Mount St. Joseph Academy has the overall enrollment and the level of participation in athletics to sustain healthy rosters in four spring sports, but that’s not true of all of its colleagues in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies.
Hosting a league dual meet last Wednesday afternoon, the MSJ Magic saw Nazareth Academy arrive with fewer than a dozen athletes. The advent of lacrosse at the Northeast Philly school a decade ago has drained the Pandas’ track and field program, and the absence of on-campus facilities for the runners hasn’t helped either.
Mount St. Joe rolled to a 116-21 victory in Wednesday’s outing, achieving a 2-0 record in league meets that includes a win over Merion Mercy during the first week of April.
In the first of the relays, the 4 x 800 meters, the Magic’s only opposition came from within their own ranks. A quartet composed of senior Katie Gallagher, junior McKenna Kardish, and freshmen Adrienne Cellucci and Patricia Hoffman won in ten minutes, 37 seconds, and second in 11:39 were Hoffman’s twin sister Kathryn, junior Kerry Krouchick, freshman Ann Burgoyne, and junior Kerry Fitzpatrick.
Nine points in a game indicates decent offensive production on the part of a girls lacrosse team, but it’s a figure that loses significance when that team is giving up a couple dozen goals at the other end of the field. That was the plight of the Springside Lions in their Girls Inter-Ac home opener last Friday, when the local sticksters dropped a 24-9 decision to the visiting Academy of Notre Dame.
The Irish, who led 15-3 at halftime, came away with a 5-0 overall record that includes victories over two other Inter-Ac schools (Baldwin and Agnes Irwin) and a 15-11 win over Catholic Academies leader Merion Mercy.
CHA lacrosse hosts heralded Haverford stickmen
In its first lacrosse match against an Inter-Ac League opponent this season, Chestnut Hill Academy dove right in at the deep end and hosted nationally-ranked Haverford School last Thursday afternoon.
The Blue Devils scored first and then stayed with the Fords up to 2-2, but by halftime the visitors were ahead 9-4, and they continued on to a 16-4 victory.
Haverford took away an overall record of 9-2, with its losses coming at the hands of two of the top teams in Baltimore. Earlier in the week, the Main Line club had launched its 2010 Inter-Ac campaign by dispatching Germantown Academy, 13-3.
Chestnut Hill saw its overall record level off at 3-3. With the youngest lacrosse program in the Inter-Ac (the sport was instituted at CHA in 2005), the Blue Devils play a single round of league games, instead of the double-round format followed by the other five schools.