Archives for April 2012

High school lacrosse: La Salle (PA) hosts DeMatha (DC) today in Fallen Heroes Lacrosse Game; Adrenaline is sponsor

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/21/12

The second annual Fallen Heroes Lacrosse Game to honor Travis Manion and Brendan Looney will be held today at 2 p.m. when La Salle College High School (Pa.) hosts DeMatha Catholic High School (D.C.).

Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, (left) with best friend LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, US

The game was created to remember 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, a 1999 La Salle alum, standout lacrosse player and wrestler, who was killed by a sniper while serving in Iraq on April 29, 2007.

Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, (left) with best friend LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, US

Manion’s best friend, LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, a DeMatha grad, was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sept. 25, 2010. Looney and Manion, roommates at the US Naval Academy, were laid to rest side-by-side at Arlington National Cemetery.

Manion starred for La Salle but did not play lacrosse at Navy; instead he excelled as a wrestler. Looney picked up lacrosse while at Navy and became a key midfielder for a team that went to the NCAA semifinals.

The event is being run by the Travis Manion Foundation and is sponsored for the second year by Adrenaline.

Adrenaline will provide custom apparel and present a player on each team with the Manion-Looney Adrenaline Heart Award and outfit them in head-to-toe Adrenaline apparel. The players chosen will have exemplified the spirit and teamwork demonstrated so foten by Manion and Looney on and off the playing fields.

La Salle – which won last year’s game, 9-4, at Navy – is 6-3. DeMatha is 6-6.

Donations to Foundation

All contributions for the event and the foundation are greatly appreciated. Please forward and questions or concerns through the Foundation office (information listed below).

Travis Manion Foundation
PO Box 1485 Doylestown, PA 18901
teamtravis@travismanion.com
215-348-9080 Phone
215-348-9980 Fax

The Travis Manion Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Organization

West Chester (Pa.) high school boys’ teams square off in memorial game to honor youth coach that passed away last summer

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/17/12

The inaugural “Drew Bauer City Championship Memorial Game” will be held Tuesday night (7:00) in Pennsylvania when West Chester East hosts West Chester Henderson in a Ches-Mont League boys’ lacrosse game.

West Chester East (left) and West Chester Henderson (right) will square off to honor a fallen hero

Drew Bauer died last summer in a boating accident in the Sassafras River on the Chesapeake in Maryland. Drew played at East and was a popular and beloved coach for many years in the West Chester Youth and Keystone Games as well as a player on men’s teams in the county.

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East coach Jim Schorn, a close friend to Drew and his family, created the memorial event to recognize Drew’s many contributions to the sport and to youth lacrosse with West Chester’s strongest rivalry (Drew played at East and his brother, Nate, was an East graduate while his brother, Sam, graduated from Henderson). Schorn’s club team, “Man Up,” also donated a Cascade Pro7 helmet that shows East’s colors on one side and Henderson’s on the other to honor the game and the rivalry. Henderson grads and supporters Ryan Cranston and Sean Evans – both of whom were coached by Bauer in post-collegiate leagues – donated time to develop the helmet.

Henderson

There will be a trophy passed back and forth to the winner of the game every year to display in their trophy case. Also, a player who best exemplifies Drew’s commitment to the sport will be recognized after the game as the Bauer Blue Collar recipient and given a piece of gear donated by Lacrosse International.

Drew began coaching youth lacrosse when he was a sophomore at West Chester East High School and continued coaching after attending college at St. Joseph’s University. He coached several years for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Penn Stars youth team and had been coaching in the West Chester Lacrosse Association since 1998.

Drew, the son of WCLA President Mike Bauer, also coached for many years with the Chester County U-15 team at the Keystone Games as the defensive coordinator. He was to serve as an assistant for the team that competes last summer in the annual event at State College. Drew, along with Schorn, coached Chester County to the gold medal at the Keystone Games in 2010.

West Chester East

“Drew was a great young man who gave for no purpose but to give and help the young men of our community,” Schorn said. “His dad is the head of West Chester youth and a huge reason why West Chester has youth lacrosse.

“Drew and his family have sacrificed a lot over the last 20 years for lacrosse in Chester County This family has been doing this for years and supporting them tomorrow night would be a great thing.”

Gear Check: See the duds for Saturday’s Nike ‘Checking for Cancer’ tourney at Haverford School (Pa.)

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/13/12

Haverford School (Pa.) is hosting the 4th annual Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Invitational (sponsored by Nike) Saturday, when many of the top boys’ lacrosse teams will compete for on a stage that also can help save lives.

Aside from great competition, the primary purpose and motivation behind the formation of CFC is to promote awareness of Prostate, Colorectal and Testicular Cancers.

Nike 'Checking for Cancer' custom uniforms, socks, shooting shirt, laces and decal and Haverford School helmet

Haverford School coach John Nostrant, a prostate cancer survivor, and close friend Kevin Giblin, the coach at Georgetown Prep, created the tourney to raise awareness for early detection of the three men’s cancers and all cancer.

T-Shirt

On the business side, CFC has raised over $80,000 in just three years, with all event profits earmarked for cancer research and for those organizations in need of special support. Last year’s total contribution of $42,000 was donated to the University of Pennsylvania – Livestrong Center of Excellence and West Philadelphia Outreach Program, the Kimmel Cancer Center, Cuddle My Kids and Great Guys Group.

For more information, please visit the Checking for Cancer website at www.checkingforcancer.org.

The Checking for Cancer committee has focused on a uniform (jerseys and matching shorts) based on the Carolina Blue colors signifying men’s cancers. Haverford wore the Carolina Blue jersey in the inaugural event three years ago and wears the uniforms every year to honor the event and coach Nostrant and many others who have fought these diseases.

Other gear showcased today includes custom game jerseys and shorts, custom shooting shirts, custom socks,  custom t-shirts, as well as the laces and helmet decals.

Checking for cancer laces, decals, bracelets

The event features seven teams ranked in the Top 25 by MaxPreps, including No. 1 Conestoga (Pa.) vs. No. 6 Garden City (N.Y.) and No. 4 Haverford School vs. No. 12 Lawrenceville School (N.J.).

More on the event can be learned by listening to the podcast of Nostrant on the “Lax High” national radio show taped last week on the Lacrosse Radio Network. The show was hosted by Chris Goldberg, owner of Lacrosse Media and editor of Phillylacrosse.com. Lax High can be accessed through the Internet by clicking here..

The schedule:
(Rankings are by MaxPreps)

Boys
9 a.m.: No. 21 La Salle (Pa.) vs St. Augustine Prep (N.J.), Sabol Field
11 a.m.: No. 22 Episcopal Academy (Pa.) vs Radnor (Pa.) – Class of ’75 Field
11 a.m.: No. 1 Conestoga (Pa.) vs No. 6 Garden City (N.Y.) – Sabol Field
1 p.m.: No. 4 Haverford School (Pa.) vs No. 12 Lawrenceville School (N.J.) – Sabol Field
1 p.m.: Wilton (Conn.) vs Penn Charter (Pa.) – Class of ’75 Field
3 p.m.: Salesianum School (Del.) vs Chatham (N.J.) – Class of ’75 Field
3 p.m.: No. 18 Georgetown Prep (Md.) vs Delbarton (N.J.) – Sabol Field

Girls

11:00 AM Merion Mercy (PA) vs Downingtown East (PA) – Grass Field
1:00 PM Agnes Irwin (PA) vs Germantown Friends (PA) – Grass Field

Boys JV

3:00 PM Haverford School (PA) vs Conestoga (PA) – Memorial Field