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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 25 (boys’/men’s)

Monday, 25th 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 5/25/20

5/25/08 – Boys’ lacrosse notebook: Methacton rises to the top in only three seasons

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/25/08

While eight teams remain in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) playoffs, one team that barely missed the tournament is savoring a successful 2008 campaign.

Methacton, in only its third year of varsity play, finished in a tie with Upper Dublin for the Suburban One American Conference championship.

The Warriors, under coach Sean Weston, went 12-2 in the conference and 13-4 overall.

Unfortunately, Methacton dropped a 15-6 decision to Upper Dublin in the next-to-last game of the year, denying the Warriors an outright title. Then, they lost a coin flip to the Cardinals, who received the only conference berth in the EPSLA playoffs.

Still, for Weston, a member of Penn Charter’s state championship team 25 years ago, the season was a grand success.

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5/25/11 – Inter-Ac Invitational finals: Walrath scores two goals in final :37 to lift Haverford School past Malvern Prep, 5-4, Posted 5/25/11
By Chris Goldberg and Nick Desatnick

Senior Carl Walrath tied the game with 36.9 seconds in regulation and won it with 9.8 seconds to play to give Haverford School a stunning 5-4 comeback victory tonight over Malvern Prep in the championship game of the Inter-Ac Invitational before 1,500 at Cabrini College.

Haverford School goalie Conor Kelly makes one of his eight stops during Wednesday’s 5-4 victory over Malvern Prep in the championship game of the Inter-Ac Invitational

The dramatic victory over their arch rivals helped the Fords cap a perfect 23-0 season in style. The victory virtually assures that Haverford School will be the No. 1 team in every national poll; the Fords have been No. 1 all season in the ESPN RISE POWERADE FAB 50, Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse and Max Preps Xcellent 20 polls all season.

Malvern Prep (14-6) employed a zone defense that frustrated the Fords nearly the entire game. But the Friars, who jumped to a 4-1 lead in the first period, failed to make a clear with 52 seconds left after sophomore goalie Matt Barrett (12 saves in second half) made one of his many key saves off a shot by Matt Walters.

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5/25/12 – Inter-Ac Invitational championship: Episcopal Academy stuns Haverford School, 15-11, for first crown

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/25/12

Episcopal Academy scored five of the last six goals to stun Haverford School, 15-11, Thursday night in the Inter-Ac Invitational championship game before a sold-out crowd at Cabrini College.

The Churchmen (18-5) won their first Inter-Ac Invitational title and dealt the Fords (21-2) their first loss to a Pennsylvania team after 35 straight wins.

EA rallied from an early 4-0 deficit by using a swift passing game and strong defense, especially in the second half when Haverford managed just three goals. The key was winning possessions as senior face-off specialist Jon Garino was named the YBH Audi-Volkswagen MVP by winning 20 of 28 draws.

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Episcopal Academy won the 2012 Inter-Ac Invitational championship

5/25/13 – Warrior’s Clausen to cut hair in support of @HEADstrongFnd during Championship Weekend, Posted 5/25/13
From Press Release

Since his playing days at the University of Virginia, Ken Clausen (The Hill School) has established himself as one of the most recognizable figures in the game of lacrosse.

Clausen’s popularity isn’t the only thing that has grown over the years, in that time he has grown what is considered by many to be the best hair in the sport. His iconic locks, handlebar mustache and unique personality caught the eye of Warrior Sports and in 2010 he joined the team as a spokesman and Mountain Pacific territory representative.

Today at 2:00PM amongst the excitement and hoopla surrounding the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Philadelphia, PA, Clausen, who is originally from the Philadelphia area, will cut his infamous flow to support the HEADstrong Foundation™, an non-profit organization that both he, Warrior and Brine work closely with. Clausen’s hair will be donated to Locks of Love™ in HEADstrong Foundation’s name.

18 Nov 2010: Portraits of Ken Clausen for Lacrosse Magazine(C)Trevor Brown, Jr./Trevor Brown Photography

“Ever since I first cut and donated my hair after my sophomore year at UVA, I have wanted to do it again. I’m excited to head back Philly and partner with HEADstrong to chop the mop and donate for Locks of Love. The great thing about hair is that it grows back. At least I hope so,” said Clausen

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5/25/13 – NCAA men’s semifinals: Duke topples Cornell, 16-14; will play Syracuse in finals

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/25/13

Billy Conners said it feels special to come home to play lacrosse – especially when it’s for a shot at a National championship.

“It’s great to be able to play for the national championship,” said Conner. “It’s a privilege, and we are happy to be here.”

The Duke senior co-captain and defenseman played a major role along with fellow Malvern Prep grad Henry Lobb on defense while Lower Merion grad Jordan Wolf was an offensive star as the Blue Devils held off Cornell, 16-14, today in the NCAA men’s Division I semifinals before 28,444 at Lincoln Financial Field.

A crowd of 28,444 saw the Philly grads help Duke (15-5) reach the national finals for the second time in four years and earn a date Monday with Syracuse at 1 p.m. The Orange rallied past Denver, 9-8, with a late comeback in the second semifinal game.

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Duke’s Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) defends Cornell star Rob Pannell during Saturday’s 16-14 victory (Photo for

5/25/15 – Philly’s Rubin (Radnor), Sax (St. Joe’s Prep) help Tufts repeats as NCAA men’s D3 champion with 19-11 win over Lynchburg, Posted 5/25/15
From Press Release

The Tufts University Men’s Lacrosse team overcame a slow start to earn a 19-11 victory against Lynchburg College as the Jumbos won the NCAA championship for the second straight year and third time overall Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Tufts’ Charlie Rubin, Jon Sax

Tufts (21-2) trailed 4-0 early, but rallied to take a 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Jumbos out-scored the Hornets 5-2 in the second quarter to lead 10-6 at halftime. A 6-2 third-quarter advantage allowed the Jumbos to pull away.

Junior Conor Helfrich was selected as Most Outstanding Player after winning 23 of 31 face-offs in the game. Junior John Uppgren scored four goals with four assists while senior co-captain Cole Bailey added three goals and four assists.

Senior midfielder Charlie Rubin, a Radnor graduate, had one goal and junior defenseman Jon Sax of St. Joseph’s Prep had two groundballs.

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5/25/16 – District 1 boys’ semifinals: @UDcardsLax downs Springfield-Delco, 9-2, to avenge recent loss

By Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey), Posted 5/25/16

For Upper Dublin, Tuesday’s District 1 semifinal was all about avenging one of its two regular season losses.

Jack Rapine

The Cardinals (19-2) were able to do just that, routing Springfield-Delco, 9-2, behind six points from All-American attackman Michael Sowers and four second-half goals by senior midfielder Evan Scott. Upper Dublin will face Avon Grove in the District 1 Championship Thursday at West Chester Henderson at 4 p.m.

The Cougars (15-7) will meet Strath Haven in the third-lace game Thursday at Penncrest at 4:30 p.m.

“It’s really cool,” Sowers said. “It’s something we’ve worked for all year. Just to be here is awesome, but to do it with your best friends is even cooler.”

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5/25/16 – District 1 boys’ semifinals: @devils_lax tops @SHBoysLacrosse, 13-8 to advance to third final in four years

By Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey), Posted 5/25/16

Bryce Reid

Senior attacker Bryce Reid scored a game-high six points while junior attacker Brendan Harman tallied three goals to lead Avon Grove past pesky Strath Haven, 13-8, in the District 1 semifinals Tuesday at Henderson.

Ches-Mont League champion Avon Grove (18-1) will play in its third district final in four years Thursday when it meets Upper Dublin at Henderson at 4 p.m. The Central League tri-champion Panthers (17-5) will meet Springfield-Delco in the third-place game Thursday at Penncrest at 4:30 p.m.

“That’s crazy,” Harman said. “It’s almost hard to believe. It’s a great feeling and hopefully we can bring it home.”

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5/25/17 – .@Stoga_Lax clips Avon Grove, 14-12, for District 1 AAA championship

Staff Report, Posted 5/25/17

Matthew Moran betrays no grave secret by revealing that he and his fellow Conestoga defenders were reeling in the third quarter of Thursday’s District 1 Class 3A final at Henderson High.

Conestoga celebrates the District 1 AAA championship

But the worry that crept in as Avon Grove rapidly erased a three-goal halftime deficit was neither something the Pioneers were used to nor a particularly useful emotion in the moment.

“Honestly, we started getting down on ourselves,” Moran said. “We were doubting ourselves. They were really killing us with those off-ball cuts. And that lead started going away.”

As one of the defense’s seniors, Moran marshaled the unit to a strong finish that helped crown the Pioneers as champs.

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5/25/18 – Garnet Valley finishes off miraculous run to District 1 boys’ AAA championship, Posted 5/25/18
Staff Report

To continue a run of District 1 Class 3A tournament upsets and add Conestoga to the list of top-10 seeds it’d upended, the Garnet Valley defense knew it would have to take risks Thursday. It also knew that the best insurance policy you could ask standing was behind them.

The Garnet Valley defense was masterful, led by 15 saves in yet another magnificent performance from goaltender Jason Rose, as the No. 15 seed Jaguars completed a Cinderella run to the district crown with a 5-4 win over Conestoga at West Chester East High School.

Garnet Valley (15-8) will play District 1 No. 6 finisher Perkiomen Valley in the first round of the PIAA tourney Tuesday while the Pioneers (17-5) meet Wilson, the No. 3 team from District 3.

The heavy lifting was done on defense. Rose was spectacular again, upping his save percentage in the postseason to 72. But the symbiosis between the goalie and his defense was evident: The defense funneled favorable shots toward their goalie (and the definition of “favorable” is considerably more inclusive for someone as skilled as Rose), and he gobbled them up.

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Garnet Valley wins the District 1 AAA championship

5/25/18 – Bishop Shanahan dominates Springfield-Delco, 14-4, for first District 1 championship

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/25/18

Andre Smyth was not surprised Bishop Shanahan won its first district championship Thursday night – nor that it came so convincingly over defending District 1 and PIAA AA champion Springfield-Delco.

“Really it’s confidence,” said Smyth, who had six goals in the 14-4 rout at Henderson High. “We knew from the start of the season how good we were.

“Many people have underestimated us and beat down on us. But we are one tough group and we fully believed from the beginning of the season that we were poised for a district and eventually the state championship. We believe in ourselves. We love playing and we are having the best time of our lives.”

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Bishop Shanahan wins the District 1 AA championship

5/25/18 – .@LaxCarroll wins first district championship, topping Wood for District 12 AA crown, Posted 5/25/18

Adam Ritter collected four goals and two assists and Michael Miner scored three goals while Mike Tarasca posted 14 saves to lead Archbishop Carroll to a 12-5 victory over Archbishop Wood Thursday in the District 12 AA championship at Northeast High.

Archbishop Carroll wins its first District 12 championship

The win gave the Patriots (11-9) their first district championship. They advance to the PIAA tournament and will open Tuesday against District 3 third-place finisher York Catholic at 4 p.m. at the Germantown SuperSite.

Fynn McNulty added two goals and an assist, andAndy Borkowski had a goal and two assists while Zane Walsh had a goal and an assist and Sean Kearney scored once.

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Archbishop Carroll wins its first District 12 championship

5/25/19 – Amherst’s Wolf (Lower Merion), Cabrini’s White (Plym.-Whitemarsh) thrilled to be home playing for Division 3 title

By Matthew De George
, Posted 5/25/19

Evan Wolf

Ask enough players at the NCAA men’s lacrosse championships in Philadelphia this weekend, and you’re bound to get tales of championships past. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Foxborough, their hometown or overnight trips, in person or on television – memories of the sport’s most important weekend run the spectrum.

No one’s story beats Evan Wolf’s.

It was 2013 when the NCAA Final Four blew into Philadelphia. Wolf, a blossoming talent at Lower Merion, attended championship weekend at Lincoln Financial Field with a rooting interest – his brother, Jordan, an All-American attackman as a junior at Duke. In the final that Memorial Day, he watched Duke storm back to stun No. 1 Syracuse, 16-10, a victory sealed by Jordan’s four goals and two assists.

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5/25/19 – Moore (@gvjagslax), Aitken (@fords_lacrosse) help Virginia rally past Duke in 2OT and into finals, Posted 5/25/19
From Press Release

Strong offense by Philly’s Matt Moore (Garnet Valley) and Dox Aitken (Haverford School) helped No. 3 Virginia advanced to the NCAA title game for the first time since 2011 after edging No. 2 Duke Blue Devils today in double-overtime, 13-12, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly.

The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to Duke that started in the 2010 NCAA semifinal round. Virginia advances to the NCAA title game for the 10th time in program history.

Matt Moore (5) takes a pic of Dox Aitken after one of Aitken’s 3 goals Saturday (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

Moore found Ian Laviano 51 seconds into the second overtime to send UVA to the NCAA title game. Virginia (16-3) trailed by four goals (8-4) in the third quarter and trailed two scores with 47 seconds left (12-10). But Michael Kraus scored with 46 seconds left, while Laviano sent the game to overtime with a score with 15 seconds left in regulation, courtesy of a Moore assist.

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