Every year, there’s one date that you must circle on your lacrosse calendars: It’s the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival.
That’ll be taking place this Saturday at Radnor High School, with six fields featuring the area’s best lacrosse teams from dawn till dusk. In addition to supporting a phenomenal cause, the 15th annual event also provides a chance to see some of the area’s best boys and girls lacrosse squads tangle in matchups that might otherwise not happen. For observers of the sports, it’s an opportunity to make cross-league connections and really measure some of the outstanding teams in the area.
The festival has also expanded to provide a great atmosphere not just for lacrosse but to spend the day, featuring food vendors, activities and plenty of things to do besides watch the revolving door of elite lacrosse. And it’s worth a second reminder that it’s all for a great cause.
The full schedule of games can be found here, and the list of all those involving Delco teams is below. Let’s highlight a few pairings that jump off the page:
– Episcopal Academy-Hun School (11 a.m., Creek Field) and Haverford School-Lawrenceville School (11 a.m., Prevost): Both teams will battle Friday afternoon and face a quick turnaround against top-notch private school squads. It’s a great chance to see what they can muster against non-Inter-Ac schools.
– Garnet Valley-Agnes Irwin girls (10:45 a.m., Enke): Two of the best teams in Delco (though Radnor and Episcopal Academy would certainly have something to say about that) will clash, a rare opportunity to measure the Central League against the Inter-Ac.
– Garnet Valley-St. Joseph’s Prep boys (3 p.m., Prevost): The Hawklets aren’t as strong as they’ve been in past years, but they’re coming off a tight loss to La Salle for Catholic League supremacy, while Garnet Valley’s loss to Lower Merion Thursday means it has relinquished control of the Central League title race. With Radnor having beaten La Salle earlier this season, it’s another chance for both leagues to play for interconference pride.
– Radnor-Great Valley girls (2:15 p.m., Enke): Both teams enter with 10-1 records. This could conceivably be a District One finals preview.
– Conestoga-Episcopal Academy girls (12:30 p.m., Enke): Conestoga, fresh off beating Radnor Thursday, is the lone remaining unbeaten in the Central League. EA has just one league blemish on its record (Notre Dame by one goal) and has beaten Agnes Irwin and Garnet Valley by one goal apiece. Last year, EA played a classic 6-5 game with Harriton at Katie Samson.
The full list of Delco games (info on field locations can be found online):
Haverford vs. Penn Charter, 9 a.m., Rowland
Garnet Valley vs. Agnes Irwin, 10:45 a.m., Enke
Abington vs. Strath Haven, 10:45 a.m., Rowland
Conestoga vs. Episcopal Academy, 12:30 p.m., Enke
Upper Dublin vs. Notre Dame, 12:30 p.m., Library
Downingtown West vs. Springfield, 12:30 p.m., Rowland
Radnor vs. Great Valley, 2:15 p.m., Enke
Archbishop Carroll vs. Merion Mercy, 2:15 p.m., Library
Archbishop Carroll vs. Shipley, 9 a.m., Creek
Spring-Ford vs. Strath Haven, 9 a.m., Loop
Episcopal Academy vs. Hun School, 11 a.m., Creek
Haverford School vs. Lawrenceville School, 11 a.m., Prevost
Cardinal O’Hara vs. Great Valley, 3 p.m., Loop
Garnet Valley vs. St. Joseph’s Prep, 3 p.m., Prevost
Radnor vs. Hill Academy, 4 p.m., Enke