29 May 2011
28 May 2011
“It is right, and a good and joyful thing always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” Familiar words from the Eucharistic Prayer, the Great Thanksgiving. It is, indeed, always good to give thanks; it is good to give thanks always. And we who are blessed in so many ways have much to be thankful for.
I heard Elie Wiesel speak once in a synagogue near Chicago. I remember him saying that gratitude is the most human sentiment. He didn’t elaborate, but his words stuck with me. Gratitude is the most human sentiment. I think what he meant was that when we are in a state of gratitude, we are most fully alive in our humanity. That such fullness of life and humanity is possible for us is yet more cause for thanksgiving. We might pause to give thanks for the gift of gratitude itself, that we are capable of a sentiment so right and good and true. Give thanks that we have the capacity to be thankful!
Now, all things right, good and true have their origins in the heart of God. If gratitude is the fullness of our humanity, and if we are made in the image and likeness of God, gratitude itself must have its origins in the heart of God. Just as our love has its source in the being of God, so must our gratitude. Our feeble thanksgiving must be but a pale reflection of something infinitely richer and more powerful in the being of God.
From a Sermon by Br. Mark Brown of the St. John the Evangelist Society
27 May 2011
U.Va. lax star Stanwick excelling in the family business
Published: May 27, 2011
"For a lot of different reasons, as you can imagine, this has been a challenging period of time," said Dom Starsia. "I think win, lose or draw, this team can be as proud of what we've done this year as any in recent memory."
23 May 2011
Duke sophomore goaltender Dan Wigrizer made 14 saves to anchor the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to a 7-5 victory over fifth-ranked Notre Dame in front of 14,122 fans at the NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium. Duke advances to the championship weekend for the fifth straight season and for the seventh time overall.
Duke (14-5) will play unseeded Maryland on May 28 at M&T Bank Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. It will be the third meeting between the two squads this season.
Photos of the game are by Ben and James Mackey.
“This is the fourth time I've played Notre Dame,” Wigrizer said.” I'm kind of used to it. Already the fourth time in two years with an out of conference team, which is an incredible amount of games. I was just excited to play them, I knew they were going to come out shooting. They were going to start taking shots right away, which they did. The first possession they had, they just kept shooting and shooting. Unlike last year, when they had 10 total shots on goal in the championship game, they got a lot of shots on goal today and I was just ready and prepared to be seeing shots the entire day and I just wanted to stay calm and relaxed and just let the shots come from them.”
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1. Haverford School (PA) (20-0) • The Fords continued their memorable season with wins over a few solid teams since our last installment. Haverford downed Malvern Prep, Episcopal Academy, Penn Charter, and Moorestown by a combined score of 50-26. Our #1 team finishes the regular season with a game over Hill School of PA. They'll advance to the Inter-Ac semifinals on Saturday against Lawrenceville.
2. West Islip (NY Sect 11) (15-0) • The Lions continued to dodge major bullets, defeating then-#20 Smithtown West in overtime on a goal by Tom Moore and then later escaping from a 4-2 third quarter deficit against arch-rival East Islip to win 11-7 on Thursday. They'll finish the regular season at disappointing Whitman on Monday and then wait to see who will draw them in the Suffolk A quarterfinals on 5/24. They could quite possibly face EI once again.
3. Calvert Hall (MIAA) (16-1) • The Cardinals have continued their run to the championship since our last installment, winning four straight games. That includes blowouts of McDonogh and St. Mary's as well as an 11-4 drubbing of St. Paul's in the semifinals, thanks in part to Hopkins-bound Ryan Brown's six goals. They will face Gilman on Friday night at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium for a chance at their first MIAA championship since 2003.
4. Ward Melville (NY Sect 11) (14-1) • Since giving up that overtime goal to Kyle Turri, the Patriots have won seven straight games, including a back-and-forth 14-11 win over Sachem North on May 3rd. They'll travel to East Islip for the Redmen's senior day festivities on Monday and then likely draw the #2 seed in the Suffolk A tournament.
5. Deerfield Academy (MA) (13-0) • The pride of the NE West 1 has continued to dominate the past two weeks. Deerfield has won each of their past five games by eight or more goals, including three by over 12. The Big Green face their stiffest challenge of the year at a 9-2 Salisbury squad (W 11-7) before challenging a surprising Phillips Exeter Academy.
6. Conestoga (PA) (17-1) • The Pioneers haven't had a whole lot of trouble ever since their loss to Haverford, going 5-0 with notable wins over La Salle and Garnet Valley by scores of 10-8 and 10-6, respectively. On Thursday, 'Stoga will have their season finale at home against barely .500 Hatboro-Horsham before they begin the playoffs, where they remain the favorite to grab a second consecutive PIAA title.
7. McDonogh School (MIAA) (15-4) • All good things must come to an end. However, for the MIAA faithful, many did not expect it to come so soon for the Eagles. McDonogh shocked the region and became the top-ranked team in Maryland after beating Calvert Hall on 4/21. The Eagles then proceeded to drop a game to Calvert Hall before being ousted in the quarterfinals of the MIAA playoffs by Boys' Latin.
8. Jamesville-DeWitt (NY Sect 3) (15-0) • The Red Rams are keeping pace with West Islip, as they extended their winning streak to 37 with five easy victories over the past two weeks. Included among them was an impressive 8-2 victory over Homer. J-D should finish off an undefeated regular season on Tuesday against New Hartford and then await their draw as the top seed in the Section 3 Class B tournament.
9. Garden City (NY Sect 8) (12-2) • The Trojans haven't been challenged since ending Manhasset's 45-game winning streak in the Woodstick Classic on April 30 and have won eight straight since their loss to St. Paul's on April 9. Things don't figure to get much more difficult this week with their season finale against Roslyn on Monday, nor when they begin their playoff run as the #1 seed in the B-I division of Nassau Class B on Thursday.
10. Manhasset (NY Sect 8) (13-1) • After rival Garden City snapped their winning streak, Manhasset has won four straight, including a somewhat surprising 3-2 home win over Chaminade in the Jimmy Regan game. The Indians won "Reg's Rock" for the third consecutive season by defeating the Flyers in the game honoring the former Chaminade and Duke star and Army Ranger who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Manhasset finishes the season with Glen Cove on Monday and then will be the top seed in B-2, beginning play on Thursday.
11. Chaminade (LI CHSAA) (14-2) • The Flyers bounced back from a tough loss to Manhasset to earn two solid wins, first over arch-rival St. Anthony's, sweeping the regular season series between the teams for the first time since 2006. Chaminade then defeated Delbarton for the third straight year, 6-5, on Saturday. With the win over St. Anthony's, the Flyers clinched the top seed in the CHSAA-AAA playoffs and thus will avoid third-seeded Holy Trinity in the semifinals. They do, however, play the Titans in the final game of the regular season on Tuesday.
12. Darien (CT) (13-2) • Domination over lesser opponents has been the theme of the past two weeks for the Blue Wave. Darien has outscored their last five opponents by a combined score of 87-16. Connecticut's best team faces two more cupcakes this week in Westhill and Norwalk before hosting a talented Ridgefield squad in their regular season finale.
13. St. Paul's School (MIAA) (13-7) • The Crusaders ended their season on a low note, losing three of their last five games, including a 10-7 loss on Senior Day to Loyola Blakefield and a heartbreaking double overtime loss at home to archrival Boys' Latin. Then, on Tuesday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium, St. Paul's was met by a Calvert Hall team that was firing on all cylinders and ended up falling 11-4 to end the season.
14. West Genesee (NY Sect 3) (14-1) • The Wildcats have outscored their last four opponents 81-9 leading up to their regular season finale on the road against rival Fayetteville-Manlius, which sports an identical 14-1 record. The winner will claim the top seed in the Section 3 Class A tournament. The 'Cats have won six straight since falling to Jamesville-DeWitt on April 23.
15. Summit (NJ) (18-0) • Though they faced a scare, the mighty Hilltoppers' winning streak is alive, rolling through opponents in the past week. They've grabbed recent one-sided wins over Governor Livingston, Columbia, A.L. Johnson, and Cranford. Last Tuesday, they clinched their first one-goal win since May 2009 when Summit traveled to knock off Ridgewood, 7-6. The group tournament will kick off this weekend, where Summit, of course, received a first round bye and top seed.
16. Pittsford (NY Sect 5) (14-0) • Since the last rankings, Pittsford has knocked off quality opponents Brighton and Fairport and remains undefeated and on track to be the top seed in the Section 5 Class A tournament. They'll finish the season with games against Rush-Henrietta and Spencerport on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, and are a good bet to finish the regular season undefeated.
17. Georgetown Prep (MD IAC) (18-3) • The Little Hoyas finished their season in style, winning eight straight games and avenging their two league losses. After defeating Bullis 8-6 in the semifinals, Prep came back from a halftime deficit and forced overtime when Bobby Gribbin converted this shot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zuMt4oJ9rc) to win the IAC championship over hated rival Landon, who defeated Prep 10-5 earlier in the season.
18. St. Anthony's (LI CHSAA) (12-3) • By any measure it has been a disappointing season for the Friars, as they lost to rival Chaminade for the second time early last week, this time at home in South Huntington. The Friars did bounce back to defeat Yorktown on a Sean McDonagh goal with four seconds remaining in regulation at Charlie Murphy Field, 12-11. They'll finish the regular season on Wednesday with a home game against Fairfield Prep and enter the CHSAA playoffs as the #2 seed, where they'll likely face Holy Trinity in the semifinals.
19. Comsewogue (NY Sect 11) (14-0) • The Warriors are Long Island's only other undefeated team besides West Islip, and they haven't been challenged since beating rival Shoreham-Wading River, 12-9, on April 30. That could change in the regular season finale on Tuesday, when they head south to face the upstart Islip Buccaneers, who defeated SWR in their last outing. Regardless of the outcome, Comsewogue has earned the top seed in Suffolk B and will play their first-round game against the #8 seed on Friday.
20. Salisbury School (CT) (9-2) • The Crimson Knights had rattled off three straight wins over NE West Foes before taking a 8-7 loss to South Jersey's St. Augustine Prep, a formidable opponent. They also fell 11-7 to Deerfield on Wednesday, a game we didn't account for in our rankings, losing two straight for the first time since 2008. Salisbury will head to Avon Old Farms on Saturday for a prime matchup.
21. Smithtown West (NY Sect 11) (12-3) • The Bulls were without star attackman Kyle Keenan for most of the last two weeks but still managed to take #2 West Islip to overtime before falling. Connetquot gave them trouble last Thursday, but the Bulls scored four late goals to win 7-6 and retain the #3 spot in Suffolk A. On Keenan's return, he recorded seven points and Smithtown West beat intra-district rival Smithtown East, 17-7 on Saturday. They'll head to Northport for the Tigers' senior day on Monday and then play the winner of the 6/11 game on Tuesday 5/24 in the Suffolk A quarterfinals.
22. Gilman School (MIAA) (11-5) • The Gilman boys racked up three wins since our last batch of rankings, including a 12-11 thriller over Boys' Latin. The Greyhounds also dismantled Spalding and Severn by a combined score of 27-12. Gilman faces Boys' Latin for the third time this season in the MIAA semifinals on Tuesday (W 7-6 OT). Both of the meetings between these teams have been decided by a goal. They'll face Calvert Hall in the championship on Friday night at Towson.
23. Landon School (MD IAC) (19-3) • The Bears continued their impressive 18-game winning streak, defeating SSSA, Urbana, and Episcopal on their road to the championship. In the title game, however, they were ousted 7-6 in overtime to end their season. This year's Landon team was just the second squad in school history to win 19 games in a season.
24. Malvern Prep (PA) (12-5) • The Friars have had a solid past few weeks other then a 11-5 loss to Haverford, defeating Germantown Academy, Chestnut Hill, and Shipley. After an easy win in the quarters, Malvern Prep will face Penn Charter in the semifinals, perhaps setting up another championship game against Haverford School.
17 May 2011
The Friendly Forest
Once upon a time in the Friendly Forest there lived a lamb who loved to graze and frolic about. One day a tiger came to the forest and said to the animals, "I would like to live among you." There were delighted. For, unlike some of the other forests, they had no tiger in their woods. The lamb, however, had some apprehensions, which, being a lamb, she sheepishly expressed to her freinds. But, said they, "Do not worry, we will talk to the tiger and explain that one of the conditions for living in this forest is that you must also let the other animals live in the forest."
So the lamb went about her life as usual. But it was not long before the tiger began to growl and make threatening gestures and menacing motions. Each time the frightened lamb went to her friends and said, "It is very uncomfortable for me here in the forest." But her friends reassured her, "Do not worry; that's just the way tigers behave."
Every day, as she went about her life, the lamb tried to remember this advice, hoping that the tiger would find someone else to growl at. And it is probably correct to say that the tiger did not really spend all or even most of its time stalking the lamb. Still, the lamb found it increasingly difficult to remove the tiger from her thoughts. Sometimes she would just catch it out of the corner of her eye, but that seemed enough to disconcert her for the day, even if the cat were asleep. Soon the lamb found that she was actually looking for the tiger. Sometimes days or even weeks went by between its intrusive actions, yet, somehow, the tiger had succeeded in always being there. Eventually the tiger's existence became a part of the lamb's existence. When she tried to explain this to her friends, however, they pointed out that no harm had really befallen her and tha perhaps she was just being too sensitive.
So the lamb again tried to put the tiger out of her mind. "Why," she said to herself, "should I let my relationship with just one member of the forest ruin my relationships with all the others?" But every now and then, usually when she was least prepared, the tiger would give her another start.
Finally the lamb could not take it anymore. She decided that, much as she loved the forest and her friends, more than she had ever loved any other forest or friends, the cost was too great. So she went to the other animals in the woods and said good-bye.
Her friends would not hear of it, "This is silly," they said, "Nothing has happened. You are still in one piece. You must remember that a tiger is a tiger." they repeated. "Surely this is the nicest forest in the world. We really like you very much. We would be very sad if you left." (Though it must be admitted that several of the animals were wondering what the lamb might be doing to contribute to the tiger's aggressiveness.)
Then said two of the animals in the Friendly Forest, "Surely this whole thing can be worked out. We're all reasonable here. Stay calm. There is probably just some misunderstanding that can easily be resolved if we all sit down together and communicate." The lamb, however, had several misgivings about such a meeting. First of all, if her friends had explained away the tiger's behavior by saying it was simply a tiger's nature to behave that way, why did they now think that as a result of communicaiton the tiger would be able to change that nature? Second, thought the lamb, such meetings, well intentioned as they might be, usually try to resolve problems through compromise. Now, while the tiger might agree to growl less, and indeed might suceed in reducing some of its agrgessive behavior, what would she, the lamb, be expected to give up in return? Be more accepting of the tiger's growling? There was something wrong, thought the lamb, with the notion that an agreement is equal if the invasive creature agrees to be less invasive and the invaded one agrees to tolerate some invasivenss. She tried to explain this to her friends but, being reasonable animals, they assured her that the important thing was to keep communicating. Perhaps the tiger didn't understand the ways of the lamb. "Don't be so sheepish," they said. "Speak up strongly when it does these things."
Though one of the less subtle animals in the forest, more uncouth in expression and unconcerned about just who remained, was overheard to remark, "I never heard of anything so ridiculous. If you want a lamb and a tiger to live in the same forest, you don't try to make them communicate. You cage the bloody tiger."
16 May 2011
From the Brown University website: