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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 20 (boys’/men’s)

Wednesday, 20th May 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 lacrosse history), Posted 5/20/20

5/20/08 – EPSLA playoffs: Springfield-Delco, Lower Merion to meet again, Posted 5/20/08

Joe Arrell collected four goals and two assists and Josh Cavanaugh tallied four goals as host Springfield-Delco clipped Upper Dublin, 15-6, Tuesday in the pigtail round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) playoffs.

Colin Keegan added three goals for the eighth-seeded Cougars (15-5), who will host Central League rival Lower Merion in Friday’s first round at 4 p.m.

Austin Kaut posted 10 saves for Springfield-Delco to earn the win and the Cougars got a key effort from Billy McCullough on the face-offs. The Cardinals, co-champions of the Suburban One American Conference, finished at 12-8.

Springfield-Delco defeated Lower Merion, 11-4, when the teams played a week ago.

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5/20/10 – Thursday’s boys’ District 1 roundup: Hatters top Pennsbury in OT; Radnor downs Ridley in 3 OT, Posted 5/20/10

Greg Cutilli scored the game-winner in overtime to lift host Hatboro-Horsham to an 8-7 victory over Pennsbury today in a boys’ District 1 second-round playoff game.

The win advanced the eighth-seeded Hatters (17-3) into the quarterfinals Saturday against top-seeded Springfield-Delco Saturday at Harriton (2 p.m.) in the back end of a doubleheader.

Face-off man Joey Palo won the OT draw that set up the game-winning tally. Calvin Hopkins had scored the tying goal in the fourth period.

Ryan Kreston led the Hatters with three goals and three assists and Jake Durkin scored three goals while goalie Dino Vitale had eight saves

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5/20/11 – District 1 boys’ lacrosse: CB East, Downingtown West, Conestoga advance to quarterfinals

CB East’s Blake Ament, who had three goals, is defended by Bishop Shanahan’s Joe McErlean in Thursday’s action, Posted 5/20/11

Chris Vetter had three goals and two assists and Blake Ament added three goals and an assist as host Central Bucks East defeated Bishop Shanahan, 10-6, Thursday night in the second round of the District 1 boys’ lacrosse tournament.

CB East’s Blake Ament, who had three goals, is defended by Bishop Shanahan’s Joe McErlean in Thursday’s action

The second-seeded Patriots (18-1) advanced to the quarterfinals and will meet seventh-seeded Ridley at Harriton at 2 p.m. Ridley downed Radnor, 5-3.

Parker Self and Ryan Whitney each scored two goals for East, which raced to a 6-1 halftime lead and held off a late Shanahan challenge. Harrison Holak made nine saves and Connor McSherry also scored once for East.

Joe McErlean had three goals and an assist to pace the Eagles (14-5). Kyle Sullivan made 16 saves in goal.

Downingtown West 13, Unionville 5

Tyler McWilliams had three goals and an assist and Zach Logan had two goals and one assist while Eric Rankel won 15 of 17 face-offs and added a goal and three assists to lad the Whippets to an easy win over the Indians.

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5/20/11 – District 1 boys’ lacrosse: Avon Grove edges Springfield-Delco, 10-9; Abington topples Great Valley, 11-9, Posted 5/20/11

Trevor Hornby and Damian Sobieski each had three goals and two assists to lead host Avon Grove to a 10-9 victory over Springfield-Delco Thursday night in the second round of the District 1 boys’ lacrosse tournament.

The win vaults the fifth-seeded Red Devils (16-2) into the quarterfinals Saturday against Pennsbury at Henderson High at 2 p.m. Pennsbury surprised fourth-seeded Downingtown East, 8-6.

Sobieski and Eric Waibel scored late goals to break an 8-8 for Avon Grove, which also got great work at the face-off X from Anthony DiNenno (17 of 22) and eight saves from Tommy Malone.

Joe Venit led the Cougars (11-8) with three goals and an assist while Dan O’Connell made 15 saves.

Abington 11, Great Valley 9

Ryan Ambler led a balanced attack with two goals and an assist as the visiting Ghosts downed the Patriots in the second round.

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5/20/12 – NCAA quarterfinals at PPL Park: Duke’s Philly connection helps lead Blue Devils to big win in front of hometown fans

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/20/12

Duke junior goalie Dan Wigrizer said that playing in the NCAA quarterfinals today at PPL Park in front of many hometown fans was a thrill.

Duke goalie Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) makes one of his nine saves during Sunday’s win (Photo by Charlie Bagent)

“We’re very excited to play in Philly,” said Wigrizer, who had nine saves for the Blue Devils in their 17-6 rout of Colgate. “Everyone is screaming your name.

“The Philadelphia lacrosse community is so compact and so centralized. It’s great to play in front of that community and show there are a bunch of Philly kids playing on the big stage. It’s great for the kids to see that.”

Wigrizer was just one of the many Philly players that helped Duke reach the Final Four for the third straight year before a crowd of 10,770. Sophomore attackman Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) had two goals and an assist and starting sophomore defenseman Henry Lobb (Malvern Prep) had two groundballs and two caused turnovers.

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5/20/12 – NCAA quarterfinals at PPL Park: Philly’s Hopkins, O’Hara help Notre Dame advance to Final Four

By James Boyle, Posted 5/20/12

With the help of some local talent, Notre Dame came to PPL Stadium on Sunday and defeated the University of Virginia, 12-10 to advance to the NCAA men’s lacrosse semifinals.

Westy Hopkins, a native of Newtown, PA who played high school lacrosse for La Salle College High School and then a year at Lawrenceville School, scored his 16th goal of the season and Notre Dame’s third of the game.

“It was nice to score, but I personally feel like I didn’t play my best today,” said Hopkins. “I didn’t play my best, but I played hard and we played hard as a team, and we did what we had to do to win.”

Sunday’s games were the first lacrosse games ever played at PPL Park. With the win, Notre Dame will face Loyola in the semifinals of the tournament on May 26 in Foxborough, Mass.

“It’s amazing,” said Hopkins. “You kind of dream about that growing up, even just in high school. It was only a couple years ago, but it seems like so long ago right now. It’s just awesome coming home. We traveled a lot of places and there’s no place better to play than Philly.”

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5/20/15 – Catholic League championship: FOGO Fisher leads @SJPLacrosse past La Salle, 12-10

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/20/15

Dan Fisher won 19 of 25 face-offs as St. Joseph’s Prep defeated La Salle, 12-10, today to win the Catholic League championship at Neumann University.

The Hawks (15-5) won their first Catholic League crown since 2011 and third overall. La Salle (13-6) had won the last three titles and 10 out of the last 11.

St. Joseph’s Prep celebrates its first Catholic League championship since 2011

St. Joe’s Prep advances to the District 12 championship Friday (6 p.m.) against Public League champion George Washington at Northeast High.

Fisher was the clear winner at the X in the battle with fellow sophomore standout Anthony Giuliani.

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5/20/16 – .@IACChallenge semis: @Fords_Lacrosse offense puts lights out on Malvern Prep, 16-10

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/20/16

It took two power outages to finally slow down the Haverford School offense Friday night.

The Fords erupted for 16 goals in the first half and three minutes of the third period and rolled to a 16-10 win over rival Malvern Prep in the Inter-Ac Challenge semifinals at Villanova University.

Keyveat Postell

The win pushes the second-seeded Fords (20-4) into the finals Sunday against top-seeded Culver Academy (IN) at Villanova at 5 p.m. Culver defeated the Fords, 9-8, in overtime back on March 20.

The win also gave the Inter-Ac League champion Fords a clean three-game sweep of the Friars (18-5).

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5/20/17 – District 1 Class AAA boys: Garnet Valley downs Haverford High, 8-4, to reach semifinals

By Matt Chandik, Posted 5/20/17

Matt Moore has some strong feelings about Harriton High School, none of which have anything to do with the Rams themselves. Every time Garnet Valley had made it to the District 1 quarterfinals three times in his career, and every time, they lost in the old format’s quadruple-header at Harriton.

GV’s Matt Moore … 300 points

“I HATE that field,” Moore said. “We lost on that field every year. I remember it was Radnor my freshman year, C.B. East my sophomore year and Upper Dublin last year. All on the same field.”

This year’s split into two classes lent itself to the higher seed hosting games until the final meant no more trips to Harriton, and perhaps not so coincidentally, the Jaguars punched their first ticket to states in Moore’s career with an 8-4 win over Haverford High. The Virginia signee connected for three goals and one assist, and his second goal of the game allowed him to crack the 300-point plateau for his distinguished career.

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5/20/17 – Inter-Ac Invitational: @Fords_Lacrosse punches ticket to Inter-Ac finals with win over Malvern Prep

By Matt Chandik, Posted 5/20/17

Six seconds in to Friday night’s Inter-Ac Invitational semifinal at Cabrini, it looked like things would be all Malvern Prep, all the time. Sean Christman won the game’s opening faceoff, raced down and blasted home a shot to give the Friars a huge jolt right from the start.

Joel Trucksess made sure the ensuing 47 minutes and 54 seconds were all about The Haverford School. Trucksess won 15-of-24 faceoffs, including nine straight in the first half, and added a goal of his own to lead the Fords to a 13-10 win over the rival Friars to secure a spot in Sunday’s championship game.

The Fords will get a rematch from last year’s final and from earlier this season as they take on Culver Academy, which barely held on for a 6-5 win over Episcopal Academy in the nightcap. The title game will be played at 5 p.m. at Haverford School, a late change from Kelly Field in West Chester.

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Haverford School’s Joel Trucksess won 15 of 24 face offs and scored once (Photos by Matt Chandik)


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