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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 22 (boys’/men’s)

Friday, 22nd 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 5/22/20

5/22/08 – Male Student-Athlete: Lower Merion’s Chou is giving back to the community

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/22/08

Lower Merion senior Dylan Chou first learned to play lacrosse in the Ashbee Lacrosse youth program in Lower Merion Township as a fourth-grader.

That’s why serving as an assistant coach for seventh-graders at Ashbee Lacrosse now is a special way to give back.

“I’ve been doing it the last three years,” said the Aces’ senior co-captain. “Its fun to be on the other end and get to coach.

“I like to see kids having fun and helping them develop their skills. It’s a great way for me to combine service and one of my interests.”

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5/22/09 – Springfield-Delco boys down CB East, 11-8, for third place in District 1; Emmaus boys win District 11 crown, Posted 5/22/09

    Josh Cavanaugh, John Cugini and Joe Venit each scored hat tricks as Springfield-Delco toppled Central Bucks East, 11-6, tonight in the District 1 third-place game at Villanova University.

    The victory means the Cougars (17-5) will play Hempfield – the District 3 runner-up – in the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs Tuesday at Gov. Mifflin at 7 p.m.

    CB East (16-5), meanwhile, will meet District 12 champion La Salle in the first round Tuesday at Abington at 5 p.m.

    The Patriots took an early 2-0 lead on scores by Brian Urban (three goals) and Rich O’Brien, but Springfield outscored East 6-1 to take a 6-3 lead. The Pats never got closer than three goals.

    Cugini scored three consecutive goals at one point in the run. Colin Keegan added a goal and two assists for the Cougars and Larry McLaughlin scored once while Bobby Gildea added two assists.

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5/22/09 – No. 1 La Salle tops No. 2 St. Joseph’s Prep, 4-3, for Catholic League crown and District 12’s lone PIAA berth

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/22/09

It was one-and-done when La Salle and St. Joseph’s Prep, the two top-ranked teams in the state, met Thursday night at Swarthmore College for the Catholic League (District 12) boys’ lacrosse championship.

The winner would earn the league crown, the top ranking in the state and bragging

La Salle celebrates the 2009 Catholic League championship

rights of a storied rivalry between two schools that respect each other, but can’t stand to lose to the other.

The loser would be left with no league crown and no berth in the state tourney.

The game more than lived up to the buildup as La Salle rallied for a thrilling 4-3 victory, securing its sixth straight Catholic League crown and 15th out of 17 as well as the lone District 12 berth in the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoffs.

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5/22/09 – Conestoga tops Downingtown East, 7-4, for first District 1 boys’ crown

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/22/09

Austin Rogusky and Matt Smith each scored two goals and Peter Zonino made 10 saves in a standout performance in goal as Conestoga toppled Downingtown East, 7-4, tonight in the District 1 boys’ lacrosse championship game at Villanova University.

The game was historic as it was the first district title game played for boys. This is the first year the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has sanctioned the sport.

The Pioneers (21-1) will face the District 1 seventh-place finisher, Central League rival Garnet Valley, in the first round of the PIAA tourney Tuesday (8 p.m.) at Radnor High.

The Cougars (19-3) will meet a fellow Ches-Mont League foe, District 1 sixth-place finisher West Chester East, at Radnor at 6 p.m.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Conestoga senior co-captain and All-State defenseman Mike Bronzino. “It’s real special to be the first district champs and we just have to go back to work and build on it and get a state championship.”

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5/22/10 – Shipley School boys repeat as Friends League champions, raise over $3,000 for earthquake victims, Posted 5/22/10, Re-posted 5/24/10
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They Shipley School proved to be champions both on and off the field this year.

Shipley School: Friends School League champions (Photo courtesy of Mark Tassoni)

Julius Mouser had four goals and an assist as the host Gators defeated Academy of the New Church, 12-5, Friday to repeat as the Friends Schools League boys’ lacrosse champion.

Mike Litner added three goals and one assist and Nick Sterge had a goal and three assists for the Gators (16-2). Evan Romano, along with Mouser, dominated at the face-off X and scored once. Matt Gagnier scored twice while EJ Whyte added one goal and Mac Gallagher had two assists.

Ian McGibbon enjoyed a standout game in the nets for Shipley, making 15 saves.

Shipley broke a school record for goals in a season, eclipsing the 200 goal mark (206 overall). The team had set a goal of reaching 200 tallies as part of their season-long service project to raise money for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

5/22/10 – District 1 boys’ quarterfinals: Springfield-Delco rallies for 7-6 triumph over Hatboro-Horsham

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/22/10

Joe Venit scored the game-winner with 2 minutes, 34 seconds to play to cap a furious rally as top-seeded and top-ranked Springfield-Delco earned a hard-fought 7-6 victory today over Hatboro-Horsham in the quarterfinals of the District 1 tournament at Harriton.

The win moved the Cougars (18-1), ranked No. 1 in the PA Media Rankings, into Tuesday’s semifinals against Garnet Valley at Ridley High at 8 p.m. Hatboro-Horsham (17-4) will face Suburban One Continental rival Central Bucks East in the first round of the losers’ bracket at Plymouth Whitemarsh at 6 p.m.

The Cougars (18-1) were down, 6-2, late in the third period before starting a memorable comeback on a goal by Venit with 41 seconds left in the period. Josh Cavanaugh (three assists) scored shortly before the period ended to make it 6-4.

In the final frame, Springfield’s Colin Keegan (two goals) made it 6-5 and then Bobby Gildea (two assists) tied it with 3:45 to play to set the stage for Venit’s heroics. Cougars goalie and Central League MVP Austin Kaut, who made 11 saves and kept his team alive all day, had a key save in the final seconds to preserve the victory.

“What an amazing comeback,” said Venit. “We couldn’t really come out and make excuses, we just had to fight to the end and show everybody that we deserve to be the No. 1 seed in the state.

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5/22/11 – District 1 boys’ lacrosse: Pennsbury stuns Avon Grove, 4-3, in overtime to reach semifinals, clinch first state berth, Posted 5/22/11
Staff Report

Drew Sweetland made 17 saves and Colin Sullivan scored to finish off a fast break with 2.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime Saturday, lifting Pennsbury to a stunning 4-3 victory over Avon Grove in the quarterfinals of the District 1 boys’ lacrosse tournament at Henderson High.

The thrilling victory advanced the 13th-seeded Falcons (15-6) into the semifinals Tuesday against No. 1 Conestoga at Plymouth Whitemarsh at 8 p.m.

Pennsbury, the Suburban One National Conference runner-up, has now knocked off the No. 4 seed (Downingtown East) and No. 5 seed in succession. The Falcons clinched their first playoff berth ever.

“It feels great,” said Sweetland. “When (we won) I was speechless. I knew we could beat the teams we played; we just had to work hard. So when we did win, with all the hard work, it was really rewarding.”

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5/22/13 – Catholic League boys’ championship: Rambo leads La Salle past St. Joseph’s Prep, 11-6

La Salle’s Matt Rambo is defended by St. Joseph’s Prep’s Connor McLaughlin in Wednesday’s Catholic League championship win (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

By Pat White, Posted 5/22/13

Matt Rambo had three of his four goals in the final period to spark La Salle to an 11-6 victory tonight over St. Joseph’s Prep in the Catholic League championship at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

La Salle’s Matt Rambo is defended by St. Joseph’s Prep’s Connor McLaughlin in Wednesday’s Catholic League championship win (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

The Explorers (18-2) advance to the District 12 title game today vs. Public League champion Northeast at the Germantown Supersite at 4:45 p.m. The winner advances to the PIAA tournament.

La Salle has won 18 Catholic League titles – including two straight – and nine of the last 10.

This crown was a tough one as Scott Scheuerle scored two goals to help the Hawks (12-8) fight back from a 603 deficit and trail just 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter.

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5/22/14 – USILA Division I All-Americas: Six Philly men earn First Team Honors, Posted 5/22/14

The USILA Division I All-Americans for 2014:

First Team
A Thompson, Lyle Albany
A Thompson, Miles Albany
A Wolf, Jordan (Lower Merion) Duke
M Buczek, Connor Cornell
M Chanenchuk, Michael Maryland
M Class, Deemer Duke
M Schreiber, Tom Princeton
LSM Ehrhardt, Michael Maryland
LSM LoCascio, John Villanova
FO Massa, Kevin Bryant
D Fletcher, Joseph Loyola
D Murray, Goran (Haverford School) Maryland
D O’Hara, Steve (St. Joseph’s Prep) Notre Dame
G Amato, Niko (La Salle) Maryland

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5/22/15 – District 1 boys’ championship: @sprlax tops @Stoga_Lax for first title, 7-5

By Bradley Schlegel, Posted 5/22/15

Mike Gerzabek scored three goals, including the decisive tally early in the fourth quarter, to lead Springfield-Delco to a 7-5 victory over Conestoga Thursday for its first District 1 boys’ lacrosse championship at Henderson.

Springfield-Delco celebrates the District 1 championship

Lucas Spence scored twice for the fourth-seeded Cougars (17-4), who will open PIAA play Wednesday against District 3 third-place finisher Hershey.

James Spence recorded seven saves for Springfield-Delco, which rallied from a 5-4 deficit against its Central League opponent. Kyle Long added three assists.

Head coach Tom Lemieux said he planned on suspending his rule allowing team members to celebrate a victory for only 24 hours.

“I think I’m going to take two days to enjoy this,” Lemieux said. “This is a special win.”

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5/22/15 – .@Fords_Lacrosse rallies past @CMALacrosse to finish 26-0, close case for No. 1 ranking

By Bradley Schlegel, Posted 5/22/15

Host Haverford School rallied from a 7-3 deficit and defeated Culver Military Academy, 13-9, today to close a 26-0 season and all but guarantee it will be the No. 1 team this year in every national poll.

Haverford School celebrates its 26-0 season

The balanced Fords – who already have won the Inter-Ac League championship and Inter-Ac Challenge title – used a 7-1 spurt in the third and fourth period to take control.

Drew Supinski had all three of his game-high goals in the second half and Forry Smith had two goals and and two assists while Grant Ament and Phil Poquie each added two goals and an assist and Dox Aitken scored twice.

Also, goalie Alex deMarco posted 16 saves and face-off specialist Jake Hervada was a standout at the X.

“This is an unbelievable feeling,” said Ament, a senior. “The class really left a mark. I never thought four years ago that I would be in this position.”

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5/22/16 – .@IACChallenge final: Culver holds off @Fords_Lacrosse, 8-7

By Bradley Schlegel, Posted 5/22/16

Ethan Walker, Alex Simmons and Wheaton Jackoboice each scored twice to lead the Culver Military Academy (IN) to an 8-7 victory over Haverford School in the Inter-Ac Challenge title game Sunday at Villanova University.

Ryan Prior and Brett Hansdore also scored for the top-seeded Eagles (20-3), who built a five-goal lead before hanging on for the victory.

“Winning this tournament, just being invited, is huge,” said Jon Posner, Culver Military Academy’s head coach. “It’s a big deal. I’m so proud of the boys. They showed a lot of heart.”

Liam Duff, a 2016 defender, was named the game MVP. Matthew Schmidt recorded seven saves for the Eagles.

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5/22/19 – Friend and foe: Malvern Prep’s McEvoy to savor every memory coaching against Nostrant

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/22/19

Malvern Prep coach John McEvoy said it’s always been bittersweet coaching against his close friend, Haverford School’s John Nostrant – because win or lose, one would have to face disappointment.

Haverford School coach John Nostrant (Photos by Chris McNulty)

So Tuesday night at Cabrini, after McEvoy’s Friars won a game for the ages, a 9-8, double-overtime thriller for the Inter-Ac League championship, McEvoy was equally thrilled for his team and heartbroken for his friend – who was coaching his last game after 28 years at Haverford.

“I feel two things,” said McEvoy. “I feel so good for these kids and these seniors. That (Haverford School) is an awesome team and I am so proud of the kids.

“But I am also feeling really bad. This guy (Nostrant) is one of my best pals and I will miss my daily interactions with him. We’ll still cross paths, but there wasn’t anything that I wanted but for him to have a good ending. I don’t know what to say about that.”

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5/22/19 – Civitella goal gives Malvern Prep 9-8 win in 2OT for Inter-Ac championship

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/22/19

You might have thought that Malvern Prep senior Matthew Civitella was upset or angry when he saw Haverford School’s Mac Costin send Tuesday night’s Inter-Ac League championship game into overtime on a goal with only one second left in regulation.

“I thought, ‘Sweet, I get to play more lacrosse, I get 4 more minutes at least.’” he said. ‘I got two overtimes! I got more time to play for Malvern; I couldn’t ask for any more.”

In fact, Civitella, got even more than he asked for.

Civitella went three-quarters of the field, juking and spinning his way, before delivering his Friars their second straight Inter-Ac championship, scoring with 26.4 seconds left in the second overtime for a 9-8 victory at Cabrini University.

The win was the 11th straight for Malvern Prep (16-5, ranked No. 2 by since a 5-4 defeat to Haverford School (17-5, No. 1) in the regular season.

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Malvern Prep celebrates the Inter-Ac League championship


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