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

Wednesday, 27th May 2020

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, 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 5/27/20

5/27/08 – District 1 playoffs: Unionville downs Villa Maria Academy, 14-9

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/27/08

In stretches of the first half of today’s District One Class AA quarterfinal game at Villa Maria Academy, Unionville displayed the quick-passing transition game that has helped the Indians beat some of the top teams in the district.

Then in the second half, Unionville turned it up a notch.

The fifth-seeded Indians (12-7) got four goals apiece from Erica Midiri, Heather Wentz and Lindsey Smith and earned a 14-9 victory over the Hurricanes (19-3) to earn a ticket to the semifinals.

Unionville will play Ches-Mont American Conference rival and top-seeded Great Valley – which crushed Phoenixville, 25-4, Tuesday – Saturday at West Chester East at a time to be determined. Unionville and Great Valley split their regular-season games.

The Indians led only, 7-6, at halftime and were leading, 8-7, when Wentz scored to start a 4-1 spurt that game Unionville control. For most of the final minutes, the Indians were able to utilize their speed and passing game.

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5/27/09 – Poplawski, Springfield-Delco overcome OT challenge from Boyertown, 14-13, in first-round PIAA contest

By Adam C. Warner, Posted 5/27/09  

    Elite teams and players often find a way to overcome adversity before reaching an ultimate goal.

    On Tuesday night, Madison Poplawski and the Springfield-Delco Cougars proved their moxie despite facing arguably their toughest challenge yet.

    After rallying her team from an early six-goal deficit and then again in the final minutes, Poplawski scored the game-winning score with one minute and 57 seconds left in the first overtime period to lift Springfield-Delco to a thrilling 14-13 victory over Boyertown in the first round of the inaugural Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) girls’ lacrosse playoffs at West Chester East.

    With the win, the District 1 champion Cougars (22-2 overall) have a quarterfinal showdown on Saturday against fellow District 1 foe Unionville, fresh off of a 15-4 victory over Southern Lehigh. The site and time of the game will be determined today.

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5/27/11 – District 1 girls’ lacrosse: Downingtown East topples Garnet Valley for first crown, Posted 5/27/11
Staff Report

Senior Ashley Poli pumped in nine goals and added three assists and Downingtown East used a 10-0 spurt to break open the game early Thursday as the Cougars claimed their first District 1 championship by downing Garnet Valley, 22-12, at West Chester East.

The Cougars (22-1) will open Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) play Wednesday against District 1 seventh seed Upper Dublin Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.

Garnet Valley (20-3) will meet Central League rival Harriton – the District 1 No. 4 team – on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.

The Jaguars scored the game’s first two goals, but the Cougars responded with their 10-0 run to seize a 10-2 lead with 9:48 left in the first half. Garnet Valley later cut the deficit to 12-7, but Poli scored her sixth goal of the half shortly before intermission to make it 13-7 and the Cougars kept the momentum as the second half began.

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Downingtown East claimed its first District 1 championship Thursday by defeating Garnet Valley

5/27/12 – Women’s D1 championship game: Philly’s Tumolo, Cross, Mock, Wentz will be playing for Syracuse tonight vs. Northwestern, Posted 5/27/12
From Press Release and Staff Report

No. 4 Syracuse goes for its first national title when it meets defending champion and second-ranked Northwestern in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship final tonight at 8 p.m. at Stony Brook, N.Y. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Heather Wentz… Unionville grad wins Final Four Academic honor

The Orange (19-3) is in the title game for the first time, while the Wildcats (20-2) have won six championships in the last seven seasons.


Syracuse features junior attack Michelle Tumolo (Clearview Regional), sophomore midfielder Amy Cross (Upper Dublin), sophomore defender Kasey Mock (Pottstown) and senior midfielder Heather Wentz (Unionville).

Tumolo had four goals and three assists in Friday’s 14-13 double overtime win over Florida in the semifinals. Mock, off the bench, contributed a draw control, a groundball and a caused turnover and Cross had a groundball. Wentz did not play, but was honored as the the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Championship.

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5/27/15 – PIAA girls: @stogagirlslax clip Southern Lehigh, 16-8; will meet Great Valley

By Bradley Schlegel, Posted 5/27/15

Maggie Stetson scored six goals and Sondra Dickey had five goals and two assists to lead Conestoga to 16-8 win over Southern Lehigh in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs today at Nazareth.

Maddie Little of Conestoga is defended by Bridget Carciello of Southern Lehigh

The Pioneers (21-3) will face Great Valley – a 17-7 winner over Kennard-Dale – in a second-round game Saturday.

Bridget Cerciello scored six goals for the Spartans (20-1), the No. 1 seed from District 11.

“We knew this would be quite a challenge,” Southern Lehigh head coach Jen Shields said. “The girls played very hard and with a lot of heart. We tried to control the pace of play, which requires possession. But we struggled to get the ball.”

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5/27/15 – PIAA girls: Mathewson helps @GarnetGLax downs Archbishop Carroll, 14-10, scores 200th goal

By Harry Chaykun, Posted 5/27/15

Garnet Valley was protecting a two-goal lead late in its PIAA Tournament first-round game against Archbishop Carroll at Neumann University Wednesday night when it had one more big play to make.

Emily Mathewson scored on an 8-meter shot that gave the defending state champ Jaguars what they needed to go on to a 14-10 victory and advance to the second round of the state playoffs.

Garnet Valley (14-9), District 1’s fifth-place team, will take on District 3 champ Manheim Township in a quarterfinal contest Saturday while Carroll, which won its 15th consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League title as well as the District 12 crown, finished at 19-2.

Mathewson, who had five goals and four assists, got her 200th career goal on that 8-meter shot 1:53 before Wednesday night’s contest came to an end.

“I’m so happy for Emily,” GV head coach Jenny Purvis said. “Not only that she got her 200th goal, but because it was such a meaningful goal.

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5/27/16 – McCool, Devlin, Hendrick, Lobb help UNC edge @PennStateWLAX to reach NCAA title game

By Anthony Caruso, Posted 5/27/16

North Carolina sophomore Marie McCool (Moorestown) said that her team has unfinished business. One year ago, the Tar Heels lost to the Maryland Terrapins, 9-8, in the Women’s Lacrosse National Championship game – and now they get a chance at revenge.

The Tar Heels are back in the NCAA championship game for the second straight year and the third time in four years after tonight’s 12-11 win over Penn State in the national semifinals at Talen Energy Stadium.

Coach Jenny Levy’s Tar Heels improved to 19-2 on the season with the victory while Penn State, in the national semifinals for the first time since 1999, saw its season end at 14-7. UNC will play for the national championship at 12 noon on Sunday against the top-seeded Terrapins, who handled Syracuse, 19-9. That game will be televised live on ESPNU.

The Tar Heels have won 16 straight games, and they’ve won six games by one goal.

“This team is really gritty,” said McCool, who had a goal, three assists and three draw controls. “We’ve been in so many situations, where we’ve had many one goal wins this year. We’ve come out on top of all the games, except for one of our losses.”

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5/27/17 – .@easternglax stuns Lenape in OT for first South Jersey Group 4 championship, Posted 5/27/17
Staff Report

Kaela Sierra scored with 58.7 seconds left in overtime to lift visiting Eastern to a thrilling 12-11 victory over top-seeded Lenape for its first NJSIAA South Jersey Group 4 title in school history.

Eastern (12-5) had fallen twice this year to Lenape (15-1), which had its perfect season ruined.

Eastern was only 5-12 last year, but has won six straight and advances to meet Central Jersey champion Rancocas Valley, a 14-3 winner over Freehold.

“I can’t put it into words.” said Sierra, a Stony Brook signee who scored twice. “I am just beyond happy winning our first SJ’s title. We had many ups and downs as the years passed, but this year we worked extremely hard as a team to get to the final round.”

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Eastern celebrates the South Jersey Group 4 championship


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