By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 2/23/12
Garden City will face two-time Pennsylvania state power Conestoga at 11 a.m. as one of seven boys’ games in the fourth annual “Checking for Cancer” Invitational April 14 at The Haverford School, PA.
Garden City, the New York Class B runner-up last year (19-3), was ranked No. 5 in the final LaxPower National Coaches/Computer Rankings. The Trojans will meet a Pioneers team that went 25-1 last year, losing only to National champion Haverford School.
Conestoga was ranked among the top 5 in every national poll last year and fell only to No. 1 Haverford School.
The Trojans played in the inaugural “Checking for cancer” invite in 2009, bowing to St. Paul’s School (MD), 7-5. They also handled Yorktown (N.Y.), 14-3, in the 2010 tourney.
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 the 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
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