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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 24 (boys’/men’s)

Sunday, 24th 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 5/24/20

5/24/11 – District 1 boys’ lacrosse: Second-seeded CB East tops Downingtown West; will meet top-seeded Conestoga for title

By Russ Atkinson
and, Posted 5/24/11

Parker Self and Chris Vetter each scored three goals and Harrison Holak made 15 saves in goal as Central Bucks East defeated Downingtown West, 11-7, tonight at Plymouth Whitemarsh to advance to the District 1 boys’ lacrosse championship game.

Central Bucks East’s Chris Vetter is defended by Downingtown West’s Tyler McWilliams during Tuesday’s semifinal game. CB East won, 11-7, to advance to the District 1 finals vs. two-time defending champion Conestoga

The second-seeded Patriots (20-1) will play two-time defending champion and top-seeded Conestoga in the title game on Thursday at Radnor High at 8 p.m. Conestoga (20-1) advanced by throttling Pennsbury, 11-3, in the nightcap at PW.

Third-seeded Downingtown West (19-2) will face 13th-seeded Pennsbury (15-7) in the 6 p.m. third-place game at Radnor.

Blake Ament (one goal, three assists) scored with 9:17 left in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a seemingly comfortable 9-4 lead. But the Whippets rallied to draw within 9-7 by scoring three goals (Dylan Ikkala, then Jim Sharer on an extra man and Tyler McWilliams) in a minute and 37 seconds.

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5/24/12 – District 1 boys’ championship: Conestoga tops Garnet Valley, 12-6, wins fourth straight title

By James Boyle, Posted 5/24/12

Connor Frisina collected four goals and one assist as Conestoga defeated Garnet Valley, 12-6, to capture its fourth straight Division 1 championship on Thursday night at Radnor.

Conestoga (19-3) will play District 3 fourth=-place finisher Hempfield in the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) tournament on Wednesday. Garnet Valley (17-6) will meet central league rival Radnor in the first round Wednesday.

Conestoga won its fourth straight District 1 title (Photo by David Eaton)

“It’s a great feeling, I think it’s well deserved,” said Frisina. “We practiced all week for it; we practiced all year for it.

“It was a great team effort. I play well when the team plays well. So you’ve got to give it to them.”

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5/24/14 – South Jersey Group 3 boys’ championship: Moorestown avenges 2013 defeat, downs Shawnee, 10-9

By Anthony Caruso, Posted 5/24/14

The tables turned today when Shawnee hosted nearby Moorestown in the South Jersey Group 3 boys’ lacrosse championship.

Last year Shawnee shocked top-seeded Moorestown, 4-3, in double overtime in the same game. But this time, third-seeded Moorestown earned revenge with a 10-9 victory over the top-seeded Renegades.

The win Moorestown (15-7) advances to the State Group 3 title game Wednesday vs. tonight’s Ridgewood-Morriestown winner.

“It’s indescribable,” said Moorestown’s Michael Katz, who had three goals. “Last year we lost to them in overtime. It’s great to beat them on their home turf, as they beat us on our home turf last year. It feels great.”

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Moorestown – SJ Group 3 Champions (Photo by Anthony Caruso)

5/24/14 – Kavanagh, Kelly (@Fords_Lacrosse) lead Notre Dame to 11-6 win over Maryland and title game berth

By David A. Willauer and from Press Release, Posted 5/24/14

Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh had five goals and two assists and redshirt sophomore goalie Conor Kelly (Haverford School) made 14 saves to lift Notre dame to an 11-6 victory today over Maryland in the NCAA Men’s Division I semifinals at M&T Park in Baltimore.

Their efforts pushed the Irish to Monday’s NCAA Lacrosse Championship title game where they will try to take down 2013 national champion Duke, a 15-12 victor against Denver in Saturday’s first game.

Kavanagh was one of eight Irish players to register a point Saturday. From the outset — Notre Dame led 10-5 after three quarters and appeared to be a step ahead of Maryland all afternoon.

“I thought we were playing great team offense,” said Kavanagh, who registered his five goals on just 10 shots. “I wasn’t really doing anything differently from a game-to-game standpoint, but the sets that we ran this week in practice, I think we executed them perfectly.

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Notre Dame’s Conor Kelly (Haverford School) makes one of his 14 saves (Photo for

5/24/16 – .@LaSalle_Sports topples @SJPLacrosse, 9-5, for Catholic League championship

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/24/16

Cody Mazurek and Matt Clibanoff each scored three goals to lead La Salle to a 9-5 victory Tuesday over St. Joseph’s Prep in the Catholic League championship at Cardinal O’Hara.

The Explorers (17-3) advance to the District 12 championship today against Public League champion Northeast (13-1) at the Northeast Supersite at 5 p.m. The winner of that game qualifies for the PIAA tournament and plays its first round game vs the District 1 No. 5 team (Bishop Shanahan or Spring-Ford) June 1 at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

La Salle has won 20 of the 24 league titles and has defeated Prep in the finals 14 times and 11 of the past 13 years.

St. Joe’s Prep closes at 12-6.

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La Salle celebrates the 2016 Catholic League championship

5/24/17 – Boys’ District AAA semis: @Stoga_Lax, @devils_lax advance to title game

By Matt Chandik, Posted 5/24/17

Up four goals heading into the fourth quarter, Conestoga was determined to not allow history to repeat itself Tuesday night.

Scott MacMillan

When the Pioneers played Garnet Valley last month, they allowed a five-goal lead to fritter away and lost in overtime when Jake Buttermore ripped one home. Tuesday, Conestoga wasn’t about to feel that heartbreak again.

Henry Berg, Cliff Madden, Drew Mullen and Peyton Jones scored fourth-quarter insurance markers and Scott MacMillan made four of his nine saves in the final frame as the No. 3 Pioneers soundly beat the No. 2 Jaguars, 13-6, in a District 1 Class AAA semifinal. Conestoga advances to Thursday’s final against No. 1 Avon Grove, which clipped Central Bucks East, 10-9, at Henderson at 6 p.m. The Patriots and Jaguars will meet in the third-place game at Garnet Valley Thursday at a time to be determined.

“I learned that we have resiliency, coming back from a pretty tough loss in overtime last time that was very disappointing,” MacMillan said. “It was our only Central League loss. We had a team win (Tuesday). Our offense played terrific and our defense played even better.

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5/24/17 – .@LCBoysLax topples Archbishop Wood, earns first District 12 Class AA title, PIAA berth, Posted 5/24/17
Staff Report

Ryan Flanegan scored five goals and Nick Heiler won 16 of 18 faceoffs as Lansdale Catholic toppled Archbishop Wood, 14-3, to day to claim the first District 12 Class AA championship at the Germantown SuperSite.

The Crusaders (16-4) will face the District 3 third-place finisher, Eastern York or Lower Dauphin on Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA tournament. Archbishop Wood (10-8) will play the District 1 runner-up, Springfield-Delco or Henderson.

Lansdale Catholic wins the District 12 Class AA title

This was the first district title and state berth for LC.

The game was tied, 2-2, after one quarter, but LC used an 8-0 run in the middle periods to seize control. Bobby Bausman posted 13 saves and Grady Kelly (2G 4A), Mike Basilii (2G), Dan White (2G) and Joe Walsh (1G 2A) added to a balanced attack.

“You know, it feels great,” said Walsh, a Second-Team All-Catholic League pick. “It means a lot, not only to me, but I know for the entire team as well. We are all very excited and can’t wait to see what else we can accomplish as we go forward.”

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5/24/19 – Defense leads Conestoga past Garnet Valley for District 1 AAA crown, Posted 5/24/19
Staff Report

A defense often has to pick its poison, decide how best to allocate defenders to minimize that harm that comes with a drop-off from spots one through four in its lineup.

Scott Smith

At Conestoga, the conversation goes a little differently. And with Scott Smith and company, it’s less a matter of trying to hide weaknesses than how to impose its will on an opponent.

In a battle of strengths, Conestoga’s defense got the better of Garnet Valley’s attack Thursday, holding the Jags to just one second-half goal and giving the Pioneers offense time to operate in a 7-6 win in the District 1 Class 3A final at West Chester Henderson.

Conestoga’s win avenges a 5-4 loss last year to Garnet Valley in the final and gives the Pioneers six District 1 titles since the state first sanctioned boys’ lacrosse in 2009. And as it was last year, defense was the key.

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5/24/19 – Strong Philly contingents for Penn State, Virginia and Yale highlight championship Weekend at the Linc

By Matt DeGeorge
For, Posted 5/24/19

It was the summer of 2016, just after Dox Aitken had graduated from Haverford School. He sat at home watching the NCAA men’s lacrosse Final Four in Philadelphia, watching underdog Brown giving top-seeded Maryland all it could handle.

“I had heard all year about Brown’s pace of play and how carefree they play and how good their offense was,” Aitken said Friday. “I remember how exciting that game was. I was like, ‘Dang it’d be pretty cool to play in that system.’ And summer came along and I found out that coach Tiffany and his staff are coming. And I was like, ‘Oh, that’s sweet.’”

UVA’s Matt Moore (Garnet Valley)

Three years later, Lars Tiffany and Aitken are in Philadelphia again, united in the goal of reestablishing Virginia as a national power. Tiffany has UVA in its first Final Four since 2011, taking on ACC rival Duke in the first semifinal at Lincoln Financial Field at noon Saturday. That’s followed by defending national champion Yale battling first-time Final Four participant Penn State at 2:30.

Aitken (2016 Co-Player of the Year) is part of a strong Southeastern PA contingent at Virginia that includes leading scorer Matt Moore of Garnet Valley, the first Virginia player ever to have 40 goals and 40 assists in a season; midfielder Jeff Conner (2018 Co-Player of the Year) of Strath Haven and reserve faceoff man Justin Schwenk of Spring-Ford.

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