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Sals’ Mike Drake leads all-state selections from Catholic schools

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Salesianum senior attack Mike Drake, who scored two goals in the Sals’ championship-game win on June 3, has been named the 2017 state boys lacrosse player of the year. Drake will continue his athletic career at the University of Notre Dame.

He is one of six players from Catholic schools who earned first-team honors. The selections were announced June 5 by the state lacrosse coaches association. Read more »

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Drake’s hat trick not enough as Sals fall to Canadian lacrosse power

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WILMINGTON – Senior Mike Drake scored a hat trick for Delaware’s top-ranked lacrosse tea, but Salesianum lost to Hill Academy of Canada, 11-6, on March 30 at Baynard Stadium. Hill (8-0) is ranked as the top team in one poll, and it showed early as they outscored the Sals, 6-0, in the opening quarter.

Salesianum defender James Blaszkow grabs the ball ahead of two Hill players. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

Salesianum defender James Blaszkow grabs the ball ahead of two Hill players. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

Michael McCannell scored the first goal of the game for Hill less then two minutes in. Keegan Khan and Josh Zawada added goals, and MCCannell tallied another for a 4-0 lead. Zawada and Khan both notched their second for the 6-0 lead.

The Sals found their footing in the second quarter as Patrick Drake scored on a man-up situation from a great feed from his brother. Brett Hobbs scored and then Mike Drake found the net on two straight, the second one on a laser shot that went in the top corner.

Tyler Stinson scored a goal in transition in the last minute of the half to give the visitors a 7-4 lead. The goalies stole the show in the second half; Salesianum’s Brady Emmi made eight great second-half saves. Drake scored his hat trick goal as he was taken down, but they trailed, 9-5, entering the fourth quarter. Zawada added two goals in the final stanza to leave Delaware with the win for the second straight season.

The Sals (1-1) face another challenge on Saturday as they host Easton Area (Pa.) at 11 a.m. at Baynard.

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

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Defense, ground game carry Sals in shutout of Caesar Rodney

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum used a great defense and a solid rushing attack on offense to defeat the young Caesar Rodney football team, 24-0, on Sept. 16 at Baynard Stadium. It took the Sals, ranked third in the state, a while to get going, but they handled the Riders.

Sallies’ Michael DiNardo returned the opening kickoff 58 yards to give his team the ball at the CR 20, but they turned the ball over on downs. The Sals finally got the offense rolling on their third possession. Nicholas Merlino had some key plays during the drive, and quarterback Zach Gwynn contributed an 18-yard run. Merlino finished things off with a 3-yard run to make it 7-0 with 1:09 left in the first quarter. Read more »

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Salesianum holds off Father Judge in football opener

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum hosted Father Judge of Philadelphia on a muggy evening on Sept. 9, and the Sals held on for an impressive 16-13 win.

It was Salesianum’s first game of the season, while Judge came in 2-0 and had put up a lot of points. The Sals’ defense was stout throughout the first half, holding the Crusaders to only three first downs. Salesianum’s offense, however, could not capitalize, turning the ball over on downs three times. Finally, the home team took advantage of good field position, with quarterback Zach Gwynn finding senior wide receiver Mike Drake for the 7-0 lead. Read more »

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To regain football title, Salesianum turns to new faces at skill positions

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WILMINGTON — A year ago, Salesianum coach Bill DiNardo had experienced skill players returning on offense but an untested offensive line. This year, it is the opposite, as the line returns intact, but the Sals are replacing their quarterback, running backs and wide receivers from a team that advanced to the state championship game.

“Our skill is new. Our skill is untested,” DiNardo said. “I think they’re very talented, and I think they’re going to be very good, but we haven’t seen them under fire yet – yet. But this is typically where you are at this time of year.”

The veteran coach has had to replace a lot of talent in his long career on the sidelines.

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