High School Lacrosse Insider for March 17

This week's edition of The Insider highlights some impressive achievements made by the Vero Beach (FL) girls' lacrosse team. Plus, get the latest details on the teams scheduled to play in this year's Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Tournament.

Vero Beach Girls Dominate Two State Champions to Stay Undefeated

The Vero Beach girls' lacrosse team won three more games last week to extend its winning streak to 46 games. Perhaps even more impressive was the way the Fighting Indians won over the weekend.

The five-time defending Florida state champs posted monster victories over 2010 Georgia state champion Milton, fellow Florida rival Lake Mary and defending Texas state champ St. John's to improve to 8-0 overall. The Fighting Indians, now 9-0 on the season and ranked No. 1 in the nation by LaxPower, combined for 60 goals in those games while only giving up a total of 9, good for an average of 20 goals scored per game and just three scored against. Virginia recruit Courtney Swan totaled 15 goals while teammate Lucy Sexton added 10.

"The state championship goes through Vero Beach again this year," said Lake Highland Prep coach Amy Demers, whose team fell to the Fighting Indians in 2010, 12-3. "Their circumstances haven't changed much. They are a strong team from top to bottom."

Through nine games this season, Vero Beach has scored a total of 182 goals, good for a staggering average of 20.2 scores per game. Kent Denver (CO) will get the next shot at beating the juggernaut program. The contest is scheduled for March 25 in Florida.

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Haverford to Host 16 Top Lacrosse Teams in Checking for Cancer Tournament

The schedule for this year's Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Tournament was recently finalized. The third annual event will be held on April 16 at Haverford School just outside of Philadelphia. A total of 12 varsity boys' lacrosse teams will compete in this year's tournament along with four girls' teams. Two defending state champion teams highlight the schedule as Darien (CT) and Conestoga (PA) are slated to participate once again.

The event will benefit research and education for colorectal, testicular and prostate cancer. Last year, the tournament donated nearly $25,000 to cancer programs. In 2011, tournament organizers are looking to surpass those numbers.

Checking for Cancer came together three years ago when Haverford coach John Nostrant and Georgetown Prep coach Kevin Giblin were both diagnosed with cancer within a few months of each other. The coaches are long-time friends and played lacrosse together at Washington College. Today, Nostrant is a prostate cancer survivor while Giblin is now in remission from his colon cancer.

The boys' field features some of the most formidable programs in the nation this season, including five teams from the Philadelphia region, four from Connecticut and two from New Jersey. Along with host school Haverford, defending Pennsylvania state champion Conestoga heads an exceptional field that features Georgetown Prep (MD), Delbarton (NJ), and La Salle (PA). Four Philadelphia-area girls' teams also round out the competition this year.

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