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Springfield Delco’s special lacrosse pride

Now that Springfield (Delco) stands atop the state boys' lacrosse rankings, its competitors below should have an unobstructed view of the number on the back of every Cougar player's game-day T-shirt: "1-9-0-6-4."

Now that Springfield (Delco) stands atop the state boys' lacrosse rankings, its competitors below should have an unobstructed view of the number on the back of every Cougar player's game-day T-shirt: "1-9-0-6-4."

The tails of each Springfield player's blue undershirt hang below the Cougars' jerseys, bearing the Delaware County school's zip code in yellow block letters.

"It's just pride. We've got our own pride," Navy-bound senior midfielder Josh Cavanaugh said after beating La Salle on May 1. "We're a small town making a lot of noise."

The Cougars (15-1) are just one regular-season win away - they play Radnor (11-5) on Tuesday - from entering the District 1 playoffs as the No. 1 team in the Phillylacrosse.com state media rankings.

Cavanaugh said last season, the Cougars had practice shirts with the zip code printed on them, but this season they decided also to display their pride on game days.

"We call ourselves '19064,' " Cavanaugh said. "So we just put it on our shirts one time."

Asked whose idea it was to print the zip code on the shirts, Cavanaugh paused and said: "It was mine, I think. About last year, probably."

Goalie Austin Kaut, a Penn State recruit, smiled when he was told of Cavanaugh's claim to the zip code prints.

"I think it was an all-team idea," Kaut said. "It's just showing we represent Springfield. Last year, we thought more as a single-player team, and now we're more together."

Kaut certainly has been representing Springfield well. In their last five games, the Cougars have outscored their opponents, 53 to 12.

Mouser powering Gators. The Shipley boys (14-2 overall, 5-0 league) went undefeated in the Friends Schools League for the second consecutive regular season. Junior midfielder Julius Mouser, a Rutgers recruit, has 117 career goals with at least two games remaining - possibly three - in his third season with the Gators.

Mouser had four goals and two assists in Shipley's 15-2 win over Westtown on Friday.

"He takes face-offs, plays defense, midfield and attack," Shipley coach Mark Duncan said of Mouser. "We probably played him four different positions on Friday. We're trying to prepare him for the next level. Big East lacrosse is pretty intense."

Last season, Shipley finished 17-3 and 7-0, good for a school record in total wins, and won the league title with a 6-4 victory over Academy of the New Church.

In the last three seasons, Shipley is 18-1 in league play against Academy of the New Church, George School, Friends' Central, Moorestown Friends, and Westtown.

The Gators' last league loss was an 8-5 defeat to Friends' Central in the 2008 league championship game.

"We've been able to replace people in a consistent way," said Duncan, who lost three seniors (defense and in net) from last year. The team has been steadied by sophomore goalie Ian McGibbon.

Shipley will have home-field advantage as the high seed in its May 18 Friends Schools League semifinal and, if it advances, in the final May 21.

Duncan said he has asked about Shipley becoming involved in the Inter-Ac Invitational postseason tournament. For this season at least, the Gators' campaign still ends with their league championship game.

"I would love to be a part of it," Duncan said of the Inter-Ac Invitational. "And I expressed interest in it . . . This year we're not a part of it, but I've let them know I'd love to be a part of it."

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