(This is one of a regular-day series of boys’/men’s and girls’/women’s stories looking back on this date in history)
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/27/20
While she may only be thinking about following in her parents’ footsteps by studying medicine next fall, Jenkintown senior Anika Ross has decisively followed their example.
“They’re both doctors, and they’re both hard-working and dedicated,” Ross said.
It seems the good doctors have given a strong dose of that work ethic to their daughter, a standout attack wing and Honor Society student who is accomplished both on the lacrosse field and off.
Last fall, Ross’ industrious spirit earned her academic recognition from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and the United States’ official body as well. Ross also has been hauling double time in her capacity as treasurer for not just one, but two, school organizations – as Class Officer, and as a member of the Spanish Society. In addition, she boasts a 3.75 GPA and has found time to volunteer as a member of ACLAMO, a group that helps disadvantaged Latino families.
To Ross, the Longstreth Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week, the experience is anything but work. At Christmas, she enjoyed helping bring gifts to Latino youth in the Norristown area.
Julia Colyar scored three goals while Jen Moyer, Emily Maher, Jess Roy and Nikki Beck added two apiece as Pennridge defeated Perkiomen Valley, 14-6, Friday in a non-league girls’ lacrosse opener.
Taylor Dachowski and Dayna Erdman each added one goal for the Rams. Maher and Moyer each added two assists and Roy had one. Dayna Erdman and goalie Jenna Esposito (10 saves) led the Pennridge defense. Cat Smeykae, Kate Young, Amber Gansz, Vanessa Molush, Jenn Nyce, and Grace Malizia scored for Perk Valley.
When Ohio State junior co-captain Gabby Capuzzi looks into the future, her vision is clear.
Ohio State’s Gabby Capuzzi, the Phillylacrosse.com Collegiate Scholar-Athlete of the Week
For one, the self-described “lacrosse junkie” would love to have a shot as a sports broadcaster in the mix of things on the court or field.
“I want to be right there at the scene,” said the Archbishop Carroll alum, named the Phillylacrosse.com Collegiate Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Indeed, Capuzzi has already garnered some on-air time as part of her student internship at Ohio News Network, a CBS affiliate. As part of her training, the Broomall native conducted a television interview and has begun to build her career portfolio.
But, according to Capuzzi, her future holds other plans as well, including hopes to coach at the collegiate level upon graduation. Capuzzi already coaches for the Phantastix club team in the summer.
Capuzzi – who has 15 goals this year for the Buckeyes – is quick to point to a long list of mentors who influenced her from the earliest days.
Springfield-Delco girls’ lacrosse coach Keith Broome said it best after his team opened Central League play with a 14-8 decision over host Haverford High at A.G. Cornog Stadium Tuesday night.
“It’s a game I’m glad to have over,” Broome said. “Haverford always plays well against us, and this is a tough week for the Geiger family.”
Kathleen Geiger, who owns championship rings from her playing days at Temple as well as with Team USA, is a member of Broome’s coaching staff. Her older daughter, Katrina, is one of Haverford’s senior captains. Younger daughter Allison, who attends Haverford Middle School, sings the national anthem before Fords home games, while husband Alan watches the games from the stands with the intensity that comes to all parents when their daughter is on the field.
Tuesday night, Springfield sophomore Emily Verica was Katrina Geiger’s shadow throughout the Central League opener for both teams. She got help from several teammates, including Alex Poplawski and Michelle Gilday, in holding Geiger to four goals, three of which came in the last nine minutes, after the Cougars (2-0) had taken a 13-5 lead.
“Facing Katrina was definitely a challenge,” said Verica, who also contributed a pair of goals to the Springfield attack. “Mr. Broome runs our defense, but Mrs. Geiger me told that I should know the things that Katrina would do.”
3/27/13 – Girls’ lacrosse: Strath Haven surges past Henderson, 17-9
When Strath Haven senior center Kirsten Wilhelmsen gets to Lafayette College next fall, she knows she’ll be playing lacrosse.
As for her course of study?
“Undecided,” was her quick reply.
Wilhelmsen got a lesson in the game of lacrosse from a coach’s point of view. She banged up her elbow in a fall in a game at Unionville last week, so when the Panthers made the trip to West Chester to take on Henderson in a nonleague game today, Wilhelmsen stood on the sideline, rested her elbow and watched her teammates and coaches in action.
She took particular note of coach Rachel Busza’s timeout talk with 15 minutes left in the second half after the host Warriors (2-1) had cut a four-goal deficit to one. The Panthers (2-0, ranked No. 3 by Phillylacrosse.com) responded with five goals in the next four minutes and rolled to a 17-9 victory at J. Oscar Dicks Stadium.
“We needed an energy boost in that timeout,” Wilhelmsen said. “We came out and got four goals right away and they tied us by halftime. The second half started out like the first half, but then we got a lot of contributors after that timeout.
The Phillylacrosse.com Girls’ Rankings:
1. Conestoga (0-0) Prev: No. 1: The Pioneers open today at Notre Dame Academy and then start their Central League slate Wednesday at Springfield-Delco.
2. Agnes Irwin (2-0) Prev: No. 2: The Owls play Tuesday at DC/Maryland power Good Counsel.
3. Moorestown-NJ (0-0) Prev: No. 3: The Quakers open Wednesday at Rumson Fair Haven.
4. Garnet Valley (1-0) Prev: No. 4: The Jaguars open Central League play Tuesday vs. Penncrest.
Florida lacrosse head coach Amanda (Moore) O’Leary – who starred for Temple when it was the dominant program in the 1908s and is a Spring-Ford graduate – claimed a milestone on Saturday, earning her 300th career victory with a 16-11 win over the Georgetown Hoyas.
O’Leary becomes just the fifth coach in the history of DI women’s lacrosse to accomplish that feat, joining Navy’s Cindy Timchal (497), Princeton’s Chris Sailer (390), North Carolina’s Jenny Levy (318), and Virginia’s Julie Myers (307).
Timchal (Haverford High grad), Sailer (Haverford High) and Myers (Harriton) also are Philly products.