September 20, 2014 |
In what's likely to be a fast-paced game with back-and-forth scoring, Kyle Shurmur and La Salle will visit Alex Hornibrook and Malvern Prep at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pellegrini Athletic Complex. The Explorers, 2-1 and ranked No. 2 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, average 34.7 points. The No. 11 Friars, also 2-1, are scoring at a 27.7-point clip. Both employ spread offenses. Shurmur, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder bound for Vanderbilt, has completed 68 of 100 passes for an area-high 924 yards and 12 touchdowns.
September 17, 2014 |
With his team moments away from another tie, Jason Dandy delivered on Monday afternoon. The La Salle senior scored with 25 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Explorers past Conwell-Egan, 1-0, in a Catholic League boys' soccer game. La Salle tied Holy Ghost Prep, 1-1, on Saturday. Nonleague. A.J. Marcucci made four saves and assisted on Ramon Gallegos' go-ahead goal in the second half of Episcopal Academy's 2-0 win at Phelps. Girls' Soccer Emily Wasserleben headed in her own rebound six minutes into overtime to secure a 2-1, Suburban One National win for William Tennent at Abington.
September 12, 2014 |
It was in the mid-1990s when Drew Gordon, then La Salle's offensive coordinator, took notice of a sophomore reserve. "He kind of stood out because he worked so hard and, even as one of the younger guys on the team, was a leader," said Gordon, now the Explorers' head coach. That player was Travis Manion. Later, as a hard-nosed senior fullback and defensive lineman, he played a key role in La Salle's drive to a 12-1 record and the Catholic League title. After making his mark at La Salle, where he also excelled in wrestling and lacrosse, Manion went on to the U.S. Naval Academy and, following in the footsteps of his father, became a Marine Corps officer.
September 11, 2014 |
DEFENDING regular-season Big East champion Villanova will open its conference schedule on Dec. 31 at home against Butler. The Wildcats close on March 7 at the Wells Fargo Center with St. John's. Their other games in South Philly are against Marquette on Feb. 4 and Georgetown 3 days later. Their games at the Pavilion are against De Paul (Jan. 10), Xavier (Jan. 14), Creighton (Jan. 25), Seton Hall (Feb. 16) and Providence (Feb. 24). The Wildcats start on Nov. 14 against Lehigh at the new PPL Center in Allentown, which will be a homecoming for senior guard and Lehigh Valley native Darrun Hilliard.
September 7, 2014 |
Alexa Hoover (Methacton) and Emily Corcoran (Merion Mercy) both had hat tricks as the Penn women's field hockey team routed Lehigh, 9-1, Friday day afternoon at Ellen Vagelos Field. Temple 6, Rutgers 1 - With three goals in the first 12 minutes, the Owls (3-0) routed the host Scarlet Knights. Columbia 3, La Salle 1 - Abbey Lawrence scored, with an assist from Devin Muracco (Washington Township), but the Explorers fell short agains the host Lions. Volleyball Temple 3, Charlotte 1 - Caroline Grattan's double-double of 16 kills and 13 digs led the Owls (4-0)
September 6, 2014 |
Erin Gluck recorded a natural hat trick in a span of four minutes Thursday, but Swarthmore (0-3) fell to host Richard Stockton, 6-3, in a field hockey game in Galloway, N.J. Samantha Barcia (Eastern) led the way for Stockton (2-0) with a hat trick of her own. Neumann 2, Widener 1 - The Knights (1-2) needed double overtime, but they notched their first victory since 2004 over the Pride (0-2). Carolynn Bacho (Holy Cross) scored the game-winner 53 seconds into the second OT. Women's soccer.
September 2, 2014 |
It was in the spring, while Mark Schmidt was watching his daughter's softball game, when his cell phone suddenly rang. On the other end was Drew Gordon. The La Salle football boss wanted to know whether Schmidt, who had stepped down as Neshaminy's longtime coach in February, was interested in joining the Explorers' staff for 2014. "He had an opening for an offensive-line coach," Schmidt said. "From there, I went and talked to my wife [Maribeth] about it. We agreed that it would be something worth pursuing.
September 1, 2014 |
Pat Shurmur recalls the countless pass-and-catch sessions in the backyard, watching his son make surprisingly crisp and accurate throws. The youngster, when it came to organized play, showed more natural ability on offense. "He's never been a good tackler," his father said with a laugh. Jon Runyan remembers the Tuesday afternoons, while at home and recovering from another exhausting NFL game, when he would test his namesake's hand-eye coordination. "I would have him run across the room and wing the ball at him," he said.
August 31, 2014 |
Even after a stellar opening performance, La Salle's Kyle Shurmur wanted to talk about the things he needed to improve on as a quarterback moving forward. "Numbers are numbers," the 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior said after throwing for 338 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's night's 29-7 triumph over host North Penn in Lansdale. "We can't stall on drives like we did at times. That's on me. " Shurmur, who is ticketed for Vanderbilt, connected on 23 of 36 attempts. In the first half, he was 16 for 22 for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
August 30, 2014 |
In gearing up for a return to the powerful Suburban One League National Conference, North Penn will open the football season Friday night vs. La Salle in the first of three nonleague contests against solid Catholic League opponents. A difficult early-season slate strengthened the Knights last year. After an 0-3 start, including a 34-7 loss to the Explorers, they won 10 straight games in advancing to the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA final. This year, after La Salle, North Penn's schedule will continue with West Catholic, the reigning Catholic League Class AA champ, and Archbishop Wood, the defending AAA state titlist.