon for the title.

Radnor coach Phyllis Kilgour believes the past district champions had every right to call themselves state champions.

“The District 1 championship has never been ‘mythical,”” said Kilgour, who has won 546 games and six district crowns in her illustrious career. “For me or anyone else who won it, that is all there was.

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6/5/10 – PIAA girls’ quarterfinals: Unionville starts slow, then cruises past Penn Manor, 21-9, Posted 6/5/10

Lizzy Carney collected four goals and three assists and Lindsey Smith had four goals and one assist to lead Unionville to a 21-9 victory over Penn Manor today in the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association quarterfinals.

The win advances the Indians (23-3), the third-place finisher from District 1, into the semifinals Tuesday against District 1 champion Radnor at a site and time to be determined. Radnor topped Downingtown East, 20-12.

Penn Manor (18-6), the third-place finisher from District 3, had taken a 2-1 lead early in the game as Unionville struggled to find its vaunted passing game. But the Indians called a time out and soon took control of the game. They led, 12-6, at halftime.

“We didn’t play our game in the first 15 minutes and our and we were slow to start,” said Unionville coach Wendy Landry. “We weren’t playing as a team or communicating.

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6/5/11 – PIAA girls’ quarterfinals: Garnet Valley downs Archbishop Carroll, 15-10, to reach semifinal matchup with Penn Manor

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/5/11

The Garnet Valley girls’ lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-1 lead and defeated Archbishop Carroll, 15-10, Saturday at Harriton and earned a spot in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) semifinals.

The Jaguars (22-3) will meet District 3 third-place finisher Penn Manor, which advanced by outscoring Disttict 7’s Sewickley Academy, 21-17, in the quarterfinals. The game will be played at Gov., Mifflin High in Shillington, Berks County, Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Garnet Valley, the District 1 runner-up, scored three goals in less than three minutes to open the game Saturday and led, 8-4, at halftime, before opening up an 11-4 bulge early in the second half.

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6/5/11 – PIAA girls’ quarterfinals: Downingtown East rolls past Cocalico into semifinal matchup with familiar foe Great Valley, Posted 6/5/11

Emily Solenberger had five goals and two assists and Ashley Poli contributed four gals and two assists while Linnea Faccenda scored four goals and Kelly Devlin reached 200 career goals to help Downingtown East rout Cocalico, 19-4, Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) tournament at Gov. Mifflin High.

The District 1 champion Cougars (24-1) will meet Ches-Mont League foe Great Valley in the semifinals Tuesday at Harriton High at 4 p.m. Great Valley advanced with an 11-10 overtime victory over Springfield-Delco. Downingtown East, the Ches-Mont champ, defeated Great Valley, 9-7, during the regular season.

Devlin had three goals to hit her milestone and Nicole Barretta added two goals and two assists for Downingtown East, which led, 12-3, at halftime.

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6/5/12 – PIAA girls’ semifinals: Garnet Valley edges Radnor, 15-14, to advance to state finals for 2nd straight year

By Harry Chaykun, Posted 6/5/12

Last week, Garnet Valley had to play Harriton for the third time this season.

The Jaguars, who had lost to the Rams in the District 1 Tournament third-place game, claimed victory and qualified for the semifinal round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls’ Lacrosse Tournament.

Tuesday afternoon at Haverford High, Garnet Valley and Radnor got together for the third time in 2012. The Jags, who lost to the Red Raiders in the semifinal round of districts, survived a late Radnor rally and earned a 15-14 decision to qualify for the PIAA championship game at Hersheypark Stadium Saturday at 12:30.

Garnet Valley’s opponent in the state final will be another Central League rival, Strath Haven, which will be back at Hershey for the first time since 2009, when the Panthers bowed to Radnor in the first PIAA title contest.

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6/5/13 – New Jersey girls’ Tournament of Champions semifinals: Shawnee advances with 13-12 OT win

By Pat White, Posted 6/5/13

LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Carly Demato scored off a Caroline Shinske feed with 1:16 left in the first overtime period today as Shawnee defeated Summit, 13-12, in a thrilling New Jersey Tournament of Champions semifinal at Monmouth University.

The win vaults the Group 4 champion Renegades (19-2) into the first T of C final Saturday (at Kean University, 7:30 p.m.) vs. today’s Moorestown-Oak Knoll winner.

Shawnee’s Shannon Nugent was a standout with five goals, including the game-tying tally from Demato with 1:57 to play. Nugent also had given her team a short-lived 11-10 lead with 6:40 to play after the Renegades had killed off a two-minute man-down situation.

After that goal, Summit (18-5) freshman Sara Syznal (four goals) tied it with 3:40 to play and Stephanie Ford scored off a Shawnee turnover with 2:24 left in regulation.

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6/5/18 – PIAA Class AA girls: Villa Maria downs Radnor, 14-8, to advance to first state title game

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/5/18

Villa Maria Academy junior Abby Walheim said it’s not a surprise that her Hurricanes lacrosse team will be playing in their first state championship game.

“It was really a goal for us,” she said. “Now we are actually here; we thought we could do it. We worked so hard all season and it’s really paying off.”

Abby Walheim

Walheim collected three goals, three assists, six draw controls and three caused turnovers as Villa Maria (22-2) dominated the second half and toppled Radnor, 14-8, today in the PIAA Class AA semifinals at West Chester Rustin.

Villa Maria, which had defeated Radnor, 9-4, in the District 1 title game, will face District 3 fourth-place finisher Kennard-Dale, an 11-9 winner over Susquehannock, in the final at 10 a.m. Saturday at West Chester East. Kennard-Dale fell to Radnor in last year’s state final, 20-8, the first time a non-District 1 or 12 team had ever played for a PIAA title.

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