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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories from May 31 (girls’/women’s)

Sunday, 31st May 2020

Categories 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 5/31/20

5/31/08 – District One quarterfinals: Patient Bayard Rustin defeats Downingtown West, 19-10

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/31/08

Bayard Rustin midfielder Allison Tatios believes that patience is the key to making an offense work.

“There is always a good cut, but there is always a perfect cut,” Tatios said. “If you’re patient, you can find it.”

Tatios and the third-seeded Golden Knights managed to find that perfect pass often enough today to claim a surprisingly-easy 19-10 victory over second-seeded Downingtown West in a District One Class AAA semifinal at West Chester East.

The win vaulted Rustin (17-2) into the finals Tuesday (8 p.m.) against top-seeded Radnor at Marple Newtown.

The Knights, who led 8-3 at halftime, were clinging to a scant 8-7 edge when Tatios scored three of her four goals to spark an 8-0 run. The senior, bound for national runner-up Penn, added four assists while Leanna Brewer added four goals and Kelsey Corbet had three. Six other players scored.

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5/31/08 – District 1 playoffs: Great Valley gains revenge over Unionville

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/31/08

Great Valley had no trouble getting prepared for today’s District One Class AA semifinal game against Unionville.

The Patriots were still smarting over the 15-14 overtime loss to the Indians May 14, a defeat that cost them a share of the Ches-Mont League American Conference title.

Then, after Unionville defeated Villa Maria Academy in the quarterfinals, Indians coach Wendy Landry told the media, “Bring it on,” as a reference to the challenge of a third meeting between the squads.

Great Valley came to West Chester East bearing freshly printed t-shirts that said, “Bring it on.” And that’s what the Pats did in a 13-6 victory that vaulted them into Tuesday’s title game (6 p.m.) against Springfield-Delco at Marple Newtown.

“We got these shirts made and came to bring it,” said Great Valley senior tri-captain Kim Wenger, who led the attack with five goals. “We played the whole game like we were down one and we were not going to let them back in.”

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5/31/09 – Radnor dances to 14-7 victory over Archbishop Carroll in PIAA quarters

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/31/09

Radnor senior defender Beasley Hays said she and her teammates left her Senior Prom Friday night a little early to make sure she had enough rest for Saturday’s Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) quarterfinal playoff against Archbishop Carroll.

The move paid off as the Red Raiders raced to a 9-1 lead and held off a late Carroll comeback attempt before claiming a 14-7 victory at West Chester East.

The win moves the Raiders into the semifinals Tuesday against District 3 champion Manheim Township, a 13-10 winner over Peters Township. The game will be played at a neutral site and time to be determined today, probably in Berks County.

Radnor, the District 1 runner-up, tallied seven unanswered goals to stretch a 2-1 lead into a 9-1 pad late in the first half. Sam Ellis (four goals) led the surge with three of those goals. Courtney Campbell also finished with four goals while Allie Martin and Kelyn Freedman each had two. Annie Woehling (eight saves) was strong in the cage.

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5/31/14 – PIAA girls’ quarterfinals: Garnet Valley eliminates defending state champion Harriton, 16-12

By Harry Chaykun, Posted 5/31/14

The PIAA girls lacrosse tournament turned six years old this spring.

After Radnor earned the first two championships and Garnet Valley claimed the next pair, Harriton wanted to become the third team to win back-to-back titles.

Katie Stec … Key defensive play

Garnet Valley put those Rams’ dreams to rest at West Chester East’s Zimmerman Field Saturday afternoon, capturing a 16-12 decision in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 PIAA Tournament.

The Jaguars, who have won 13 of 14 and are 22-2, will take on District 7 champion Mt. Lebanon (22-0), a 12-8 winner over District 7 runner-up Quaker Valley Saturday, in a semifinal game Tuesday at a site (probably near State College) and time to be determined. Harriton, which battled through some key injuries to get back to the state tourney, finished the season at 18-7, with three of the losses to Garnet Valley by a total of six goals.

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5/31/14 – NJ girls’ championships: Moorestown edges Mendham for Group 3 title; Lenape takes Group 4, Posted 5/31/14
From Staff Reports

Two freshmen helped No. 1 Moorestown defeat Mendham, 6-5, today to remain undefeated and claim its fourth straight Group 3 state title at Monmouth University.

Freshman goalie Jessica Goralski made several key saves after being inserted in the second half and freshman Quinn Nocolai scored a key goal in the second half to help the Quakers improve to 24-0, win their 75th straight game and earn their 13th state championship.

Moorestown will advance to the Tournament of Champions semifinals Wednesday neighboring Lenape, the Group 4 champion, at Hunterdon Central at a time to be determined.

Goralski replaced starter Gabby Cooper and stopped several free position shots, finishing with four saves while allowing just one goal.

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Moorestown – NJ Group 3 champions

5/31/17 – PIAA girls’ AAA: Whitaker helps Springfield-Delco roll to first-round win

By Matt Chandik, Posted 5/31/17

Springfield-Delco’s girls’ lacrosse team prides itself on its ability to beat you in a bunch of different ways.

Springfield-Delco’s Bridget Whitaker

Take away one player on the Cougars’ offense, and that still leaves a half-dozen scoring threats at any time. It doesn’t need to run through one player when you’ve got the weapons that Keith Broome’s team boasts. Rather, Springfield can pick you apart from all angles.

Sometimes, though, it’s incredibly effective to have one player handle the bulk of the load. Tuesday night, Bridget Whitaker was virtually unstoppable in a 15-5 win over Exeter in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament at Penncrest. The Temple commit scored six times, added an assist and collected four draw controls as part of a dominant night for the Cougars.

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5/31/18 – Philly Team 3 claimed Silver Medal at National Tournament; Dirks, Pansini named HLA Finalists, Posted 5/31/18

Philly Team 3 reached the finals of the Oneida Division championships last weekend at the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament at Stony Brook, NY.

Philly Team 3 was the runner-up at the National Tournament

Team Philly fell to Heather Leigh Albert winner Caitlyn Wurzbuger and South Florida, 16-7, in the final.

Kacy Hogarth led Philly 3 with a pair of goals.

Also at the National Tournament, Olivia Dirks (Episcopal Academy) and Natalie Pansini (Agnes Irwin) were named as finalists for Heather Leigh Albert Award.

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5/31/19 – Swarthmore coach Borbee (Penncrest, Delaware) honored with Tewaaraton Legends Award, Posted 5/31/19
From Press Releases

Swarthmore College head coach Karen (Emas) Borbee (Penncrest, Delaware) was recognized Thursday night as the recipient of the 2019 Tewaaraton Legends Award at the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Karen Borbee (right)

The Tewaaraton Legends Award, is awarded to one male and female honoree each year who were at the top of the game collegiately before the Tewaaraton Award was established in 2001. The Tewaaraton Legend Award was first given in 2011 to star athlete Jim Brown.

Borbee, a three-time All-American and national champion at the University of Delaware, appears all over the NCAA’s Division I record book and still is on top of the goals per game category (4.65) after recording 256 goals in 55 games. She led Delaware to a combined 60-9-1 record while playing there from 1981-84.

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