The PA Express Girls lacrosse 2014 Orange team won 7 of 8 games in national Tournament play at the end of November going undefeated at the Mid--Atlantic Club Championships and winning all but one game (loss by one goal) at the Presidents Cup in Naples Florida. The "come back kids" outscored their opponents in the second half of the eight games 42-9.
Front Row (L-R) Breanna Gillespie (D'town West) Sara Laudermilch (WC Henderson) Courtney Mertz (Villa Maria) Devin Hassinger (OJ Roberts) Morgan McManus (D'town East) Ellen Weaver (WC East). Second Row (L-R) Katie O'Donnell (WC Henderson) Finley Sutton (Unionville) Nicole Barretta (D'town East) Jillian Zubilaga (Unionville) Charlotte Berg (Unionville) McKenna Coyle (Kennett) Rachel Hughes (Unionville) Caroline Ambrogi (D'Town East) Madison Dishman (Spring Ford). Missing from Photo: Megan Parsons (Villa Maria) Annie McCrory (D'town West) coaches: Jen O'Donnell, Maryanne Parsons and KJ Ryan
The 2016 Orange had about half of our players participate in the "The Girls Philly Lacrosse Showcase" on November 3rd, at the Westtown School. Three of the girls, Sydney Gagnon, Ryann Bauer, and Kerry Huzzard, were selected to play in the "Fab Forty" All Star games.
The 2014 Orange Pa Express team finished in third place at the National Club Championships in Maryland.
Thirteen of seventeen Express players scored goals and nine registered assists in that tournament where the Express outscored their opponents 57-28.
Over the summer the team beat club national powerhouses: Heroes of Baltimore, Long Island Liberty Lax Black, Connecticut All Stars, NEMS, Team Revolution,
Rebels and Long Island Yellow Jackets (Blue).
Back row (L-R): Coach Jen O'Donnell, Rachel Hughes (Unionville), Katie O'Donnell (Henderson), McKenna Coyle (Kennett), Charlotte Berg (Unionville),
Coach Kevin j. Ryan, Jillian Zublilaga (Unionville), Nicole Barretta (D'town E), Finley Sutton (Unionville,) Coach Maryanne Parsons
Front row (L-R): Madison Dishman (Spring Ford,) Sara Laudermilch (Henderson, Ellen Weaver (WC East), Megan Parsons (Villa Maria), Courtney Mertz (Villa Maria),
Morgan McManus (D'town E), Devin Hassinger (O J Roberts), Annie McCorry (D'town W), Breanna Gillespie (D'town W.) Not pictured Alexandra Archambault
(Episcopal) and Linnea Facenda (D'town E).
During his time at Villanova, Kevin Ryan
became a respected figure with the men's lacrosse program as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach. Ryan was a part of the program during its years as a club sport on campus and helped lay the foundation that propelled the team into a successful varsity program and a prominent team on the national lacrosse scene.
As a student-athlete for the Wildcats, Ryan played from 1968-71 and accumulated more goals, assists and points during his career than any of his contemporaries
. He made an immediate impact on the team with eight goals and 13 assists as a freshman and upon his graduation was admitted to the prestigious Villanova School of Law.
Ryan was named the head coach of the junior varsity lacrosse team in 1972 and was also the only assistant coach for the varsity squad. While balancing a full schedule in his first year of law school he also helped lead the Wildcats to a 12-3 record during the 1972 season. The head coach of that team, Avery Blake, retired following the 1972 season and Ryan was named as his successor.Ryan coached Villanova for the 1973 and 1974 seasons and led the Wildcats to a 20-8 record in those two seasons, with 10 victories each year. The members of those teams cited Ryan's grit, determination and leadership as the reasons for the Villanova program thriving under his guidance. Villanova consistently played against and registered decisive victories against some of the top collegiate lacrosse programs in the country while Ryan was head coach. Ryan was inducted into the Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Hall of Fame Awards Dinner was held at Villanova University's Connelly Center on Friday, March 2 and the honorees were also recognized at halftime of the basketball game against Cincinnati on Saturday, March 3 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Kelee O'Malley and Joanne Tabor's 2016 Orange team won 2nd place for the "Red" Division at the Club National Championship Tournament in Maryland.
Four PA Express players, Maddie Gebert, Cammi Luidens, Kenzie Staska and
Jordan Wood all played in the Brine All American National Team tournament, Middle School Division on June 30 through
July 3. Team PA took the Championship in OT against Long Island!! Way to go Express players!!
PA Express 2016 Orange took 2nd place at the Winter Tournament at USTC on Feb 20, 2012.
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"I would like to thank my parents and my brother for all of their support and help throughout this process.
I also want to thank my PA Express coaches for their help on and off the lacrosse field. "