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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from March 25 (boys’/men’s)

Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, 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 history), Posted 3/25/20

3/25/08 – Boys’ lacrosse highlight game: Malvern Prep upends Downingtown East, 6-3

For three periods, the Malvern Prep lacrosse team lived up to the hype.

Chris Layne scored two goals and the host Friars went out to a 6-0 lead before staving off a late rally and topping Downingtown East, 6-3, Tuesday in an early-season showdown of the past two state champions.

Malvern (3-0), loaded with Division I recruits, was ranked second in the first Top 10 Poll and 12th in the latest STX Inside Lacrosse National Poll. The Cougars (2-1), last year’s state champions, were ranked 3rd in the poll.

Layne, a midfielder who has committed to North Carolina, scored the only goal of the first period and then followed a breakaway tally by Penn State-bound Matt Mackrides to make it 3-0 midway through the second period. Junior Conor Steidle made it 4-0 late in the half while Matt Conte (North Carolina) and Colin McGeehan (Holy Cross) added to the pad with third-period goals.

“It was good to jump on them early,” said Layne, who also assisted on the McGeehan goal. “We got the momentum and they were playing from behind.

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3/25/09 – La Salle gives up late lead in 8-7 loss to Gilman in battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2

The good news for La Salle was that it returned to form and played like a team capable of beating anyone in the nation.

The bad news was that the Explorers made several key errors and giveaways in the final minutes and fell, 8-7, in overtime to host Gilman School in a battle between the two top-ranked boys’ in the nation by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse.

La Salle (1-2) seized a 5-1 halftime lead, led 7-3 after three periods and held a 7-5 advantage until the Greyhounds (3-0) scored to make it 7-6 with just over two minutes in the game.

Gilman then sent it onto overtime with 13 seconds left in regulation on a goal by Dave Emala. La Salle had a man-up chance early in OT, but a pass was stolen and the Gilman player took it downfield and beat Niko Amato (nine saves) for the win.

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3/25/12 – Saturday’s high school wrap: Episcopal Academy, Penn Charter boys earn key out-of-state wins; Garnet Valley tops Manheim

Visiting Episcopal Academy broke open a tight game with a 4-0 spurt in the third period and toppled previously-undefeated St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (VA) 8-4 Saturday to improve its record to 4-0.

The Churchmen have now defeated Bullis and McDonogh of Maryland and a Saints team that was 5-0 and coming off a 7-5 win over nationally-ranked Boys’ Latin (Md.).

Episcopal Academy’s Morgan Westby scores one of his two goals in win vs. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes on Saturday (Photo by Susan Coote)

Morgan Westby and Tyler Odell each had two goals to lead the balanced Churchmen while Dutch Buckley, Jon Garino and Curtis Zappala each had a goal and an assist and Ian Strain scored once.

Henry Coote (five saves) and Tyler Morrell (three saves) shared the duties in goal.

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3/25/14 – HEADstrong Gala: IRONMAN Fitzgerald is Nicholas E. Colleluori Award winner for overcoming Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, heart transplant

Derek Fitzgerald has beaten Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and near-complete heart failure.


“I’ve got a great support system, with my wife and family, and I really never looked at the mountain I had to climb,” he said. “I took just one step ahead and kept it that way.”

Derek, LeeAnn Fitzgerald
Nicholas E. Colleluori Award winner Derek Fitzgerald with wife LeeAnn

Fitzgerald, 41, of Harleysville, was honored Friday night at the annual HEADstrong Gala at the Hyatt Regency in Philly with the prestigious Nicholas E. Collelouri Award.

His story is equally amazing, inspirational and heartwarming. His resolve is unmatched.

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3/25/14 – Philly boys’ H.S. previews: Ches-Mont’s Avon Grove, Henderson, West Chester East

Avon Grove

Head Coach: Eric Jackson (14th year), Asst. Dan Deckelbaum, Asst. Brian Wallace, Asst. Eric Neil, Asst. Keith Jacoby.

Boys previews

Last year’s record: 21-4, Co-ChesMont Champions, District 1 Champions, State Semi-Finalists

Key Returning players: Will Schreiner, Danny Norris, Brendan McNicholas, Nick Cardile, Anthony Cardile, Jake Parola, Beau Kush, Eric Russo, Bryce Reid, Tanner Peck, Stephen Cyron, Ryan Cook. Key Newcomers: “Many players are competing for positions and everyone in our program is important to our success.”

Coach’s Outlook: “We return a number of skilled players. We need to keep working hard, focus on the details and improve every opportunity we have together. Our schedule is going to challenge us and we need to take the season one game at a time with the hope to be competing our best in May.”

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