By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 4/13/14
HAVERFORD, Pa. – It was a special day for Salisbury School’s Justin Guterding Saturday at the Checking for Cancer Invitational at Haverford School.
A post-graduate attackman headed to defending national champion Duke, Guterding had six goals and two assists and was named the Crimson Knights MVP in leading his squad to a 13-8 victory over Penn Charter.
Guterding was playing in front of a large crowd that included his old friends from Garden City – which was gearing to play vs. Bronxville. Guterding led Garden City to consecutive New York Class B state titles in 2012 and 2013.
But more important to Guterding was the cause of the event. In the six years of the Checking for Cancer event, more than $200,000 has been raised to fight men’s cancers (testicular, colorectal, prostate) and awareness of early detection has been the focus.
“It’s an awesome feeling; we all know it’s a good cause and we all played for someone (affected by cancer),” said Guterding. “That really paid off. We were motivated.”
Penn Charter (2-9), led by Pierce Kraft (three goals) and game MVP Luke Stansfield (two goals), seized a 3-1 lead and remained tied with the Crimson Knights (3-2), 5-5, at halftime. Sophomore goalie Sean McKee (16 saves) also was strong for the Quakers.
But Salisbury – whose only losses are to powers Navala Academy Prep and Hill Academy (Ontario) – dominated the third period with a 6-2 surge.
“First of all, we’re honored and thankful to be back to this event,” said Salisbury coach Bobby Wynne, whose team fell to Haverford School in last year’s C4C. “We cherish this event.
“I have told the kids that it’s a great opportunity and it’s more than just the game. So many people are touched by cancer and each player played for someone. It helped us go beyond the game.”
Salisbury School (CT) 13, Penn Charter 8
Salisbury School 1-4-6-2- 13
Penn Charter 3-2-2-1 – 8
Justin Guterding 6g, 2a
Hilleary Hoskinson 1g, 2a
Michael Henesey 1g, 1a
Matthew Gaudet 1g, 1a
Colin Giblin 1g, 2a
Connor O’Hara 2g
Jake Levine 1a
Jared Mintzlaff 1g
Ambrose Givens 7 saves
Pierce Kraft 3 goals
Luke Stansfield. 2 goals
Drew Murray 1 goal
Dean Roseman 1 goal 1 assist
Cody Sweeney 1 goal. 1 assist
Sean McKee 16 saves