September 10, 2015 |
It wasn't long into overtime Tuesday when Angela Gervasi took matters into her own hands to conclude a Catholic Academies soccer matchup. Within the first minute of the extra period, the junior took control of the ball, broke past a trio of defenders, and scored to give host Mount St. Joseph a 3-2 win over Villa Maria. Ashley Pyne scored and assisted Reagan Fitzgerald on a goal. Pioneer Athletic Conference. Kylie Cherneskie powered Pope John Paul II's offense, recording a hat trick in a 7-0 rout at Pottstown.
September 3, 2015 |
One might think that Villanova right tackle Jake Prus views protecting Walter Payton Award-winning quarterback John Robertson as his primary job this fall. Not quite. While the 6-foot-4, 300-pound senior from Woodstown in Salem County takes football seriously, he's even more focused on his fellow man. So on Sept. 10, Prus will spend eight hours at Hahnemann Hospital donating bone marrow to help save the life of a 65-year-old man he has never met. "It's cool being able to save someone's life by doing so little on my part, you know what I mean?"
June 8, 2015 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Just before the season began, the Radnor boys' lacrosse team lost one of its most important figures when assistant coach George "Senior" Corrigan passed away at 84. From that moment on, the Raiders decided what their goal would be: Win it for Senior. With 48 seconds left in overtime of the PIAA state final Saturday against St. Joseph's Prep, Jack Wilson made sure they did. Wilson scored off a Drew Ryan pass to give Radnor an 11-10 victory and its first state title.
June 2, 2015 |
There was no shortage of drama Sunday in the final of the collegiate rugby sevens championship at PPL Park in Chester. The repeat of last year's final was neck-and-neck through 14 minutes of play as the teams ended regulation tied at 12. The Kutztown fans in maroon and gold making up nearly half of the 11,023 fans in attendance seemed to grasp how close their team was to upsetting the tournament's early favorite. Echoes of "Let's go, Kutztown" reverberated across the stadium. But two minutes into sudden death overtime, University of California cocaptain and tournament MVP Jake Anderson broke away from a pack of Kutztown players and surged toward the end zone, scoring the final try of his collegiate career in a 17-12 victory.
May 25, 2015 |
When David Smith turned toward the cage, the first thing he noticed was a defender bearing down on him. It was a fitting moment because it summed up the entire game: One team pushed, the other team pushed harder. And with that defender in the corner of his eye, Smith starting pushing. "I saw I had a step on him, and I just took off down the field. I was able to slide left toward the goal and get a quick shot off top-shelf," Smith said. "The first thing I thought when it went in was: It's about time.
May 17, 2015 |
After four seasons playing lacrosse on the bright green turf that Cherry Hill East calls home, Jesse Viggiano figured he had seen just about everything. But the final minutes of the final home game of his high school career were nothing if not unique. "I was fighting for my life, honestly," the senior goalie said. "I was standing in the cage - I almost threw up - my emotions were all over the place. "But I just decided I wasn't going to let this one get away from us. " Viggiano reeled in his emotions and made two game-saving stops in double overtime before freshman Eric Sherman's winner in triple overtime sealed a thrilling 9-8 win for the Cherry Hill East over Rancocas Valley on Friday in the opening round of the South Jersey Group 4 tournament.
May 11, 2015 |
There was a time when Alyssa Manley may have tentatively approached a loose ball, because she might have made a mistake after scooping it in her stick. The sophomore attacker might be a bonafide offensive weapon for Bishop Shanahan now, but freshman fears held her back at times last season. "Playing against people that are older than you is intimidating," Manley said. "But you just have to get it in your head that they're no better than you. We're all literally playing against people our own age. You just have to get that in your head, and once I did, I just stepped up. I think that's what was making me nervous and intimidating me. " However, not even the final seconds of a rain-soaked, cuticle-chewer against visiting Strath Haven could scare her. The sophomore gave Shanahan a 10-9 nonleague victory Saturday afternoon with a dramatic, game-winning goal with just 11.8 seconds left in regulation.
May 9, 2015 |
Strong senior leadership has a way of short-circuiting thoughts of dread and despair when things don't go as planned. In a nonleague lacrosse showdown Thursday at Conestoga, Zach Drake and Aidan Kerrigan made sure of that. The La Salle seniors helped the Explorers escape with a 10-9 come-from-behind victory, which earlier, had the look and feel of a heartbreaking collapse. That is until Kerrigan whipped in the game-winner after all else failed. "We drew it up on the sideline, and we had a couple plays going in," he said.
April 13, 2015 |
Coaches love these types of games early in a season. It gives them a look at their team under a microscope, a clear indication of just about every possible strength and weakness. When it was over, Moorestown boys' lacrosse coach Baron Wallenhurst talked about fixing turnover problems and playing with more focus. But there was no denying: "We play with a ton of heart," he said after his Quakers topped host Cherokee, 10-9, in triple overtime Saturday afternoon. "To be able to scrap back and get this win is big for us. " Moorestown trailed by two goals with 5 minutes, 46 seconds left in regulation before a three-goal spurt in 55 seconds helped send the game to overtime.
April 13, 2015 |
Corinne Zanolli's third goal Saturday meant more than just a hat trick. Her strike in the second overtime gave host Episcopal Academy a 6-5 nonleague win over Garnet Valley, the defending PIAA state lacrosse champions. Lily Crager (two goals) and Taylor Lucey also scored. Sydney Gagnon made seven saves for the Churchwomen. For the Jaguars, Kamryn McNeal and Madi O'Brien each scored twice, and Lauren Kinnee made 13 saves. Checking For Cancer. Julia Dambly paced Notre Dame with five goals and four ground balls as the Irish defeated Merion Mercy, 10-9, at Agnes Irwin to win the Rooney Cup. Lauren Brady had two goals and a ground ball, and Claire Nappi had a goal and six draw controls.