(This is one of a regular-day series of boys’/men’s and girls’/women’s stories looking back on this date in history)
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/29/20
By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/29/08
Great Valley senior Rob Moccia relishes the thrill of being a goalie.
“The goalie has a lot of responsibility,” he said. “I like being able to lead my team.”
Moccia has had plenty of practice in his favorite leadership role. He was a hockey goalie for many years as a youth player and was a three-year starter for the Great Valley soccer team.
But it’s been in lacrosse where Moccia has made his name. He earned All-State honors last year while leading the Patriots to their first state playoff win ever and is regarded as one of the top goalies on the East Coast.
By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/29/09
Warning to opposing boys’ lacrosse teams: Beware of the Ghost.
Last week Holy Ghost Prep pulled one of the season’s biggest surprises when it downed Inter-Ac League contender Penn Charter, 11-8, on Thursday. The Firebirds (3-1) suffered their first loss, 8-6, to a strong Unionville squad on Friday, but have earned the year’s first Phillylacrosse.com/Athlete’s Advantage Scholastic Boys’ Team of the Week.
Holy Ghost does not receive much attention because it played in a small league (Northeast) in the past and, now plays in an even smaller league (Bicentennial) that won’t even crown an official champion this year. It opened the year with resounding victories over Harry S Truman (20-1) and Bicentennial League foe Delaware County Christian (20-2).
But no one knew exactly what Holy Ghost was capable of until Thursday. Firebirds coach Lou Cacchio, though, was not surprised his team could play with a top-tier squad, one that was ranked 10th in the PA Lacrosse Media Rankings.
Junior Connor Frisina scored four goals to lead the Conestoga boys’ lacrosse team to an 11-9 victory tonight over Maryland power Boys’ Latin at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.
The Pioneers (2-0) entered play as the No. 5 team in the ESPN RISE Powerade Fab 50 and No. 13 squad in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings.
Boys’ Latin (4-1) was ranked No. 4 in the ESPN RISE rankings and No. 5 in the UA/IL ratings. The Lakers were the MIAA A Division runners-up last year.
“We came into this game thinking it’s Philly and Maryland in a battle and we wanted to show them what Philly lacrosse is all about,” said Frisina.
Adam Goldner scored on a fastbreak to lift visiting Malvern Prep to an 11-10 overtime victory today over Avon Grove in a non-league game.
The Friars, the No 1 team in the Phillylacrosse.com Rankings, improved to 6-0. The Red Devils, ranked No. 4, fell to 1-1.
Avon Grove’s Tanner Peck (two goals) gave his team the lead with 2:30 to play, but Malvern Prep sent it into overtime when Conor Glancy scored with 14 seconds left.
Kevin McGeary led Malvern with four goals and Goldner had two goals and three assists while Kyle Anderson, who had the assist on the game-winner, also had two goals. Charles Kelly won 16 of 22 face-offs.
For Avon Grove, Bryce Reid had two goals and an assist while Stephen Cyron, Ryan Cook and Tanner Peck each scored twice.
Springfield-Delco senior attackman Kyle Long became the school’s all-time point leader tonight when he led the Cougars to a 10-9 win over Spring-Ford in a non-league game.
Long had two goals and four assists and now has 329 career points, passing Greg Campbell (324), a 1992 grad and All-American. Lucas Spence, a 2015 grad playing at Lehigh, is third at 297.
“Greg Campbell is a legend – it’s an honor to be mentioned in the same category as him and the other Springfield greats on that list.
“I have been really fortunate to play on some great teams that played deep into the state playoffs. That has granted me more opportunities to play in more games and have more opportunities to accumulate points. Also, I have played with some great shooters and finishers that have helped me be successful.”
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/29/18
By Justin Lafleur, Lehigh Sports Communications
Lehigh men’s lacrosse senior John Mehok (Bishop Shanahan, Team ManUp) has become all too familiar with the medical field after suffering season-ending injuries as both a sophomore and junior.
You would think he’d want to stay as far away from doctors as possible, but Mehok’s post-graduate aspirations actually include the medical field.
“I’m looking to get into medical device sales,” he said. “You go around to hospitals or different accounts and sell whatever devices the company is selling to different surgeons. Everything is based on the doctors’ preferences of what they like to use in certain surgeries, like shoulder surgeries or ACL surgeries.”