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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from June 6 (boys’/men’s)

Saturday, 6th June 2020

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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)

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/20

6/6/09 – La Salle downs Conestoga, 7-3, to claim 2nd straight state championship

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/09

HERSHEY – Revenge was sweet for La Salle, in more ways than one.

The Explorers used a stifling defense, a hat trick from Peter Schwartz and brilliant goaltending from Niko Amato to rally from an early 2-0 deficit and topple Conestoga, 7-3, today for the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse championship at HersheyPark Stadium.

The win gave La Salle (21-4) back-to-back state championships. The Explorers won the final Keystone Cup crown last year when the state tournament was run by the Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Associations.

This year the PIAA, the state’s governing body for sports, took over jurisdiction of boys’ lacrosse for the first time and sanctioned the state tourney. In either case, La Salle is the first to win two straight PA state titles since Ridley won three in a row from 2001-03.

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La Salle celebrates the 2009 PIAA championship

6/6/10 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: La Salle gains revenge on Springfield-Delco with 8-5 victory

By Russ Atkinson & Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/10

Senior attackman Christian Cardinal scored four goals and La Salle jumped to a 6-2 halftime lead Saturday en route to an 8-5 victory over Springfield-Delco in the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse tournament at Harriton.

The District 12 champion Explorers (20-2) will face Seneca Valley in the semifinals Tuesday at a neutral site. Seneca Valley (20-2), the third-place finisher from District 7, advanced by downing District 7 champion Sewickley Academy, 12-7.

The District 1 runner-up Cougars (20-3), who defeated La Salle, 11-5, on May 1, started off quickly as Billy McCullough won the opening face-off and fed Colin Keegan for a 1-0 lead nine seconds into play.

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Springfield-Delco’s Josh Cavanaugh is pursued by La Salle’s Luke Vrancken (Photo by Scott Growney)

6/6/11 – Former Penn Charter, Duke standout McDevitt comes home to bring lacrosse camp to boys in Northeast Philadelphia

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/11

Tony McDevitt is living proof that you can be successful in lacrosse even if you start playing the sport later in life or come from the city.

Former Penn Charter and Duke standout Tony McDevitt preaches opportunity and education at his annual camp

Last Thursday and Friday McDevitt held his annual boys’ lacrosse camp at Archbishop Ryan for Our Lady of Calvary Church in Northeast Philadelphia. More than 100 youngsters of all ages attended the evening sessions held for two days.

McDevitt began playing lacrosse when he entered Penn Charter as a 9th grader. He became a standout defenseman, as well as a star in football and basketball at Penn Charter and chose to play lacrosse at Duke.

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6/6/15 – PIAA boys’ championship: Wilson’s OT goal lifts @RadnorBoysLax past @SJPLacrosse, 11-10

By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/15

HERSHEY, Pa. – Jack Wilson scored with 44.2 seconds left in overtime Saturday to lift Radnor to an 11-10 victory over St. Joseph’s Prep in the PIAA Title game at Hersheypark Stadium.

Radnor wins the 2015 PIAA boys’ lacrosse championship

“I’m in disbelief, total shock,” Wilson said after being mobbed by his teammates and spectators who rushed the field. “I was wide open and I had a clear lane. My shot just went in.”

Wilson scored on a pass from Drew Ryan to snap a tie and give the Raiders (21-6) their first state title. Ryan finished with a team-high four goals and two assists.

“When the goal went in, I had to double check to make sure,” Radnor coach John Begier said. “What a crazy, emotional feeling.”

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6/6/17 – PIAA Class AAA boys semifinals: Avon Grove beats Central Bucks East for 3rd time

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/17

Zach Augustine and Scooter Whiteside each scored two goals and Avon Grove defeated Central Bucks East, 7-5, today at Methacton to advance to the PIAA Class AAA championship.

AG’s Zach Augustine

The Devils (22-2) will play Conestoga (22-3) Saturday in the championship game at West Chester East at 4 p.m. Conestoga, which advanced with a 13-3 win over Mt. Lebanon, toppled Avon Grove just two weeks ago in the District 1 finals, 14-12.

Avon Grove had already beaten CB East twice before this year – 8-3 in the regular season and 10-9 in the District 1 semifinals.

The Devils never trailed and broke open a 2-2 game with three unanswered goals by Augustine, Whiteside and defenseman Bryce DeMuth as they capitalized on several key CB East (18-6) turnovers.

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6/6/17 – PIAA boys’ roundup: @Stoga_Lax (AAA), @wchendersonlax (AA) advance to finals

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/17

Four players scored two goals and James Reilly won 11 of 13 faceoffs while Scott MacMillan posted 10 saves as Conestoga defeated Mt. Lebanon, 13-3, today at Cumberland Valley to advance to the first PIAA Class AAA championship.

The District 1 champion and Central League co-champ Pioneers (22-3) will face the Avon Grove-Central Bucks East winner in the title game Saturday at West Chester East at 4 p.m.

Nick Braendel of Conestoga scores one of his two goals (Photo by Tim Flatley)

Tommy Sopko and Nick Braendel each had two goals and an assist and Henry Berg and Kent Hjelm each scored twice for the Pioneers. Sean Bailey added a goal and three assists as Conestoga broke open a 2-2 game by outscoring Mt. Lebanon (13-10) 7-1 in the middle periods.

Class AA


Henderson 20, Mars Area 9

Archer Rymiszewski poured in six goals as the Warriors (20-3) advanced to their first PIAA title game with a big second period.

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6/6/17 – Salesianum enjoys third straight Delaware state title and sixth in seven years with win over Cape

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/17
Staff Report

Michael Drake understands that every team in Delaware sets its sights on knocking off Salesianum School.

“Every year we know everyone is gunning for us and we use it as motivation,” said the Sallies senior midfielder. “We know they want to knock us off and it’s the seniors’ job to show the younger kids the ropes and lead them to victory.”

The Sals’ seniors did just that Saturday when Salesianum defeated Cape Henlopen, 13-5, to claim its third straight state championship and sixth in seven years.

Sallies (15-3) scored 15 seconds into play on a goal by Patrick Drake and Bradley Santore (three goals, one assist) followed a minute later for a 2-0 lead. Mike Drake made it 3-0 and after Greg Boyce (two goals) scored for Cape (14-5), Santore and Michael Drake made it 5-1.

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Salesianum School won its third straight Delaware state title and sixth in seven years

6/6/18 – PIAA boys’ Class AA: Bishop Shanahan rolls into title game with 17-5 blitz of York Catholic

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/18
Staff Report

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Gabe Goforth gets excited every time he is matched up against a short stick on attack.

Gabe Goforth … 7 goals

The Bishop Shanahan sophomore led a scoring parade Tuesday night with seven goals as the District 1 champion Eagles rolled into the PIAA Class AA final with a 17-5 landslide over District 3’s York Catholic at Cumberland Valley High School.

Shanahan advances to Saturday’s final at West Chester East (2:30 p.m.) to face District 1 third-place finisher Strath Haven, a 12-11 survivor over Mars Tuesday.

Goforth rattled off four consecutive goals in the first quarter to rectify an early strike by York Catholic’s Chandler Hake, and the offense was rarely quiet for long. In three states games, Shanahan has poured in 48 goals. With the bevy of scorers firing away Tuesday, it’s not hard to see how.

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6/6/18 – Manheim Township boys, girls claim wins in Class AAA semifinals in historic day for District 3

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/18
Staff Report

Manheim Township made history Tuesday night by ending Garnet Valley’s magical postseason run with a 15-6 victory in the PIAA Class AAA boys’ lacrosse semifinals at Exeter Township High.

Kyle Lando

In the program’s fourth trip to the state semis, the District 3 champion Blue Streaks now advance to the PIAA title game for the first time in program history. It’s also the first time in the 10-year history of the PIAA playoffs that a boys’ lacrosse championship game will feature a team from an area other than Philly’s Districts 1 or 12.

Manheim Township will meet District 12 champ La Salle (19-4) in Saturday’s state title game, slated for a 4:30 p.m. start at West Chester East High School. Later at Exeter, the Manheim Township girls rallied to topple Springfield-Delco, 12-10, to earn a trip to West Chester East against Unionville.

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6/6/19 – Cape Henlopen downs Salesianum School, 12-10, for Delaware state championship

By David A. Willauer
For Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/19, Updated 6/7/19

Cape Henlopen used a 6-0 run to break open a tight game as it defeated Salesianum School, 12-10, Thursday night for the Delaware boys’ lacrosse state championship at Caesar Rodney High.

It was the first state title for Cape (18-2) since it downed Sallies for the crown in 2014. Salesianum had won the past four crowns.

Jack Dennis scored three goals while Gabriel Best, Luke D’Ambrogi (five assists) and Greg Boyce each scored a pair. Baxter Travers registered 14 saves. Sallies dominated the faceoff X, winning 20 of 25 behind Matt Riley and Matteo Gariffo.

“It feels awesome,” said D’Ambrogi. “We worked really hard to get here. We’ve been together for years, some of the seniors since first grade.

“We’ve been through all the indoor and winter training, weightlifting, and off-season stuff in order to have that feeling of throwing our equipment in the air when the final game ends.”

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Cape Henlopen celebrates the 2019 Delaware state championship

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