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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 27 (boys’/men’s)

Wednesday, 27th 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)

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/20

EPSLA quarters: Ridley-Penn Charter game suspended by foul weather; Malvern wins

Phillylacrosse.com, posted 5/27/08

The Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) quarterfinal playoff game between Ridley and Penn Charter Tuesday night at Conestoga was suspended by lightning with the score tied, 3-3, late in the first half and will be finished Wednesday night.

One bolt of lightning hit at 8:53 p.m. and another struck 25 minutes later, forcing officials to call the game. The game will be picked up at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, also at Conestoga, with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left in the half.

Ridley, the fourth seed, is the Central League champion. Penn Charter, the 12th seed, advanced with a 9-8 overtime win over Germantown Academy.

In the opener Tuesday, top-seeded Malvern Prep blanked eighth-seeded Springfield-Delco, 12-0. The Friars, the top-ranked team in last week’s Phillylacrosse.com Top 10 Poll, will face the winner of the suspended game Friday night at Garnet Valley at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

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5/27/10 – Catholic League boys’ championship: La Salle downs St. Joe’s Prep, 7-5, for 7th straight crown and state berth

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/10
Staff Report

Christian Cardinal scored three goals and John Lawlor made seven saves as La Salle defeated St. Joseph’s Prep, 7-5, today to clam its seventh straight Catholic League boys’ lacrosse championship at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

The win gives the Explorers (17-2) the lone Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoff berth for District 12 as they bid to defend their PIAA crown and shoot for a third straight state title. Last year La Salle won the first PIAA crown after it won the final Keystone Cup championship. The Explorers will meet District 1 fourth-place finisher Abington in the first round of the PIAA tourney Tuesday.

The Explorers took a 4-3 halftime lead and led the entire second half. Nick Cruice, Jack Bogorowski, Patrick Resch and Sean Coleman each contributed one goal and the Explorer defense was strong throughout the game, according to coach Bil Leahy.

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5/27/11 – District 1 boys’ lacrosse championship: Conestoga rallies from early deficit to top CB East, 10-4, for 3rd straight title

By Russ Atkinson
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/11

Top-seeded Conestoga used a late first-half goal and a 4-0 run to open the second half in claiming a 10-4 victory over Central Bucks East Thursday night at Radnor to earn its third straight District 1 boys’ lacrosse championship.

Conestoga’s Connor Frisina makes an acrobatic strip during Thursday’s District 1 championship win over Central Bucks East (Photo by Tim Flatley)

The Pioneers (21-1) will open Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) tourney Wednesday against District 4 fourth-place finisher Cumberland Valley or Wyomissing.

CB East (20-2) will play District 1 fifth-place finisher Ridley in the first round Wednesday.

The Patriots seized a 3-1 lead when Parker Self scored off a Conor McSherry feed with 1:54 to play in the first half. But Conestoga’s Billy Flatley scored with :33 left in the half and the Pioneers took over the momentum into the third period.

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5/27/13 – NCAA men’s championship: Duke overpowers Syracuse, 16-10, with Philly flavor

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/13

Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) had four goals and two assists and Duke rode an amazing 12-1 run to wipe out an early 5-0 deficit as the Blue Devils defeated Syracuse, 16-9, today for the NCAA championship before 28,224 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Blue Devils (16-5) won their second national title in four years – and they did it with Wolf leading the attack and Malvern Prep graduates Billy Conners (senior) and Henry Lobb (junior) leading the defense.

“I have been downplaying it all week, but this was the culmination, this feeling,” said Wolf, who was named to the All-Tournament team and had eight goals and three assists in the Final Four. “I would love to win it in Maryland, Boston, anywhere … but being in Philly is unbelievable.”

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Philly players celebrate Duke’s Division I National championship – from left, Jamie Ikeda (Conestoga), Tanner Scott (Conestoga), Billy Conners (Malvern Prep), Henry Lobb (Malvern Prep), Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion), Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) and Brian Dailey (Conestoga) – Photo for Phillylacrosse.com

5/27/15 – PIAA boys: @cbeastlacrosse topples Emmaus, 11-5, to advance to quarterfinals

By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/15

Matt Vetter

Matthew Vetter had two goals and three assists to lead Central Bucks East to an 11-5 victory over Emmaus in the opening round of the PIAA boys’ lacrosse tournament Wednesday at Nazareth.

Dustin Buchanan and Jack Auteri each scored twice for the Patriots (19-4), who utilized a dominant third quarter to overcome a one-goal deficit at halftime.

Patrick Camilli scored three goals for the three-time defending District 11 champion Green Hornets (14-8). Matthew Horton stopped 17 shots.

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5/27/17 – Parkland defeats Emmaus, 15-9, for first District 11 championship

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/17
Staff Report

Parkland players that also compete for the Duke’s Lacrosse club are, left to right, Dalton Omara, Dylan Rahm, Gavin Saylor, holding District Championship Trophy; James McLaughlin and Brady Groff.

Andrew Albertson won an amazing 26 of 27 faceoffs while Greg Santa-Anna, Ryan Geroulo and Luke Summers each scored three goals as host Parkland defeated Emmaus, 15-9, Thursday night for the District 11 Class AAA championship.

It was the first district crown for the Trojans, who improved to 21-1. The Trojans advance to the PIAA tournament, where they’ll meet Central Bucks East, the fourth-place team from District 1, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Northampton.

Parkland seized control when it scored three straight goals (two by Santa-Anna) in the final 1:43 of the second quarter and took a 10-7 halftime lead.

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5/27/19 – Cabrini’s Leyden (Haverford High) overcame many setbacks to reach promised land as National champion

By Matthew De George
For Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/19

Kevin Leyden’s scars require a little explanation. You see, he’s had the ACL in his left knee repaired twice. That’s the one with the heft brace. But the second surgery required a graft from his right knee, hence the matching scar.

Cabrini’s Kevin Leyden (left), Nick Waligurski (center), Nick Vass bask in the glory of the Division III National Championship at Lincoln Financial Field (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

It’s easy to get confused with all the stops on Leyden’s journey. But as a testament to his perseverance, Leyden stood outside the Cabrini locker room Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, with a beaming smile on his face and a piece of a carved up net in his hat.

Leyden is one of many in Cabrini’s championship cast, scoring a goal in a 16-12 win over Amherst for the program’s first Division III national championship. And his path there is more circuitous than most.

Leyden, a 2014 Haverford High grad, committed to Penn State for lacrosse. But a knee injury on the football field robbed him of a season of lacrosse (and ice hockey, where he wasn’t too shabby either). He changed his commitment to West Chester to play football, and when things didn’t work out there due to a combination of his ongoing rehab and non-sports reasons, he ended up at Delaware County Community College, unsure if his athletic career would continue.

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5/27/19 – Philly’s Moore, Aitken, Conner, Schwenk, Smith lead Virginia to NCAA championship

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/19
From Press Release

The No. 3 seeded Virginia Cavaliers (17-3) captured the program’s sixth NCAA Division I title with a 13-9 triumph over No. 5 seeded Yale (15-4) at Lincoln Financial Field, thwarting the Bulldogs’ quest for back-to-back titles. 

Philly’s Matt Moore (Garnet Valley) and Dox Aitken (Haverford School) again made major contributions, but also freshman Jeff Conner (Strath Haven) and backup faceoff man Justin Schwenk (Spring-Ford) chipped in and unheralded senior short-stick midfielder Dave Smith (Shawnee) was one of a batch that led a defense that stymied the potent Yale attack all day.

Moore had four goals, an assist and a groundballs and Aitken scored twice and scooped three groundballs. Conner had an assist and two groundballs and Schwenk won 2 of 8 faceoffs against Tewaaraton finalist TD Ierlan while Smith had two groundballs and a memorable hit on Yale standout attackman Matt Gaudet tyhat typified the physical defense which menaced the Bulldogs’ attack which had erupted fore 21 goals two days earlier against No. 1 Penn State.

The championship was the first for Virginia since 2011.

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Virginia celebrates the 2019 men’s Division I championship (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

5/27/19 – Moore, Aitken, Smith relish in Virginia’s NCAA championship

By Joseph Santoliquito
For Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/19

They were aware of the history, the rich past of Virginia lacrosse and its NCAA tournament berths, ACC titles and national championships.

But Virginia had not been “Virginia” in some time. The last time the Cavaliers won the NCAA championship dated back to 2011. In 2016, legendary coach Dom Starsia, the all-time winningest coach in Division I lacrosse history with 375 victories, was fired. It wasn’t a pretty parting.

The program was in some upheaval.

Lars Tiffany changed all of that – with the help of foundation players like Dox Aitken (Haverford School), Matt Moore (Garnet Valley), Dave Smith (Shawnee) and Justin Schwenk (Spring-Ford).

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UVA’s Matt Moore (Garnet Valley) celebrates during the Cavaliers’ NCAA championship victory (Photos by Rene Schleicher)

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