The magical season finally came to an end. The Fordham Prep Rams lost to St. Anthony’s in the CHSAA ‘AA’ Inter-sectional Semis. On par with how the weather has been this whole season, the teams met on another cold rainy afternoon at Gaelic Park. St. Anthony’s came into this game ranked #10 in the US by Laxpower; needless to say, the Rams were the underdog. Undeterred by the rankings, Fordham held off one of the best teams in the country for nearly half the game in what was a true celebration of a fantastic season. The program took another big step forward in 2018 with the City Championship and some big out of conference wins. The momentum only builds from here - wall ball season begins again tomorrow. Keep your eyes out for a full season recap coming in the next few weeks.
Kudos to Thomas Marra ‘18 (Irvington) who scored his 200th career point in the game. He ends his time at Fordham Prep with 201 points, which is third all-time in program history. Congratulations to Colin Malarchuk ‘16 and the Wesleyan University Cardinals who won the D3 National Championship yesterday with an 8 - 6 victory over Salisbury University.
Don’t forget to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Fordham Prep lacrosse alumni game and family BBQ on Saturday, June 9th. All alums, parents, players, and friends are encouraged to join. Alumni game starts at 3pm with the BBQ following at 4pm.
St. Anthony’s Recap: (L 11 - 3)
Despite the relative ranking and the weather, the Prep started out strong. St. Anthony’s won the opening faceoff and aggressively went on attack but had their first shot denied with a save from James Corasaniti ‘18 (Manhattan). On the Rams possession off that save, Jack Dougherty ‘18 (Manhattan) scored the first goal of the game taking an initial lead of 1 - 0 for Fordham.
St. Anthony’s answered shortly thereafter to tie it up. Despite the ever worsening weather, the Prep team didn’t waver and Thomas Marra ‘18 scored with a beautiful assist from Ryan Gilchrist ‘18 (Crestwood) to retake the lead. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied at 2 - 2. The Rams defense played strong in front of Corasaniti, who had 14 saves on the day, to keep it locked up deep into the second quarter. However, the depth of the St. Anthony’s bench finally took its toll as their fresh legs began getting space between the Rams defensive middies and defenders.
The Friars went into halftime with a 6 - 2 lead and never looked back. Thomas Marra ‘18 netted another goal midway through the fourth quarter but at that point, despite spirits remaining high, the Rams saw the game out of reach. Final score was an 11 - 3 victory for the Friars.
Stat Line: Marra ‘18 2G, Dougherty ‘18 1G, Gilchrist ‘18 1A, Corasaniti ‘18 14 saves