March 2, 2014 |
Bishop Eustace started to shoot around more than an hour before its boys' basketball game against Jersey City's St. Anthony on Friday. With no junior-varsity game beforehand and a packed student section already in the building anticipating the matchup with one of the state's elite programs, the Crusaders tried to take advantage of the extra time. The pregame work did not pay off, as Bishop Eustace suffered a 52-30 nonleague loss to St. Anthony, but the Crusaders will look to gain from the big-game experience with its Non-Public A playoff opener against Holy Cross on Wednesday.
February 13, 2014 |
Flo DaSilva swears he's not a risk-taker on defense. He says he used to be gambler, trying for steals on almost every possession. Now, he says, he picks his spots. "When I was on JV, I used to reach and go for steals all the time," DaSilva said after leading Bishop Eustace to 41-33 victory over Camden Catholic on Tuesday night. "Now, I stay back. " DaSilva, a 6-foot senior guard, registered seven steals, nine points, six rebounds, and four assists in sparking the visiting Crusaders past the Irish in an Olympic National battle of Top 10 boys' basketball teams.
February 8, 2014 |
Conor McLaughlin has found his stride. Not coincidentally, so has the Bishop Eustace Prep boys' basketball team. A junior forward, McLaughlin generated 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks as Eustace beat visiting Cherry Hill East, 66-50, Thursday night in an Olympic Conference interdivision game. Senior guard Flo DaSilva added 12 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals, and sophomore guard Mike Cohen scored all 15 of his points in the second half for Eustace (12-5), which won its fourth in a row. "He's really stepped up," DaSilva said of McLaughlin.
December 12, 2013 |
John DeMarco said it was a moment he will never forget. It was a father-daughter moment. It was a player-coach moment. But it was more than that, as well - a moment that capped perhaps the best season in his 30 years on the sidelines of the St. Joseph field hockey team. "This year's been so special," said DeMarco, The Inquirer's South Jersey field hockey coach of the year. "This was such a great group of girls, some of whom had never even played hockey before this year. "They were so close, no bickering, just pushing and pushing and fighting for each other all year long.
November 17, 2013 |
Tim McConnell's voice was shaking as he recounted the play: the fourth-and-20 miracle, the shining moment of his high school career. He was animated, amped, jumping back and forth. He was reliving those few flashing moments. "This is Eustace-Catholic. It doesn't get bigger than this. We just weren't going to lose this game," the senior quarterback said after leading his fifth-seeded Bishop Eustace football team to a 16-14 comeback victory at No. 4 Camden Catholic in Friday night's Non-Public Group 2 football quarterfinals.
November 15, 2013 |
It's a dynamic as old as time: Dad says one thing, daughter does another. The twist on Wednesday was that Emily DeMarco's defiance of her father's directive resulted in one of the most rewarding moments in both of their lives. "I scream at her all the time not to do it," St. Joseph field hockey coach John DeMarco said of the shot that his daughter Emily used to lift the host Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over Bishop Eustace in the Non-Public South title game. Emily DeMarco maneuvered past two defenders and backhanded the ball into the cage to snap a 1-1 tie with just 1 minute, 33 seconds to play on a cold, sunny afternoon.
November 11, 2013 |
Lauren Crudele scored four goals and Tara Young stopped the only shot she faced, propelling host Bishop Eustace to a 6-0 shutout of Holy Cross on Saturday in the Non-Public South field hockey semifinals. Crudele scored three of her goals after intermission to help Eustace, the second seed in the tournament, stretch a 2-0 halftime lead against the third seeds. Sara Furey had three assists and Elizabeth Love and Drew Pecora added goals for Eustace, which will face top seed St. Joseph in the final Wednesday.
November 8, 2013 |
It is something special, John DeMarco said, that the two best St. Joseph field hockey players he has coached in his 30-year tenure are his daughters. And now he is preparing for his younger daughter, Emily, to surpass her older sister's mark. Emily DeMarco scored three times Wednesday to lead the Wildcats past visiting St. Rose, 5-0, in the South Jersey Non-Public quarterfinals. The senior bound for American University is just three goals from her sister Megan's school record of 126 career goals.
October 10, 2013 |
Sarah Furey was involved in four of Bishop Eustace's six goals Tuesday as the Crusaders took down Camden Catholic for the second time this year in field hockey and the first time on its home field in three years, 6-2. "It's been a while since we beat them on our home turf," said Furey, a senior captain. "It's really great to win under the lights in the last regular-season game we'll play against them. " The game was up for grabs until Eustace pulled away with a couple of minutes remaining.
September 23, 2013 |
As if Bishop Eustace's football team wasn't punched in the gut enough by ending last season with an eight-game losing streak, the Crusaders absorbed an opening-day body blow that would have left many teams down. Leading by 21 points late in the second quarter, the Crusaders fell, 36-27, to Woodrow Wilson on Sept. 14. After that game, the seniors did what all good leaders do: They laid down the law in a players-only meeting. And then the Crusaders put on a stellar effort in Saturday's 14-6 win over Gloucester Catholic in an interdivisional West Jersey Football League game.