November 13, 2015 |
Robert G. Becker began his love affair with lacrosse while playing midfield on the varsity team at Lafayette College, from which he graduated in 1951. "I think the reason he started was that one of his professors was a young guy who also coached the lacrosse team there and was trying to grow the program," Mr. Becker's daughter, Elizabeth T. Brandhorst, said. "My dad tried it and loved it. " And later, she said, while holding down a full-time salesman's job, he went on to play for amateur weekend lacrosse teams in Cleveland and Washington, before coaching youth lacrosse clubs in South Jersey.
October 3, 2015 |
Katie Samson is spinning off in new directions, but the immensely popular lacrosse tournament bearing her name will live on. Samson, whose lacrosse career was curtailed 15 years ago by a spinal-cord injury, says she is reducing her role in the annual event, which has drawn as many as 10,000 people. Samson, 35, of Ardmore, said that while she will cut back on the speaking engagements leading up to the tournament, she will remain involved in its foundation, show up for game day, and try to attract donors from outside the sports world.
September 29, 2015 |
Jimmy McAfee has produced five interceptions and three touchdown catches during Germantown Academy's 4-0 start. When the senior's academic talents are added to the equation, it appears he's an ideal Ivy or Patriot League recruit. But for as much as he enjoys football, McAfee plans to concentrate on playing lacrosse and studying economics at Amherst. "I really like the speed of the game, the back-and-forth action, and that there's few stoppages," he said. McAfee, a third-year starter, has shined on the gridiron as a slot receiver, free safety, and kick returner.
September 23, 2015 |
SPRINGSIDE CHESTNUT Hill Academy shouldn't change its nickname to the Lions, but if ever the impetus for such a modification existed, Jordan Young and Darian Bryant authored it last week. Young, a 5-7, 170-pound running back for the Blue Devils, is our latest Player of the Week. His 281 rushing yards and five touchdowns came on only 13 carries (21.6 per attempt) in a 41-6 thumping of Mastery Charter North. Bryant, a 6-6, 330-pound road grader committed to Temple, often cleared the way for Young, but it was Bryant's celebration after Young's most thrilling touchdown run that conjured the king of the jungle.
September 23, 2015 |
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy shouldn't change its nickname to the Lions, but if ever the impetus for such a modification existed, Jordan Young and Darian Bryant authored it last week. Young, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound running back for the Blue Devils, had 281 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 13 carries (21.6 per attempt) in a 41-6 thumping of Mastery Charter North. Bryant, a 6-6, 330-pounder committed to Temple, often cleared the way for Young, but it was Bryant's celebration after Young's most thrilling touchdown run that conjured the king of the jungle.
September 18, 2015 |
Jon Jon Roberts has started to put the finishing touches on a record-setting career at West Chester East. If he duplicates last season's performance, the quick-footed and strong-armed quarterback will close with about 6,800 passing yards and 2,300 rushing yards. With 5,770 passing yards, Roberts ranks ninth on the state's all-time passing list. Pat Devlin, who starred at Downingtown East, holds the record with 8,162 yards. Ex-La Salle standout Brett Gordon is second with 6,837. "It'd be nice to pass Devlin's number," said Roberts, a fourth-year starter.
September 4, 2015 |
If St. Joseph's Prep returns to the PIAA boys' lacrosse final this season, it will do so with a new coach roaming the sidelines. Luckily, he has some high-profile playoff experience. The Prep tapped Sean DeLaney, a former North Carolina All-American and Major League Lacrosse midfielder, as its third head coach in three years. Delaney reached two MLL semifinals with the Denver Outlaws. The defending Catholic champions fell to Radnor, 11-10, in the state final. Girls' Soccer Phebe Guenther scored a first-half goal and Friends' Central held on for a 1-0 nonleague victory over visiting Episcopal Academy.
July 1, 2015 |
Walking into CrossFit Main Line, the Ardmore outpost of the national gym franchise, there was an immediate boot-camp vibe. The decor - rough panels of wood boldly marked like cargo with the gym's logo, a suspended hand-pull apparatus flanked by an American flag - signaled an Olympian dedication to athletics. Beneath the apparatus, a small circle of participants, mostly middle-aged and male, was engrossed in executing leap-frog-like sets of burpees. Pump-up tunes - Macklemore's "Thrift Shop," DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" - played in the background.
June 12, 2015 |
The first time Matt Donnelly saw a backstop behind a lacrosse cage, it was like a revelation. His neighbor, Mike Sutton, had a cage in his backyard. And the backstop behind it changed everything for Donnelly. "I couldn't believe it," he said. "I could shoot all I wanted and not have go chase after every shot," Donnelly said with a laugh. For years after that, Donnelly and Sutton would spend hours, days on end, practicing their shot and refining their games. Whatever they were doing, it worked extraordinarily well.
June 12, 2015 |
At the end of her freshman year, Gabby Fornia met with coach Jill McCarthy to review her first season of high school lacrosse. They talked about what went right for Fornia that season, what went wrong. Fornia talked about what she wanted to improve on. "The first thing she told me was, 'I want to make my teammates better. I want to improve my passing, look to thread the needle more and just assist more.' " The words were prophetic. Fornia wanted more assists this year.