By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.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.”
Garden City 4, Bronxville 2
Senior goalie Dan Dolan (UMass) had seven saves and was named MVP and freshman JP Basile had the game-winner late in the third period and also the insurance goal to lift the Trojans (6-1).
The Broncos (3-3) took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, but Garden City’s defense of Matt Borges, Cullen Minion, Tom Wright and Brian Colamussi as well as defensive middie Tim McDonagh shut the door.
“The event is awesome,” said Dolan, whose team went to Checking for Cancer two years ago and knocked off No. 1 Conestoga. “Coach (Steve Finnell) said that cancer affects everyone so we all played for someone.
“We had to settle down; we were antsy and nervous, but we started playing defense and talking. We came together well; the ‘D’ did an awesome job and made it easy for me.
Bronxville sophomore goalie Andrew Harwood (12 saves) was named his team’s MVP.
“Teams were playing some of the best squads in the country,” said Harwood. “It was neat to see kids from California coming out. It was tough to get the loss, but it was a great experience.”
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
Garden City (NY) 4, Bronxville (NY) 2
Garden City 0-1-2-1- 4
J.P. Basile 2g
James Sullivan 1g
Luke McDaid 1g
Kieran Byrnes 1a
Tim McDonagh 1a
Dan Dolan 7 saves
Henry Grass 1g
Will Duncan 1g
Andrew Harwood 12 saves
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