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Springside stick stars destined for DC

Springside School juniors Courtney Caputo and Nicole Lombardo will not be playing lacrosse together in college, but they will not be playing very far apart, either.

Both stick standouts for the Lions recently made verbal commitments to play Division I lacrosse in Washington, DC, Caputo at Georgetown University, and Lombardo at American University.

“It was exciting to see them develop so quickly and attract attention from Division I schools,” remarked Springside coach Liz Harris, herself a former head coach at Lehigh University. “It’s impressive, because neither of them played lacrosse until the eighth grade.”

Both universities already had connections to the Springside lacrosse program. Caputo is actually the fifth Lions player this decade to commit to Georgetown, following midfielder Jessica Marabella (Class of 2000), goalkeeper Maggie Koch (’03), and attackers Zan Morley (’04) and Bunny O’Reilly (’05).

New CHC Athletic Director set to start July 1

Lynn Tubman

Back when Spring Garden College was a going concern in Chestnut Hill, its athletic teams competed in a small-school league called the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. The women’s basketball team at Spring Garden ruled the EPAC until they were dethroned by an Allentown College squad led by a forward from Norristown named Lynn Butler.

Now Butler, who has become Lynn Tubman, is returning to this area not as a visiting player, but as the new Director of Athletics at Chestnut Hill College. For the past five years, she has been the Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Philadelphia University. There, she worked with longtime athletic director and women’s basketball coach Tom Shirley, who was also Tubman’s coach when she played at Allentown College (now DeSales University).

Just two years after graduating from Allentown in 1987, Tubman became the Assistant Athletic Director at Penn State’s Mont Alto campus in south central Pennsylvania, and later served as Director of Athletics at LaRoche College near Pittsburgh. After that she spent several years at Drexel University in the role of Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator.

CHA brings DelGrande in as new AD

Chestnut Hill Academy announced today that, after a tough and highly competitive internal and external search, it has selected Michael J. DelGrande, director of boys’ athletics at Bullis School in Potomac, Md., to be the school’s next athletic director. DelGrande will replace CHA alum Mark Burke who will be moving to Switzerland with his family after serving as CHA’s AD for the last five years.