Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/19/12
The Haverford School will be hosting the 4th Annual “Checking for Cancer” Lacrosse Invitational on Saturday, April 14th. The day will feature a full slate of high school varsity boys and girls games with numerous nationally ranked boys’ teams in the mix.
Aside from great competition, the primary purpose and motivation behind the formation of CFC is to promote awareness of Prostate, Colorectal and Testicular Cancers. Haverford School Head Coach John Nostrant, a prostate cancer survivor, remarks, “We have a unique opportunity here. The tournament provides us a great venue to bring people to our campus to watch great games, and hopefully while they are here, they will spend a little time at the information tents to learn how to protect themselves. Any family who has been affected by cancer will tell you, early detection is critical.”
Nostrant is joined in spirit with his dear friend and Washington College lacrosse teammate, Georgetown Prep Head Coach Kevin Giblin, himself a colon cancer survivor. Over the course of time, both coaches have exhibited the strength and character to successfully conquer the cancer battlefield. In doing so, CFC honors Nostrant, Giblin and the many men and families who have faced their ultimate struggle against cancer.
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 our website at www.checkingforcancer.org
The schedule of games, all at the Haverford School:
9:00 AM La Salle (PA) vs St. Augustine Prep (NJ), Sabol Field
11:00 AM Episcopal Academy (PA) vs Radnor (PA) – Class of ’75 Field
11:00 AM Conestoga (PA) vs Garden City (N.Y.) – Sabol Field
1:00 PM Haverford School (PA) vs Lawrenceville School (N.J.) – Sabol Field
1:00 PM Wilton (CT) vs Penn Charter (PA) – Class of ’75 Field
3:00 PM Salesianum School (DE) vs Chatham (N.J.) – Class of ’75 Field
3:00 PM Georgetown Prep (MD) vs Delbarton (N.J.) – Sabol Field
11:00 AM Merion Mercy (PA) vs Downingtown East (PA) – Grass Field
1:00 PM Agnes Irwin (PA) vs Germantown Friends (PA) – Grass Field
3:00 PM Haverford School (PA) vs Conestoga (PA) – Memorial Field
Haverford School, the Inter-Ac League and Inter-Ac Invitational champions in 2011, finished as the No. 1 team in the country in every national poll. Conestoga, the two-time Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association champion, was ranked among the top 5 in every national poll. Georgetown Prep (No. 10) and Garden City (No. 11) were ranked in the final Under Armour/Inside lacrosse poll and Wilton was No. 30 in the final ESPNHS rankings.
Meanwhile, La Salle was the PA state champion in 2008 and 2009 and Salesianum was the Delaware state champion in 2009 and 2011. Lawrenceville and St. Augustine and two of the top new Jersey prep powers and Chatham and Delbarton are regular contenders for state honors. Meanwhile, Penn Charter and Episcopal Academy are members of the powerful Inter-Ac League and Radnor is a perennial Central League contender.
On the girls’ side, Downingtown East was the Pennsylvania state runner-up and recorded the second most wins (25) of any team in the country last year. Merion Mercy has won three straight Catholic Academies championships.