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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 28 (boys’/men’s)

Thursday, 28th 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 5/28/20

5/28/08 – EPSLA quarters: Malvern Prep rides Springfield in shutout

By Ben Skalina, Posted 5/28/08

When Malvern Prep’s Matt Mackrides snagged a loose ball out of the air on defense and sprinted downfield with it for an eventual fastbreak goal in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) quarterfinal against Springfield-Delco, it should have made it abundantly clear that the Friars were going to play a thorough, endline-to-endline game.

And for 48 minutes of downright dominant lacrosse, John McEvoy’s top-seeded Friars did just that, possessing the ball for huge chunks of time and forcing the young Cougars into turnover after turnover for a 12-0 win at Conestoga that advances them into Friday’s semifinals.

Top-seeded Malvern (20-2), ranked No. 1 by, will face the winner of Tuesday night’s suspended game between Ridley and Germantown Academy at Garnet Valley at 6 p.m. That contest was halted by lightning with the score tied, 3-3, late in the first half and will be completed tonight at 4:30 p.m. at Conestoga.

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5/28/08 – EPSLA playoffs: Penn Charter advances to semifinals by topping Ridley, 7-5 Posted 5/28/08
Staff Report

Eddie Bambino scored two third-quarter goals, Colin Still had two goals and an assist and goalkeeper Danny Carr was brilliant in the cage as 12th-seeded Penn Charter toppled fourth-seeded Ridley, 7-5, Wednesday at Conestoga in the completion of a suspended quarterfinal playoff game in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association.

The Quakers (16-11) will face top-seeded Malvern Prep in the semifinals Friday night at Garnet Valley (8 p.m.).

The game was tied, 3-3, when lightning forced postponement Tuesday night late in the opening half. Joey Sankey scored when play resume to give Penn Charter a 4-3 lead, but Tyler Johnston (three goals) tied it for the Raiders (19-3) early in the second half before Bambino’s two tallies made it 6-4.

PC coach Pat McDonough credited Carr (15 saves) with one of his best games of the year. The Raiders outshot the Quakers, 28-17, but Carr was masterful in the final period when he posted six saves – many at point-blank range.

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5/28/09 – Male Scholar-Athlete: Harriton’s Schwab was ‘predisposed’ to the field of medicine

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/28/09

Robbie Schwab never had much choice in the matter; since both of his parents are doctors, he was almost willed to pursue the field of medicine.

The Harriton senior middie will be attending Amherst (Mass.) next fall and probably be a pre-med student majoring in some area of sciences. Armed with a 5.0 GPA, Schwab – the Laxzilla/ Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week – said having physicians as role models have helped him succeed in the classroom.

“Both of my parents are doctors, so I was kind of predisposed to that area,” said Schwab, who is a member of the National Honor Society and took nearly all AP and Honors courses. “I knew from the beginning that they expected nothing but the best.”

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5/28/10 – Conestoga defeats Springfield-Delco, 8-4, to repeat as District 1 boys’ champion

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/28/10

Peter Bowers scored two goals as Conestoga took a 4-1 first-period lead and defeated Springfield-Delco, 8-4, today at Harriton to repeat as the District 1 boys’ lacrosse champion.

Conestoga celebrates second straight District 1 championship (Photo by Scott Growney)

The Pioneers (20-2), who avenged a 4-3 overtime loss to the Cougars

in the regular season, will face the District 1 seventh-place finisher, Hatboro-Horsham in the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoffs Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at Harriton.

The Central League champion Cougars (19-2) will open with District 1 sixth-place finisher Central Bucks East at Harriton at 3:15 p.m.

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5/28/11 – District 11 boys’ championship: Allentown Central Catholic routs Nazareth to win first crown

By Scott Johnston, Posted 5/28/11

So, how long did it take for Allentown Central Catholic to send a clear message to upset-minded Nazareth about another possible upset in the District 11 playoffs?

Allentown Central Catholic won its first District 11 championship Friday night

Less than a minute.

Just 29 seconds from the opening whistle, junior attackman Steve Mussoline found the back of the net keying a scoring barrage that saw ACC score the game’s first 14 goals as the Vikings won its District 11 championship with an easy 16-5 win over the Blue Eagles on Friday at Emmaus’ Memorial Field.

ACC (18-4) moves on into the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) at 3 p.m. on Wednesday when it will return to Memorial Field to face Wyomissing, the No. 3 team from District. 3.

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5/28/11 – Delaware boys’ state finals: Salesianum rallies to top Tower Hill, 7-5, to avenge loss last season and earn second crown in three years, Posted 5/28/11

Andrew Blundin (one assist), Dillon Walker and William Freeborn each scored two goals and host Salesianum School rallied from a 3-1 halftime deficit to defeat Tower Hill, 7-5, today to claim the Delaware boys’ lacrosse state championship.

The Sals (16-1) scored five goals in the third period and avenged a 5-4 double overtime loss to Tower Hill in last year’s finals. They won their second crown in three years and closed the year with 16 wins in a row.

Troy Reeder drew the Sals within 3-2 with 10:21 left in the third period when he returned to the field following a penalty and scored while falling down. Salesianum won the ensuing face-off and Matthew Shaw fed Freeborn for the tying goal just 17 seconds later.

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5/28/14 – PIAA boys’ tournament: La Salle defeats Springfield-Delco, 9-5

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/28/14

Stephen Hudak

Mitch Soufleris collected three goals and two assists and La Salle used a 5-0 second-period run to key a 9-5 victory tonight over Springfield-Delco in the first round of the PIAA lacrosse tournament.

The District 12 champion Explorers (14-7) advance to face District 1 fifth-place finisher Penncrest, a 13-10 winner over Bishop Shanahan. The game will be played Saturday at a site and time to be determined.

La Salle fell behind, 2-0, early in the second period before scoring five goals in six minutes. Stephen Hudak (two goals) started the barrage and Aidan Kerrigan scored the next two, followed by Chris Hladczuk and Soufleris.

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5/28/15 – PIAA boys: @SJPLacrosse clips Shanahan, 9-7, behind Marchese (13 saves)

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/28/15

Andrew Watts and Kevin Stump each had three goals and two assists and Michael Marchese posted 13 saves as St. Joseph’s Prep defeated Bishop Shanahan, 9-7, Wednesday in the first round of the PIAA lacrosse tournament at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

Andrew Watts

The win advances the District 12 champion Hawks (17-5) into Saturday’s quarterfinals against District 3 champion Manheim Township (23-2), which toppled Shady Side Academy 10-4. St. Joe’s Prep downed Manheim in overtime, 11-10, on March 30.

The Prep used a 5-0 third-period spurt to take control of the game after Shanahan (18-3) had scored four unanswered goals – all by Alex Wagner, who finished the year, unofficially, with 80 goals.

Watts had the first two goals – just 41 seconds apart – in the run. The other key player in the fourth period was Marchese, who had six of his saves and held Shanahan down after it closed within 8-6.

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5/28/16 – Rambo (@LaSalle_Sports) helps Maryland edge Brown in OT, 15-14, for another shot at National title

By Russ Atkinson and from Press Release, Posted 5/28/16

The No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 5 Brown, 15-14, in a thrilling overtime game on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to advance to the program’s 13th national championship appearance.

Matt Rambo had a career-high five assists, including the feed on the game-winning goal for the Terps (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

Junior attackman Colin Heacock netted the game-winner with 2:41 remaining in the first overtime period off a Matt Rambo (La Salle, Duke’s L.C.) assist. It was Heacock’s third tally of the day and 40th of the year. The goal also marked his 50th point of the season. Rambo had a career-high five assists and one goal in the game.

Maryland (17-2) will face former conference foe North Carolina in the NCAA National Championship on Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. The game also will match Rambo – a second-team All-American and Player of the Year in 2013 against his best friend, UNC defensean Austin Pifani (Abington).

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5/28/16 – UNC’s Pifani (Abington) thrilled to be playing for National championship after 18-13 win over Loyola, Posted 5/28/16
By Russ Atkinson and From Press Release

North Carolina junior All-America defenseman Austin Pifani (Abington, Duke’s L.C.) had no trouble showing his love of Philly after his Tar Heels defeated Loyola, 18-13, today in the NCAA men’s semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field.

Abington grad Austin Pifani celebrates the win for the Tar Heels (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

“It means the world to me being back in Philadelphia playing for the national championship,” said Pifani, an All-ACC pick and Third-team All-American who had three groundballs and two caused turnovers in the game. “I just want to thank my family and friends and alumni for all they did to support us.

“Not many people believed in us, but they certainly did. I am thankful for growing up in Philadelphia; it’s such a special place for lacrosse. It was great growing up in Abington – it has a has a close place in my heart, and I have that for all the teams I played for; Abington High, the Dukes and the Wet Bandits. I can’t say enough about my family and all the support they have given me.”

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5/28/17 – Rambo (@LaSalle_Sports), Garino (@EAboyslacrosse), Young (@HermitsLacrosse) help Terps reach NCAA final, Posted 5/28/17
From Press Release

The No. 1 Maryland lacrosse team secured its third straight trip to the NCAA Championship game after knocking off fifth-seeded Denver 9-8 in Saturday’s semifinals at Gillette Stadium. The game came down to the final possession, as the Terps held off the Pioneers to seal a one-goal victory.

Maryland’s Matt Rambo flies during Saturday’s semifinal win over Denver in which he set the Terps’ all-time scoring mark (Photos by Rene Schleicher)

Maryland’s Matt Rambo (La Salle, Duke’s LC) became the program’s goals leader with his first quarter goal, as his 154 all-time goals passed Joe Walters (’06) for first on the all-time list. He also now has the most points (60) since 2000 in NCAA tournament play. Rambo finished with a goal, an assist and four groundballs.

Maryland’s faceoff unit held its own against the nation’s leader in faceoff percentage in Denver’s Trevor Baptise, as Austin Henningsen and Jon Garino Jr. (Episcopal Academy, Duke’s LC) combined to go 10-for-21. Garino won 3 of 6 draws. Also, Maryland defenseman Bryce Young (St. Augustine Prep) had a groundballs and helped keep the dangerous Denver attack from exploding.

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Maryland’s Matt Rambo flies during Saturday’s semifinal win over Denver in which he set the Terps’ all-time scoring mark (Photos by Rene Schleicher)

5/28/19 – Virginia’s Smith (Shawnee) is heart and soul of Cavs’ NCAA Division I championship

By Matthew De George
For, Posted 5/28/19

The jobs that Dave Smith (Shawnee) does rarely show up on the University of Virginia stat sheet.

Sometimes, for the short-stick defensive middie, that’s the whole point of his time on the field – to not pick up penalties, to not lose possession, to quietly be part of a daunting six-man defensive unit and uneventfully get stops and clears.

Monday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field, the Cavaliers senior co-captain added to his array of off-field jobs. Like being the one to lead a jubilant group of Cavaliers sprinting over to the orange-clad masses in the stands to celebrate after a 13-9 win over Yale in the NCAA Division I final.

Or, more importantly, as guardian of the championship trophy as the team went from the locker room to the bus to the team tailgate in the parking lot.

“This thing’s not leaving my side,” Smith said. “It’s been a dream, been a goal my entire life. It’s going to sleep in my bed tonight, I can tell you that.”

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Virginia’s Dave Smith (20) defends during Monday’s title game win. Smith had two groundballs, a caused turnover, and several key hits to help the Cavs win from his short-stick midfield position (Photo by Rene Schleicher)


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