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Mount lacrosse loses semifinal in overtime

Sudden-death overtime goals strike the losing team like a dagger in the heart, and this one was no different. Visiting Mount St. Joseph Academy never trailed during regulation play during last Monday’s Athletic Association of Catholic Academies lacrosse semifinal, but with the fifth tie of the afternoon, host Villa Maria was able to force the match into overtime.

Hurricanes junior Elise Bendinelli circled out around the crease to score 64 seconds into the first overtime period, clinching a 14-13 victory. Villa would look forward to a clash in the finals with Merion Mercy Academy, while the Mount Magic would wait for the outcome of the playoff seeding meeting for PIAA District 1.

Merion, the unbeaten top seed in the league, defeated number four Sacred Heart, 16-8, in the other AACA semifinal. Villa came into the playoffs as the second seed with a league record of 9-3, while Mount St. Joe was the third seed, at 8-4. The Magic lost twice to Merion and Villa in the regular season, but the second game against the ‘Canes had come down to the final seconds.

Mount wins gold medal sweepstakes at Stotesbury

At the Stotesbury Cup Regatta last weekend the rowing royalty was wearing purple. The Mount St. Joseph Academy Magic had plenty of opportunity to display their school colors as they paraded past the awards dock to collect four gold medals.

Racing in some of the most hotly-contested categories, Mount St. Joe finished first in the lightweight eight, junior eight, second eight, and senior eight (see separate article), winning the most gold medals of any school at the annual extravaganza, which is the oldest and largest high school rowing event in the world. Previously, the Mount’s most successful outing at Stotesbury was in 2006, when the Magic won three gold medals and one bronze.

Six Stotesbury finalists, two medalists for CHASS crew

Of the 13 boats entered by the Chestnut Hill Academy and Springside School crews at last weekend’s Stotesbury Cup Regatta, 10 advanced out of the qualifying round on Friday and half-a-dozen went all the way through to the finals.

The highlights of the finals on Saturday afternoon were silver-medal performances by two Springside entries, the lightweight double and the senior quad. No other Girls Inter-Ac League school claimed more than one medal at the regatta.


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