1987 MNHS Girls Lax Champs To Reunite At Game

The 1987 Marple Newtown High School girls lacrosse championship team will celebrate their 25th anniversary this Saturday, April 28, on the field at the girls lacrosse home game against Avon Grove.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–This Saturday at 10 a.m., members of the 1987 girls lacrosse team from will celebrate their 25th
anniversary of winning the Pennsylvania State Championships on their home field.

To commemorate the occasion, the players and the team's coach, JoAnn Yusko, will present a custom team bench and plaque to current girls lacrosse coach Carolyn Firkser during the high school’s home game against Avon Grove.

The 1987 Marple Newtown girls lacrosse team went undefeated in 1987 and beat Radnor High School in the state championship game.

Of the starting 12 players from that winning team, 10 players went on to play Division 1 lacrosse in college. In addition, many of the players from the 1987 team work in the sports industry and/or coached lacrosse following college.

The team credits Yusko for instilling an avid focus on teamwork, perfecting stick stills and the motivation to work hard in every practice as if it were a

Yusko coached lacrosse at Marple Newtown High school from 1981-1993 and had a record there of 315 wins and 16 loses. Currently, Yusko is a co-director of the Phantastix, one of the top girls lacrosse club teams in the nation.

Where are they now? View the table below to see where some of the 1987 Marple Newtown players moved on to play for or work for.

Player Post MNHS Beth Carbo Cugini Drexel University Captain (1990-1992)
All American Honorable Mention (1991)
Drexel Head Coach (1996-2002)
Lacrosse Official
Immaculata Head Coach (2009) Monica DiCandilo
Yeakel Loyola University
NCAA All-American
Final Four 1990
Head Coach UMBC (1997-2005)
Asst. Coach Loyola (Current) Carey Videon Garvey Lafayette College
Club Coach (Current) Cynthia Mathes Howard University of Virginia
Captain (1990-1991)
NCAA All-American
National Championship (1991) Tracey Kinsley Drexel University/West Chester University
Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School Coach
Downingtown Middle School Coach
Lacrosse Official Susan Trimble Mueller

Rutgers University
Lacrosse Official (Current)
Coach of Avon Grove (Current)

Mary Kay Orcutt
Puchalla Loyola University
Final Four (1990) Laurie Raezer University of Vermont Amy Reese Temple University
Captain, MVP (1990)
National Championships (1988) Boo Mathes Shanks University of Virginia
National Championships (1991, 1993)
NCAA Tournament, MVP (1993)
Susan Cook Shine Loyola University
Final Four (1990) Meghan Mulqueen
Taylor Delaware University
Captain (1990)
NCAA All-American
Former Coach UCSB, Lovett School, Bishop England, Ashley Hall
Club Coach (Current)
Joanne Summy Delaware University Sandy Taylor Penn State University Kelly McGuigan Ulmer Loyola University
Captain (1991-1992)
NCAA All-American
Final Four (1990)
Former MNHS Assistant Lacrosse Coach
Club Coach (Current)
Karen Boyd Victoria Virginia Tech Tara Lauria Wark University of Virginia
National Championships (1991)
Former MNHS Assistant Lacrosse Coach Jamie Shulman
Weingartner Delaware University JoAnn Yusko (Coach)

West Chester University
MNHS 9th grade team; Record: 24-0 (1979-1980)
MNHS Varsity Coach; Overall Record: 315-16-1 (1981-1993)

Current Director of the Phantastix (top travel league for girls in nation)

Marple Newtown Hall of Fame Inductee (1988)

Anthony Leone April 26, 2012 at 08:34 PM
And for those thinking about Memory Lane, here is the top song in 1987: "Faith" by George Michael.
Jefferson Tactics April 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Dayum Gina! That is a list of heavy hitting lax powerhouses! You go girlz!


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