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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 29 (boys’/men’s)

Friday, 29th 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 5/29/20

5/29/08 – Haverford School downs Downingtown East in EPSLA quarters; Inter-Ac League teams continue success

By Ben Skalina, Posted 5/29/08

In the last year that the Inter-Ac League schools will be able to compete for the boys’ state title – at least for the foreseeable future – they are making their presence felt.

That much was sealed Wednesday night when The Haverford School capped off the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) quarterfinal round with a 6-4 win over defending state champion Downingtown East at Central Bucks West’s War Memorial Field.

The Fords will join La Salle, the winner of Wednesday night’s early game, and Inter-Ac rivals Malvern Prep and Penn Charter in the last-ever EPSLA Final Four Friday night at Garnet Valley.

“We’re psyched to be there, we’re psyched there’s four private schools in the Final Four,” said Haverford coach John Nostrant, whose team will meet La Salle at 8 p.m. “We feel like we’re playing the best lacrosse we’ve played since March.”

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5/29/08 – EPSLA playoffs: La Salle routs St. Joseph’s Prep, 13-3, in second meeting

By Ben Skalina, posted 5/29/08

About the only thing that was similar between the first La Salle and St. Joseph’s Prep match-up and the second was the teams that lined up at the start.

The results were all different.

While the first pairing of the two teams produced a Catholic League title thriller, their meeting in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) quarterfinals at Central Bucks West’s War Memorial Field was decidedly one-sided.

Behind four goals from Kevin Forster and three goals and an assist from Westy Hopkins, the second-seeded Explorers blew the seventh-seeded Hawks away, 13-3. La Salle (28-2) will face Haverford School in the EPSLA semifinals Friday night at Garnet Valley at 8:00.

The Hawks, who fell to La Salle, 6-5, in the first meeting just two weeks ago, finished at 22-5.

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5/29/09 – Delaware playoff recap: Philly players help Salesianum cap perfect season with state crown; Tatnall makes semis, Posted 5/29/09

A number of Philly suburban players helped Salesianum claim the Delaware high school boys’ state lacrosse championship and finish with a perfect 17-0 season.

Salesianum routed Tower Hill, 13-4, on May 23 for the crown, their second in three years. Last year the Sals were favored to take the crown, but were upset by Cape Henlopen in the finals.

Senior Brandon Groux (Newark) led the Sallies with four goals while freshman Dillon Walker (Garnet Valley school district), sophomore Andrew Blundin (Chadds Ford) and junior Andrew Salvitti (West Chester) each scored two goals.

The Sals’ defense was led by sophomore Ryan Kilpatrick (West Chester), junior Mark Cryon (Lincoln University) while junior Dan Rodgers (West Chester) made six saves. Seniors Dan Tryon (Wilmington) and Dan Caton (Wilmington) paced the midfield. Freshman goalie Matt Barrone (Garnet Valley) also was a contributor during the season.

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5/29/10 – NCAA Division I men’s semifinals: Creighton (Malvern Prep), Felicetti (CB East) lead Notre Dame into finals vs. Duke, Posted 5/29/10

Senior defenseman Mike Creighton (Malvern Prep) and senior midfielder Adam Felicetti (Central Bucks East) had his first goal of the season on a brilliant individual play as Cinderella story Notre Dame stunned

Cornell, 12-7, today to advance to the NCAA Division I championship game at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

Notre Dame’s Mike Creighton (Malvern Prep) defends vs. UVA’s Rhamel Bratton (Photo by Steve Layne)

The unseeded and underdog Irish (10-6) will make their first appearance in the championship game Monday at 3:30 p.m. against Duke, which edged No. 1 Virginia, 14-13, on a goal by senior Max Quinzani with 12 seconds on the clock.

Creighton anchored the Notre Dame defense by notching a groundball and a caused turnover. Felicetti scored with six seconds left in the first quarter to give Notre Dame a 3-1 edge after the first period of play. He tallied the goal while being checked and falling down.

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5/29/10 – Philly members on US National team excited about playing PLA All-Stars on June 18 at Lehigh, Posted 5/29/10
From Press Releases

Five members of the U.S. Men’s National Lacrosse Team (Team USA) who have ties to the Philadelphia area are excited about playing in their home area when Team USA takes on the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (PLA) All Stars on Friday, June 18th at Lehigh University.

Three are players on Team USA (Brian Dougherty, DJ Driscoll, and Kyle Sweeney) who grew up and played youth and high school lacrosse in the Philadelphia area, one is a coach (Tony Resch) who grew up, played, and still coaches lacrosse in the Philadelphia area, and the fifth (Kevin Cassese) is a player who is presently the head men’s lacrosse coach at Lehigh University.

“I love that we are playing back in Philly, so my family and friends can watch me play. Living out on the west coast, I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like, and sharing this experience with them is making it all the more special” said Driscoll, who graduated from Malvern Prep in in 2002 and then had an outstanding collegiate career at Notre Dame.

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5/29/10 -District 11 boys’ final: Emmaus repeats as champion; will face Lower Merion again in PIAA opener

By Scott Johnston, Posted 5/29/10

Junior midfielder John McGeary’s lone goal of the game with a little over a minute to play before the half proved to be the momentum Emmaus needed Friday as the host Hornets broke away from Allentown Central Catholic and cruised to their second straight District 11 title with a 11-6 win over the Vikings.

With the win, Emmaus (15-7) advances to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs for the second year in a row against a familiar foe at a familiar site. The Hornets and District 1 fifth-place finisher Lower Merion will tangle for the second year in a row at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Allentown’s J. Birney Crum Stadium – the site of last year’s opening-round game won by the Hornets, 7-5.

Lower Merion defeated Central Bucks East, 11-10 behind Duke-recruit Jordan Wolf’s game winning-goal, his sixth of the game, in the fifth-place game played earlier Friday at Radnor.

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5/29/13 – PIAA boys’ playoffs: Conestoga stops Manheim Township, 8-6 (with photos), Posted 5/29/13
Staff Report

Matt Schleicher scored three goals while Pierre Atkinson had two goals and an assist as Conestoga toppled Manheim Township, 8-6, tonight at Exeter in the first round of the PIAA boys’ lacrosse tournament.

The three-time defending champion Pioneers advance to the quarterfinals Saturday when they will meet District 2 champion Delaware Valley, a 7-1 winner over Selinsgrove.

Conestoga’s Christian Jobs (right) wins one of his 11 face-offs vs. Manheim Township in Wednesday’s victory (Photo for

Christian Jobs won 11 of 16 face-offs and Jake Scott added two goals for Conestoga, which led, 4-3, at halftime and stretched it to 6-3 before holding off the District 3 champion Blue Streaks (21-3). Robbie Zonino was the winning goalie with nine saves.

Conestoga needs two more wins to reach the state finals for the fifth time in the five-year history of the PIAA tournament.

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5/29/13 – PIAA boys’ playoffs: La Salle topples Radnor, 6-4, in low-scoring affair

By Pat White, Posted 5/29/13

La Salle got scoring from five different players and squeaked out a 6-4 victory over Radnor in the first round of PIAA boys’ lacrosse playoffs on Wednesday at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

The win vaults the Explorers (20-2) into the quarterfinals Saturday against Garnet Valley (a 9-6 winner over Great Valley) at a site and time to be determined. Radnor closes its season at 18-5.

The Explorers controlled the flow of play for much of the game despite winning just three of 14 face-offs. It was a possession dominated game and La Salle was able to take advantage of more opportunities in the offensive end.

Radnor’s defense limited La Salle’s high-scoring attacker Matt Rambo to just two goals. Senior goaltender Brendan Manderack came up big with 10 saves, including some acrobatic kick saves from point-blank range.

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5/29/14 – PIAA boys’ tournament roundup: Penncrest, Avon Grove, Radnor win openers, Posted 5/29/14

Penncrest’s Dylan Protesto (23 of 26 FO, 1G, 1A) is defended by Ryan McNulty (Photo by Jacob Farrell)

Alex Bonnett had five goals and two assists and Dylan Protesto won 23 of 26 face-offs and added a goal and an assist as Penncrest toppled Bishop Shanahan, 13-10, Wednesday in the first round of the PIAA lacrosse tournament.

The win advances the Lions (22-1) to the state quarterfinals Saturday against La Salle at a site and time to be determined.

Will Manganiello added three goals and an asisst and Ryan Kinnard scored twice for Penncrest, which led, 8-3, at one point and never allowed Shanahan to draw even.

“We capitalized on our opportunities,” said Penncrest coach Wayne Matsinger. “We had some nice looks and Bonnett took advantage of some multiple slide situations.”

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5/29/16 – Growth of 2nd Annual @CourageGame shows lacrosse spreading message that anyone can play

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/29/16

Braeden Lange said his biggest thrill today at the 2nd Annual Courage Game was meeting a boy his age who came to meet his hero.

Braeden Lange meets the Thompsons with father, Scott, at left

“The best thing today was a kid named Alex who wrote me a sweet letter telling me how I was his inspiration,” said Downingtown’s Lange, 13, the creator of the Courage Game. “He is not from here and it was heartwarming knowing he came here just to meet me.”

Alex was one of more than 1,000 that participated in the event at Penn Penn in Philadelphia. Lacrosse games were held for players from 3 year-olds to men and women in their 50s and and above to celebrate acceptance with a mission to encourage and support gay youth, rebuke bullying, and promote wider education and awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality. Donations and all other funds raised go directly to supporting the work to spread the mission, impact lives, and bring inclusivity to all youth sports.

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5/29/16 – .@TuftsLacrosse makes pre-NCAA title game visit to @HEADstrongFnd’s Nick’s House to meet 9-year-old fighting cancer

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/29/16

Tufts senior defenseman Jon Sax (St. Joseph’s Prep, Lawrenceville School) speaks to 9-year-old Jacob at Nick’s House Friday

Win or lose in today’s NCAA Division III National Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field against Salisbury (1 p.m.), the Tufts men’s lacrosse team won the hearts of a 9-year-old boy from Arkansas who has been fighting blood cancer most of his life.

Fifty-one members of the Jumbos and their coaches arrived after Friday afternoon at Nick’s House in Holmes, Delaware County, and spent time meeting and hanging out with Jacob, who suffers from
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

The one Philly member of the Jumbos, St. Joseph’s Prep grad Jon Sax (also PG’d at Lawrenceville School and played for Duke’s L.C.), said the time spent with Jacob was special. Jacob, in Philly with his mother, was diagnosed in May of 2010, and has been re-diagnosed three times, had had two bone marrow transplants, and two stem cell transplants. He is being treated at CHOP with Chemo and T Cell and Stem cells.

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5/29/17 – Philly standouts help @TerpsMLAX claim first NCAA men’s championship since 1975, Posted 5/29/17
From Press Release and Staff Report

With many Philly grads playing key roles, the Maryland men’s lacrosse team defeated Ohio State 9-6 to capture the 2017 Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Gilette Stadium Monday.

Philly standouts! All-tournament pick Matt Rambo (left, La Salle College High) and face-off hero Jon Garino (Episcopal Academy), who played together for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club, helped lead Maryland to its first National championship since 1975 (Photos by Rene Schleicher)

Philly standouts! All-tournament pick Matt Rambo (left, La Salle College High) and face-off hero Jon Garino (Episcopal Academy), who played together for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club, helped lead Maryland to its first National championship since 1975 (Photos by Rene Schleicher)

Senior face-off specialist Jon Garino (Episcopal Academy) won 10 of 14 face-offs and was named Capital One Player of the Game in a brilliant performance against Ohio State ace Jake Withers. Garino finished the tournament having won 27 of 38 draws vs. the 1st, 2md and 3rd team face-off All-Americans.

Senior Matt Rambo (La Salle), who is a favorite to win the Tewaaraton Award, had a goal and an assist and two groundballs and was named to the All-Tournament team. Rambo and Garino played for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club.

On defense, Curtis Corley (Shawnee-NJ) had two groundballs and a caused turnover while Bryce Young (St. Augustine Prep-NJ) added two groundballs.

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5/29/19 – Clemens helps Springfield-Delco downs defending PIAA champion Manheim Township, 11-5, in Class AAA opener, Posted 5/29/19
Staff Report

Pat Clemens donned full pads, helmet on and strapped up, for last Tuesday’s District 1 Class 3A semifinal at Halderman Field. Watching his Springfield-Delco team fall that day to Garnet Valley was not easy.

Pat Clemens

“It’s tough,” the senior defenseman said. “Nothing really much else to say.”

The game against Garnet Valley was the seventh of eight that Clemens would miss after a hamstring strain picked up against Avon Grove at the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival in April. The difference made by the three-time All-American’s return Tuesday was obvious, to say the least.

The Springfield defense took charge and limited defending PIAA champion Manheim Township to almost nothing after halftime in an 11-5 victory in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament at Exeter Township High School. The Cougars advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals vs. La Salle at a site and time to be determined.

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