TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 4/10/16
Senior midfielder Nick McEvoy scored five goals Saturday to lead Gonzaga (D.C.) to a 14-8 victory over host Haverford School (PA) in a marquee matchup at the 8th annual Checking for cancer Invitational.
The event was slated to have 12 varsity games with teams from five states and D.C. at three sites, including Shipley School and Agnes Irwin. The event was halted, though, after only seven games were played due to a rare April snowstorm made playing fields unplayable.
Gonzaga, No. 9 in the C2C North America Rankings, took a 7-1 halftime lead and saw the Fords (5-3) get within 11-7 with over 6 minutes to play. But Avery Myers (three goals) made it 12-7 and later Brian Townsend made it 13-8. Jack Meyers added a pair of goals and George Christopher made 10 saves.
“The win was huge for the Gonzaga program,” said mcEvoy, signed with Penn State. “There were big expectations for us this year and with two losses to powerhouse teams like McDonogh and Boys’ Latin, we felt we really needed this one to prove to ourselves that we can play with the traditional power teams.”
This charity tournament benefits programs targeted to community support, research, education and awareness of prostate, colorectal and testicular cancers.
“A Gonzaga friend’s mother passed away a few years ago to breast cancer,” said McEvoy. “She was very courageous in her battle. Her death was very tough on her family and her large group of friends.
“The Gonzaga lacrosse team knows all about how cancer can hit people of all ages. Coach (Casey) O’Neil and the team have been big supporters of The Children’s National Medical Center here in DC with fund raisers like Be Brave and Shave – Heroes against Childhood Cancer. Coach O’Neil also takes all the seniors on the team to visit the kids at Children’s National for a day at the end of the season.”
What went well today in the game?
“We knew going in to today’s game that we needed to control possessions and I felt we were able to do that,” McEvoy said. “Keeping the ball away from Haverford’s offense with guys that can rip it like Dox (Aitken, five goals) and Forry (Smith) is important. Even with a lead at the half, we knew that Coach (John) Nostrant would shake things up for the second half and we needed to be ready. They came out hard with a pressed out D but we did not panic and pulled out the W. It was a great team win.”
Did the weather affect you in any way? How did you adjust?
“I love playing in the muck and getting dirty but the weather today was tough on everyone,” said McEvoy. “By the end of the game I was so wet and cold I couldn’t fell my toes.
“Because of the snow on the field, we had to cut slower to avoid slipping and picking up groundballs was rough. The snowflakes were so big it was hard to see the ball, especially on long passes and clears. I don’t know how the goalies saw the shots. George Christopher stepped up big time in the pipes for us today.
Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ) 9, Garden City (NY) 6
Ethan Christensen scored three goals to lead No. 20 Bridgewater-Raritan in the day’s final game before snow halted action.
Checking for Cancer
Games at The Haverford School (Boys)
10 a.m. – Radnor (PA) vs. Owen J. Roberts (PA), cancelled
noon – Gonzaga (DC) 14, The Haverford School (PA) 8
noon – Salesianum School (DE) 13, William Penn Charter (PA) 5
2 p.m. – Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ) 9, Garden City (NY) 6
2 p.m. – The Haverford School (JV) vs. La Salle, cancelled
Games at The Shipley School (Boys & Girls)
11 a.m. – Girls – Boyertown (PA) 18, Germantown Friends (PA) 5
1 p.m. – Girls – Baldwin School (PA) vs. Central Bucks South (PA), cancelled
3 p.m. – Boys – The Shipley School (PA) vs. Cardinal O’Hara (PA), cancelled
3 p.m. – Girls – The Shipley School (PA) vs. Bayard Rustin (PA), cancelled
Games at The Agnes Irwin School (Girls)
8:30AM Academy of Notre Dame (PA) 12, Merion Mercy (PA) 11
10:30AM Good Counsel (MD) 12, The Agnes Irwin School (PA) 5
12:30 Harriton (PA) 15, Oakdale (MD) 10
2:30 Conestoga (PA) vs. Vestal (NY), cancelled