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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 30 (boys’/men’s)

Saturday, 30th 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 5/30/20

5/30/08 – Last EPSLA Final Four is tonight at Garnet Valley, Posted 5/30/08

The battle lines are drawn for the final Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) championship as four teams gear for the semifinals.

Tonight at Garnet Valley, Malvern Prep faces Penn Charter (6:00) and La Salle meets Haverford School (8:00) in a classic Final Four.

Malvern Prep (20-2) is the top seed, the No. 1 team in this week’s Top 10 Poll and the eighth-ranked team in the most recent STX/Inside Lacrosse National High School Rankings.

The Inter-Ac League champion Friars have won 12 straight games. They advanced to the semis by blanking Springfield-Delco, 12-0, in the quarterfinals and beat Penn Charter twice this year in the Inter-Ac, by scores of 9-5 and 12-7.

The 12th-seeded Quakers (16-11), ranked ninth by, are the Cinderella team of the tourney. They have knocked off fifth-seeded Germantown Academy (9-8 in overtime) and fourth-seeded Ridley (7-5) to reach the semis.

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5/30/09 – Conestoga scores five straight goals to overcome Emmaus, 9-4, in PIAA quarterfinals

By Scott Johnston, Posted 5/30/09

Senior attackman Paul Mita scored a hat trick and Conestoga broke a 4-4 tie late in the third period with five unanswered goals today as the state’s No. 2-ranked team defeated Emmaus, 9-4, in a second-round Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoff game at Harriton High School.

The win vaults the District 1 champs (23-1) into Tuesday’s semifinals against fellow District 1 and Central League opponent Springfield-Delco, which defeated Carlisle, 7-4. The game will be played early Tuesday at Harriton at 1 p.m. to give Conestoga time to prepare for its evening graduation.

Meanwhile, Emmaus – the Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 champion – ends a fantastic season, finishing with a 19-5 overall mark that included the school’s first-ever win in the state playoffs four days earlier (7-5 over Lower Merion).

The Hornets, who had won eight straight games, had rallied from a 4-1 deficit at the half by scoring the first three goals of the third period courtesy of senior midfielder Mic DeBellis (No. 56 on the season), junior attackman Alex Kuehner (32nd) and junior attackman Will Scott (39th, second of game) to shock Conestoga.

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5/30/09 – La Salle graduates with 10-8 win over Downingtown East in quarters

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/30/09

La Salle earned a huge graduation present today – a ticket to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse semifinals.

The Explorers seven unanswered goals in the second and third quarters and then held off a late rally to defeat Downingtown East, 10-8, in a PIAA quarterfinal at Harriton.

Kevin Forster and Pete Schwartz each scored three goals for the Explorers, who had 16 seniors graduate in the morning. La Salle advances to the semifinals Tuesday against the Manheim Township, a 6-5 winner over Mt. Lebanon, at a neutral site and time to be determined.

La Salle (19-4) trailed, 3-1, and then, 4-3, early in the second quarter when it began to take over.

First, Forster scored with 8:54 to play in the half to tie it and then Schwartz scored twice before Westy Hopkins scored with 12 seconds left in the half.

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5/30/10 – Pettit’s third goal in 2nd overtime lifts Tower Hill to stunning win over Salesianum in Delaware boys’ title game

By David A. Willauer, Posted 5/30/10

Michael Pettit scored the last of his three goals with 3 minutes, 5 seconds left in the second overtime as Tower Hill completed a stunning rally and defeated defending champion and top-seeded Salesianum School, 5-4, Saturday for the Delaware State High School Boys’ Lacrosse championship at Caravel Academy.

The Sals (14-3) were leading, 4-1 after three periods, but Pettit scored off a Blaise Taylor assist to make it 4-2 and Chas Robino (member of Duke’s Lacrosse Club, committed to Massachusetts) scored with 1:38 left in regulation to make it a one-goal game.
Jake Graham sent the game into overtime with 12 seconds left in regulation.

The game-winner was set up by a key win at the face-off X by Tower Hill’s Ripley Nielsen, who had a strong game all day at the X. Robino dodged the wing as Pettit made a pick. Robino beat his man and then fed Pettit, who was open on the right side

The third-seeded Hillers (14-3) claimed their second state crown, the first coming in 2005. Last year they were stomped by the Sals in the finals, 13-4.

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5/30/11 – Delaware state boys’ championship: Salesianum School captains cherish comeback victory over Tower Hill in title game

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/30/11

Andrew Blundin said Salesianum School was determined not to have its dreams of a Delaware state boys’ lacrosse championship shattered by the same team two straight years.

The top-seeded and favored Sals were trailing visiting Tower Hill, 3-1, at halftime of the Delaware state title game Saturday. Tower Hill was the same team that upset Salesianum, 5-4, in double overtime in the 2010 state title game.

But this time, the Sals used a 5-0 run to open the second half as they earned a 7-5 victory for their second state title in three years and third crown in five years.

Salesianum School celebrates its 2011 Delaware state boys’ lacrosse championship

“We came out real slow in the first half, but after halftime we decided we weren’t going to have a repeat of last year,” said Blundin, a senior co-captain from Chadds Ford. “Once we scored we kept building on the momentum.”

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5/30/11 – NCAA Division III championship: Philly players help Salisbury men rout Tufts, 19-7, for program’s ninth national crown, Posted 5/30/11

Four Philly grads played roles as Salisbury routed Tufts, 19-7, for the Sea Gulls’ ninth Division III national championship front of 18,086 Sunday evening at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Senior defenseman and co-captain Nick Mooney – an Honorable Mention All-American from Interboro – led the defense as Salisbury avenged a 9-6 loss to the Jumbos in last year’s title game. Also on the starting defensive unit was junior Chad Surman (Southern Lehigh).

Junior attackman Kyle Quist (Central Bucks East) scored once for the Sea Gulls and senior goalie Tim Swinburn (Strath Haven) played the final 12:35 of the game and made 3 saves.

Also on the Salisbury roster are junior defenseman Jeff Hoffman (Perkiomen Valley), sophomore defenseman Bryan Dacey (Central Bucks West) and freshman attackman Chris Brady (Neshaminy).

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5/30/11 – NCAA men’s Division I championship: Haldy (Haverford School) helps Virginia down Maryland, 9-7, for national crown, Posted 5/30/11

Senior John Haldy (Haverford School) had been to the Final Four three times previous in his career at Virginia, but today the co-captain midfielder and the Cavaliers cashed in.

Colin Briggs scored five goals and seventh-seeded Virginia (13-5) overcame a slow start to defeat Maryland, 9-7, before 35,661 at steamy Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium in the men’s NCAA Division I championship game.

The title was Virginia’s first since 2006 and fourth under Dom Starsia. Haldy spent much of the day as the offensive quarterback and freshman midfielder Bobby Hill (Malvern Prep) added a groundball in a part-time role

For unseeded Maryland, it was a heartbreaking end to an amazing run, aided by three key Philly grads. Redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato (La Salle) made 8 saves and was named to the All-Tournament team, while junior attackman Owen Blye (Downingtown East) had a goal and an assist and senior All-American defenseman Bret Schmidt (Upper Dublin) played standout defense on Virginia ace Steele Stanwick and also was named All-Tourney.

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5/30/12 – PIAA boys’ playoff: Radnor downs Garnet Valley, 5-4, on OT goal by Donato, Posted 5/30/12
Staff Report

Peter Donato scored an unassisted goal 52 seconds into overtime today to lift Radnor to a 5-4 victory over Garnet Valley in a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse playoff at Henderson High.

Radnor (17-7), the fifth seed out of District 1, advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals to meet the winner of District 1 champion Conestoga and Hempfield. Garnet Valley, the District 1 runner-up, closes at 17-7 after the loss to its Central League rival.

Radnor took a 4-1 lead early in the second half when Mike Cherry scored on a bull rush to the net. The Jaguars then began to rally as Mike Selverian scored a minute later on a strong solo effort. GV cut the lead to 4-3 when Kevin McGroarty beat Brendan Manderack with 7:57 left in the final quarter.

Then with just 42.5 seconds left in regulation, Robert Raucci tied it on a behind-the-back goal.

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5/30/12 – PIAA boys’ playoff: La Salle routs Great Valley, 16-4, in opening round

By James Boyle, Posted 5/30/12

Matt Rambo scored four times and had four assists as La Salle defeated Great Valley, 16-4, on Wednesday in a first-round Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse playoff at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

The District 12 champion Explorers (18-4) advance to play Downingtown West on Saturday in the quarterfinals. Great Valley closes its season at 14-10.

“I knew they were a really good team, so we came up the whole week fired up and we weren’t going to take them lightly at all,” said Rambo. “I mean it’s states, everyone’s good.

“In the first couple minutes we went up four nothing. And that’s when we were working the ball around and once you get a little confidence… we just moved the ball so well and shared it.”

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5/30/13 – PIAA boys’ playoffs: District 1 champ Avon Grove advances despite challenge from Hershey, Posted 5/30/13
Staff Report

After being told it was the underdog for so long, Avon Grove got to experience life as the top dog.

For a brief stretch Wednesday in the first state tournament game in school history for the Red Devils, they looked like they might not be able to handle that responsibility as Hershey scored four straight goals to slice the AG lead to one.
Then the Red Devils showed why they were able to claim the first District 1 title in school history, putting together a dominant fourth quarter to knock off a pesky Trojans team, 12-7, at West Chester Henderson.

Avon Grove (20-3) moves on to take on Wilson-West Lawn, which claimed a dramatic 12-11 come-from-behind win over District 11 champion Emmaus. The Bulldogs are the No. 2 seed out of District 3. The game’s location and time have yet to be announced.

Hershey’s Matthew Stewart capped that 4-0 Trojans run with a shot through Will Schreiner’s five-hole, but Red Devils coach Eric Jackson got his team to settle down and reminded them of how they’d gotten to this point. From there, Matt King scored his lone goal of the game to push the lead back to two, and Stephen Cyron’s third of four goals 61 seconds later quashed any attempt at a Trojans (20-4) upset.

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5/30/13 – PIAA boys’ playoffs: Garnet Valley claims emotional win over Great Valley for fallen friend, Posted 5/30/13
Staff Report

One followed the other, and in both cases, Garnet Valley boys’ lacrosse coach Frank Urso began to weep.

When the public announcer at Henderson asked for a moment of silence Wednesday for Haverford School senior Kip Taviano, a Glen Mills resident who died in a two-car accident Tuesday, Urso had to wipe away tears from his eyes.

Taviano had played club lacrosse at the Brandywine Youth Club with many of the Jaguars and was still friends with a lot of them to this day. Urso had coached him, too, at the BYC, and the two had formed a lasting relationship.

When the national anthem had been done playing, though, Urso lost it again before turning around to rally his troops. He later admitted to not knowing what he’d get from his team in the wake of such a tragedy, but after a 9-5 win over Great Valley for the first state tournament win in school history, Urso was beaming with pride while trying to wipe away more tears.

“It could have went a lot of different ways,” Urso said. “They were up all night, they didn’t sleep. My son (Vail, out with a torn ACL) didn’t play, but he didn’t sleep. I didn’t sleep all night.

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5/30/14 – Philly All-Public Boys’ All-Star Game: Red team edges Blue, 11-10, behind O’Brien’s 8 goals, Posted 5/30/14

Eric O’Brien (Northeast High) erupted for eight goals to lead the Red to an 11-10 victory over the Blue in the Philadelphia Public League All-Star Game Wednesday at the South Philly Supersite.

Connor McMonagle (George Washington) led the Blue team with three goals and two assists and Amir Fluellen (Mastery Charter) had three goals and one assist.

Blue : 2-3-2-3-0-0: 10
Red : 3-2-2-3-0-1: 11

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Philly All-Public teams

5/30/15 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: @sprlax topples @cbeastlacrosse, to meet rival Radnor in semis

By Teddy Bailey, Posted 5/30/15

Springfield-Delco had to go overtime to avoid an upset Wednesday when it escaped with a 9-8 victory over Hershey in the first round of the PIAA tournament.

Mike Gerzebek (left), James Spence

But today, with help from Mike Gerzabek and James Spence, there were no late theatrics in their quarterfinal contest with Central Bucks East at Harriton High.

Gerzabek scored five goals and James Spence was strong with 11 saves in goal to lead Springfield-Delco past Central Bucks East, 8-3, and into the state semifinals.

Springfield-Delco (19-4) will play Radnor (19-6) in the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday night at a site/time to be determined. The Cougars defeated the Raiders, 7-2, in a Central League game in April.

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5/30/15 – PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: Gayhardt scores six as @SJPLacrosse routs Manheim Township, 15-7

By Bradley Schlegel, Posted 5/30/15

Peter Gayhardt scored six goals and St. Joseph’s Prep raced to a 7-1 halftime lead before coasting to a 15-7 victory today over Manheim Township in a PIAA boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal at Exeter.

The District 12 champion Hawks (18-5) advance to the semifinals Tuesday against Cumberland Valley, a 9-7 winncer over State College.

Peter Gayhardt

Kevin Stump added three goals and Andrew Watts had two goals and two assists, while Daniel Fisher and Bernie Halfpenny combined to win 14-of-25 faceoffs.

Kevin Curico and Chris Augeri each scored twice for the District Three champion Blue Streaks (23-3). Canton Johnson recorded 11 saves.

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5/30/16 – Pontrello, Pifani help UNC rally past Maryland, 14-13, in OT for national title, Posted 5/30/16
By Russ Atkinson and From Press Release

Chris Cloutier scored at the 1:39 mark of overtime off an assist from Michael Tagliaferri to give the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team a 14-13 win over Maryland in the NCAA championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. The Tar Heels captured their first national championship since 1991.

Tar Heel goalie Brian Balkam made a big overtime save while the unseeded Tar Heels (12-6) were playing a man down shortly before Cloutier’s game-winner, allowing Carolina to survive a point-blank Terrapin shot attempt that would have won the first NCAA title in over four decades for top-seeded Marylad (17-3).

UNC captures its fifth NCAA title, joining 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1991. The Tar Heels are now 5-1 in NCAA championship games.

Steve Pontrello (St. Augustine Prep) had two goals and an assist and Austin Pifani (Abington) had a groundball and a caused turnover to lead the UNC defense. Charles Kelly (Malvern Prep) won 3 of 7 face-offs.

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Philly guys (from left) Jake Peden (Downingtown East), Charles Kelly (Malvern Prep), Austin Pifani (Abington), Colin Reder (Episcopal Academy) and assistant coach Davvid Metzbower (former Malvern Prep coach) celebrate the NCAA championship (Photo by Rene Schleicher)


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