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April 29, 2019 — Lest we forget

As much as the Gains for Brains Showcase had in terms of national rankings and players who will be at the next level, there were a lot of good games on offer last weekend at the Katie Samson Invitational.

For me, the three chief games were intersectional, as Rosemont Agnes Irwin (Pa.) beat a game Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) side by a 19-15 score. Also, Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) beat Pottstown Owen J. Roberts (Pa.) 16-12, while Glen Mills Garnet Valley (Pa.) beat Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 13-9.

You won’t see these teams get near each other again, as the teams will play in separate state tournaments: the PAISAA and the PIAA.

The level of play in the PAISAA for girls’ lacrosse has been relatively stable the last couple of years, but we’re beginning to notice, with the spread of play towards the middle of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, that the public-school competition is getting much better overall.

Individually, of course, the better teams identify each other and seek each other out in competitions like the Samson Invitational, and I think it’s going to be great hotstove talk over the next decade as to who’s got the better team in the Keystone State.

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