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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 23 (boys’/men’s)

Saturday, 23rd 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 5/23/20

5/23/08 – EPSLA playoffs: Springfield-Delco defeats L. Merion again, Posted 5/23/08

It was less than two weeks ago that Springfield-Delco defeated Lower Merion, 11-4, in a Central League game.

So, when the host Cougars were leading the Aces, 11-4, in the third quarter of Friday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) first-round contest, it seemed to be a comfortable lead.

The Aces made a valiant comeback attempt, but host Springfield held on to claim a 12-10 victory, earning the Cougars a ticket to Tuesday’s quarterfinals against top-seeded Malvern Prep at Conestoga High (6 p.m.).

Josh Cavanaugh led eighth-seeded Springfield (16-5) with four goals and three assists and Joe Arrell had three goals and two assists. Colin Keegan and Jordan Demcher each added two goals and an assist and John Cugini had a goal.

Austin Kaut made nine saves in goal for the Cougars, who led, 7-2, at halftime. Billy McCullough won 13 face-offs.

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5/23/12 – Catholic League boys’ championship: Rambo (five goals) leads La Salle past St. Joseph’s Prep, 8-7

By Mike Prince
For, Posted 5/23/12

La Salle celebrates its Catholic League boys’ lacrosse championship

When Matt Rambo limped off the field just under three minutes into the game, seconds after scoring La Salle’s first goal of the contest, the star junior knew that nothing – not even an injury – was going to stop him from getting back on the field.

Rambo, who hurt his ankle and got the wind knocked out of him, got right back in the game and went on to score four more goals to help lead the Explorers to an 8-7 win over St. Joseph’s Prep in the Philadelphia Catholic League title game at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School on Wednesday night.

La Salle celebrates its Catholic League boys’ lacrosse championship

In what was the 10th consecutive PCL championship meeting between the two teams, La Salle (16-4) was able to come out victorious for the eighth time during that span, avenging last year’s 8-6 loss to the Hawks – after seven straight title for La Salle.

“Absolutely, that game was still in our minds,” La Salle coach Bill Leahy said. “We had that title for a pretty long time – 18 out of 21 years now – so yea, it was still there.”

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5/23/12 – District 1 boys’ semifinals: Garnet Valley deals Downingtown West its first loss, 9-4; to meet Conestoga in title game

By James Boyle, Posted 5/23/12

Vail Urso and Jules Raucci each scored three goals as Garnet Valley upset Downingtown West, 9-4, in Tuesday’s District 1 boys’ lacrosse semifinals.

The 11th-seeded Jaguars (17-5) advanced to face Central League rival Conestoga in the title game Thursday at Radnor at 8 p.m.

Downingtown West (20-1) will meet Great Valley in the third-place game at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Radnor.

“I think we really confused the defense a lot,” said Urso. “We really played our lacrosse.

“We didn’t do that too much at the beginning of the season, we played regular lacrosse. Now we’re playing real Garnet Valley lacrosse. That’s how we’re supposed to play.”

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5/23/13 – District 1 boys’ championship: Avon Grove tops Garnet Valley on Reid’s goal in final second Posted 5/23/13
Staff Report

Avon Grove celebrates its first District 1 championship

Amid the roar of the crowd celebrating Jonathan Vandenberg’s game-tying goal in Thursday’s District 1 championship, Anthony Cardile walked over to the faceoff X and got ready.

Vandenberg’s man-up goal with 11.6 seconds to go brought Garnet Valley even with Avon Grove as the crowd looked to a possible overtime. Cardile, though, knew things weren’t over.

He won the biggest faceoff of his career by besting Zach Penfil, then got the ball to freshman Beau Kush. Kush found Tanner Peck, who in turn fed Bryce Reid, standing by himself to Jaguars’ goalie Mitch Rose’s left. With 0.8 seconds to go, Reid’s shot beat Rose for the game-winning goal in Avon Grove’s thrilling 5-4 win.

“Get the darn ball down the field,” were Cardile’s exact thoughts. “I thought I did (have a chance to move it up the field). I had a good game. I did a lot better in the second half of this game and I thought I could move it up the field well.”

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5/23/13 – Inter-Ac Invitational: Haverford School comes of age for 13-11 championship win over Malvern Prep

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/23/13

Probably few people could have foreseen the idea of Haverford School celebrating with the Inter-Ac Invitational championship trophy in their hands after they struggled through an 0-3 start to the season in March.

But fast-forward to Wednesday night’s 13-11 victory over Malvern Prep at Cabrini College in the title game before an overflow crowd and you’ll find a youthful team that pulled off one of the biggest turnarounds in years.

Haverford celebrates Inter-Ac Invitational championship

With a collection of several key seniors and a host of freshmen and sophomores playing key roles, the Fords withstood a powerful Malvern Prep team to claim their fourth Inter-Ac championship in five years.

Sophomore Grant Ament earned the YDH Audi/Volkswagen Star of the Game with three goals, two assists and four groundballs. But there were so many other standouts for Haverford, which closed the season by taking six of its final seven games and downing a Friars (16-2) eam that won the Inter-Ac League title and was ranked No. 5 by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse and No. 6 by

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Haverford celebrates Inter-Ac Invitational championship

5/23/14 – District 1 boys’ championship: Avon Grove gains vengeance with 9-3 win over Shanahan, Posted 5/23/14

Avon Grove came into Thursday night’s District 1 boys’ lacrosse championship carrying some extra weight – a chip the size of a manhole cover on its collective shoulders.

The Devils used a 7-0 first-half run to avenge an earlier defeat to Bishop Shanahan and repeated as district champion with a 9-3 thumping of the Eagles at Henderson.

“We were coming off a loss (three weeks ago) and we wanted to play them again, in this game,” said Avon Grove midfielder Ryan Cook, who scored four goals. “I think we wanted this game more than they did. We had it circled on our calendar.”

Avon Grove – 2014 District 1 champions (Photo courtesy of

5/23/15 – NCAA Men’s D1 Semifinals: Hometown hero Rambo leads Maryland past Johns Hopkins

By Anthony Caruso
and from Press Releases, Posted 5/23/15

Oh, what a homecoming for Matt Rambo.

The sophomore attackman from La Salle had four goals and two assists as the Maryland men’s lacrosse team defeated Johns Hopkins 12-11 in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.

With the win, Maryland advances to the national championship and will play Denver on Monday at 1 p.m. It is the program’s 12th appearance overall in the title game and third in the last five seasons.

Rambo took over the game in the fourth period after the Blue Jays rallied with five straight goals to forge a 10-10 tie with 11:45 remaining in the game.

With the game on the line it was Rambo who gave the Terps the list they needed.

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Philly grads (from left) Ryan Lehman (Garnet Valley), Jon Garino (Episcopal Academy), Casey Ikeda (Conestoga),Matt Rambo (La Salle), Tyler Brooke (Conestoga) and Mike Bender (Emmaus) are headed to the NCAA championship game Monday vs. Denver

5/23/15 – Culver gives Haverford School a scare, but Fords finish off perfect 26-0 season

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/23/15

For a few minutes, Culver Military Academy had No. 1 Haverford School on the proverbial ropes.

The Eagles were leading the No. 1 Fords on their home field, 7-3, early in the second half. But Haverford School rallied and claimed a 13-9 victory to finish its season at 26-0 and likely clinch the No. 1 spot in every national poll.

Haverford School’s Drew Supinski (three goals) winds up during Friday’s win over Culver Academy that clinched a 26-0 season (Photo for

(See game story here).

For Culver, which went into this morning’s game vs. Lawrenvceville School at 16-6, the loss was a tough pill. Just six days ago the Eagles had a late lead against No. 4 Hill Academy and ended up losing in overtime in the title game of the North American Lacrosse Invitational at Brother Rice (MI).

Culver coach Jon Posner credited Haverford School.

“First congratulations to (Fords coach) John Nostrant,” he said. “That’s a very impressive team. Probably the most impressive thing about that team is that they don’t stop fighting. They’re down 7-3 and go up and score 10 goals. They are tough and they are deep.

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5/23/16 – Rambo (@LaSalle_Sports) leads Maryland back into Final Four, Posted 5/23/16
From Press Release

The No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 8 Syracuse, 13-7, in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon in Providence, R.I. behind a four-goal performance from Matt Rambo (La Salle, Duke’s L.C.). The junior attackman tied a career high in goals and points with six as he added two assists on the day.

Matt Rambo celebrates one of his four goals. The La Salle grad will make a Final Four homecoming – Photo by Rene Schleicher

With the win, their 15th in a row, the Terps (16-2) set a program record with their 16th win of the season and advanced to their third straight Final Four and fifth in the last six years. They will face No. 5 Brown Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 2:30 p.m.

Senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr was superb from the opening whistle, finishing with a career-high 15 saves. Senior midfielder Pat Young and junior attackman Dylan Maltz also starred for the Terrapin offense, notching four and three goals, respectively.

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5/23/16 – Gural &, Blynn (@Fords_Lacrosse) lead Brown into Final Four, Posted 5/23/16
From Press Release

Senior Kylor Bellistri recorded six points on four goals and two assists, and No. 5 seed Brown University men’s lacrosse beat Navy, 11-10, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship to punch its ticket to the final four for the second time ever and for the first time since 1994.

Will Gural wins a face-off vs Navy (Photos by Rene Schleicher)

Brown also got standout efforts from seniors Will Gural (Haverford School, Duke’s L.C.) and Henry Blynn (Haverford School, Duke’s L.C.). Gural won 18 of 24 face offs and scooped 11 groundballs and Blynn scored twice while assisting on another.

Now the Philly stars will head back home next weekend for the Final Four.

Playing in front of an NCAA Quarterfinal crowd of 11,012 fans at Brown Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Bears (16-2) gained an 8-4 lead in the third quarter and responded to multiple comeback attempts from the Midshipmen (11-5) who pulled within one goal four times in the fourth quarter.

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5/23/19 – Bishop Shanahan repeats as District 1 AA boys’ champion, Posted 5/23/19

Bryan Rafferty, Owen Murray and Owen Mehok each scored two goals and Kyle Gucwa dished off five assists while Nic Pezone posted 11 saves as Bishop Shanahan defeated Strath Haven, 7-3, to claim its second straight District 1 Class AA championship today at Harriton.

The Eagles (18-1) will the District 2 runner-up (Crestwood or Scranton Prep) in the first round of the PIAA tournament Tuesday. Strath Haven (13-8) will meet District 3 third-place finisher York Catholic in the first round.

The Panthers led, 3-2, in the second period and the game was tied, 3-3, at halftime. But the Shanahan defense, led by Pezone, kept the Panthers off the board the rest of the way.

Mehok put the Eagles ahead, 4-3, four minutes into the third period and Vinny Riccardo made it 5-3 before Mehok and Murray also scored to make it 7-3 late in the third period. Gucwa assisted on all four goals.

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Bishop Shanahan wins its second straight District 1 AA championship

5/23/19 – Amherst’s Wolf (Lower Merion) named Division III National Player of the Year; Witchey, McAfee gain top honors, Posted 5/23/19

Amherst’s Evan Wolf (Lower Merion) has been named the Division III national player of the year by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, which released its annual All-American teams and award winners Thursday.

See full list of All-Americans here

Amherst’s Evan Wolf (Lower Merion)

Wolf made his final season at Amherst the best year, and he will lead his Mammoths into the Division III championship Sunday against Cabrini at Lincoln Financial Field (4 p.m.). He tallied 115 points on 73 goals and 42 assists to lead the team. He sits 11th nationally with 5.48 points per game.

York’s Kevin Witchey (Central Bucks South) and Wolf’s Amherst teammate, Jimmy McAfee (Germantown Academy), also won major awards.

Wolf took home the Lt. Col. J.I. Turnbull Award given to the nation’s top attackman, Witchey won the William C. Stiles Award as defensive player of the year and McAfee won the Short Stick Midfielder of the Year.


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