Memorable Day for Lacrosse
Friday came close, one could say, to being the most special day in Penn Charter's boys lacrosse history.
At 3:30, a ceremony was held to unveil a touchstone honoring the memory of Peter Ortale OPC '83, who died in 9/11. In his 37 years, Peter impressed everyone who knew him during his school, lacrosse and work careers.
The Quakers then hosted Haverford School, often a national power, before 200-plus energetic spectators, almost all of whom had attended the ceremony. The PC team and fans hoped to earn two wins in one Inter-Ac League season against the Fords for just the third time since 1983 (and first time since 2003).
Alas, HS triumphed, 14-10.
Soph Nick DiCicco paced PC with four goals. Late in the second quarter, he capped a four-goal run – others by seniors Mac Wilson and Luke Stansfield, and junior Ryan Dickson – that drew the Quakers within 7-6.
With 5:27 left in the third quarter, after scooping up the ball near PC's goal and roaring end to end without being phased by any attempts to deter him, DiCicco fired home the tying goal.
HS answered with a goal of its own just 11 seconds later and maintained control from there.
Numerous Ortale family members – current PC coach Pat McDonough is Peter's cousin, senior player Alex Malitas is his nephew – and former PC coach Joe Perrott were part of the ceremony. The family is pictured above. Speeches were made by Head of School Darryl J. Ford, head of school, Athletics Director John Thiel and Peter's sister, Cathy Grimes.
As the ceremony wound down, and before warmups began, all members of both teams, among others, respectfully made contact with the touchstone.
Girls lacrosse also played a home game Friday and fell to Notre Dame, 12-4.
There was one big highlight for PC. Senior Courtney Cubbin scored career goal No. 100.
She and classmate Macaul Mellor are now in that special club together.
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