June 13, 2014 |
PLAYER OF THE YEAR /ATTACK Haley Warden GARNET VALLEY The senior did it all for the Jaguars and ended her career in impressive fashion with her third PIAA state title in four years. Warden, who will play next season for James Madison, scored a total of 18 goals in Garnet Valley's four state-playoff games. She shined brightest in the championship game, scoring twice in the second half to regain momentum for her team just when it looked to be slipping away. "It's difficult to express," Jaguars coach Jenny Purvis said.
June 9, 2014 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Haley Warden stood near the 10-yard line, awaiting the referee's signal. The early momentum Garnet Valley had built dissolved in the second half of Saturday's PIAA girls' lacrosse final. The Jaguars' five-goal lead over Springfield (Delco) had dwindled to one. "Let's go, Haley," a fan hollered from the Hersheypark Stadium grandstand. The ref's whistle blew, and Warden charged the net and scored off the restarted play to put Garnet Valley back on track. She scored again three minutes later, and the Jaguars rolled to a 13-9 win. The state title was their third in the last four seasons and the first for second-year coach Jenny Purvis.
June 8, 2014 |
Before another Garnet Valley girls' lacrosse win last week, Haley Warden grabbed a pen and scribbled onto the tape she wrapped to protect her right hand. As the senior always does, she wrote "#10ve" and "Kip. " The Jaguars are gearing up for the PIAA final against Springfield (Delco), scheduled for noon Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. And they will be bringing the message of Kip Taviano with them. Taviano died last May in a two-car accident in Delaware County. The 17-year-old was finishing his senior year at the Haverford School, where he played football and lacrosse.
June 5, 2014 |
Garnet Valley athletic director Seth Brunner handed Jenny Purvis a Hershey bar, and the coach took two steps back before yelling, "We're going to Hershey. " When her players returned from celebrating around goalie Paige Mitros, Purvis stood in front of Garnet Valley's bench holding the candy bar in both hands, extended toward her players. The bar represented what the Garnet Valley girls' lacrosse team has worked for since missing the state playoffs last season, and what it earned with its 20-7 win over Mount Lebanon at Cumberland Valley on Tuesday in the PIAA state semifinals.
June 5, 2014 |
Aly Gormley sat on the track at West Chester Henderson and unlatched the brace from her right leg after Springfield (Delco) defeated Great Valley, 13-8, Tuesday in a PIAA girls' lacrosse semifinal. The Cougars midfielder stuffed the black brace into her backpack. She said it is her "security blanket" after she tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the first round of last season's state playoffs. The ligament is still a bit weak, Gormley said, and the brace protects her lateral movement.
June 2, 2014 |
Jenny Purvis, the Garnet Valley girls' lacrosse coach, hopped on her toes as the last few seconds elapsed from the clock. The horn at West Chester East's stadium finally sounded. The Jaguars had survived. The players dashed toward goalie Paige Mitros after holding off defending state champion Harriton, 16-12, Saturday in a PIAA quarterfinal. Senior attack Sabrina Fusco said the horn was "very exhilarating and lovely. " Senior midfielder Haley Warden called it "a big relief. " "It was like, 'Oh my gosh.
May 30, 2014 |
Emily Santana scored five goals to help Springfield (Delco) edge Downingtown East, 11-8, in the first round of the PIAA state girls' lacrosse tournament Wednesday at West Chester East. The junior added an assist and eight draw controls. Kate Ryan scored two goals and had an assist, and Cailyn Gormley deposited two goals for Springfield. Kate Bedard recorded 10 saves to get the win in net. In other first-rounders: Great Valley 18, Manheim Township 6 - Brittany Edwards scored seven goals to lead the Patriots to the rout at Exeter.
May 25, 2014 |
Michelle DeBernardi leaned over the chain-linked fence that surrounded Haverford High's field. "Get over here," she yelled. Kate Ryan couldn't resist. She ran to DeBernardi and hugged her over the fence. Ryan had just scored with 3.4 seconds left for Springfield (Delco) in a 10-9 victory Friday over Garnet Valley to give the Cougars their first District 1 Class AAA girls' lacrosse championship since 2009. The bleachers were filled with friends and family, many of whom rearranged their schedules to accommodate the noon start after the game was postponed Thursday night.
May 19, 2014 |
Neumann-Goretti didn't give Charlie Jerla much room for error, but he kept the Saints' season alive Saturday in a 1-0 home win over La Salle in a Catholic League baseball losers bracket matchup. Jerla tossed a four-hit shutout. He struck out five and walked two. Justin Curtain singled home Joe Lolio in the second inning. Neumann-Goretti will play Cardinal O'Hara in the losers bracket final Monday. Friends Schools League. Luke Haug had three hits and four stolen bases, but host George School lost the Friends Schools League championship to Moorestown Friends, 4-2. Lacrosse Eric Russo scored four goals, and fifth-seeded Avon Grove beat fourth-seeded Central Bucks East, 9-6, in the District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinals at Harriton.