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EPSLA playoffs: Springfield-Delco, Lower Merion to meet again

Tuesday, 20th May 2008

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 5/20/08

Joe Arrell collected four goals and two assists and Josh Cavanaugh tallied four goals as host Springfield-Delco clipped Upper Dublin, 15-6, Tuesday in the pigtail round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) playoffs.

Colin Keegan added three goals for the eighth-seeded Cougars (15-5), who will host Central League rival Lower Merion in Friday’s first round at 4 p.m.

Austin Kaut posted 10 saves for Springfield-Delco to earn the win and the Cougars got a key effort from Billy McCullough on the face-offs. The Cardinals, co-champions of the Suburban One American Conference, finished at 12-8.

Springfield-Delco defeated Lower Merion, 11-4, when the teams played a week ago.

“Coming from a team that didn’t make the playoffs last year to the eighth seed, we’re pretty proud of ourselves and we want to keep it going,” said Springfield coach Mike Friel. “Now we have another Central League opponent that we just played.

“We prepared so hard for that game and now we have to do it again.”

Lower Merion 17, Archbishop Wood 7

Matt Dilks had six goals and two assists and Jordan Wolf notched five goals and two assists as the host Aces (17-4) advanced to the first round.

George David added three goals and three assists for Lower Merion and Dylan Chou had two goals and two assists. Cody Hurnung (nine saves) and Jordan Daney (seven) split time in goal. The Aces scored four unanswered goals in the second quarter to take an 8-4 halftime lead.

Sean McCartney and Sean Lindenmuth each had scored two goals and added two assists for Wood, which finished at 17-7.

Downingtown East 14, Owen J. Roberts 2

Reed Phillips scored three goals and Owen Blye had two goals and three assists while Shane Sturgis and Dylan Hoff had two each as the host Cougars (14-6) breezed tamed the Wildcats (15-5).

Mike Strathy had four saves for Downingtown East, which hosts the winner of today’s Episcopal Academy-Unionville game,

Mike Costanzo and Billy Higgins scored for Owen J. Roberts.

Abington 16, Central Bucks East 15

John Casey scored five goals and Mike Vandergrift had four goals and two assists as the visiting Ghosts (16-5) edged the Patriots (13-4) to earn a ticket Friday to travel to No. 1 seed Malvern Prep.

Evan Cox added three goals and two assists and Joey Jones had three goals for Abington. John Tyrone made 10 saves in goal. Matt Hughes had four goals and Zack Sharman added three for East.

Conestoga 6, Downingtown West 4

Brendan Burke scored two goals and goalie Peter Fox made nine saves as the host Pioneers (14-7) held off the pesky Whippets (9-12). Dave Pond scored twice for 23rd seeded West.

“It was a tight game all the way,” said Conestoga coach Brian Samson. “They had a good game-plan against us and slowed it down. We had to play a lot of defense; we kind of dodged a bullet.”

Conestoga (10th seed) will play Friday against seventh-seeded St. Joseph’s Prep at St. Joseph’s University.

Germantown Academy 13, Shipley 2

Craig Burnett collected three goals and two assists and Beau Jones added two goals and two assists while Brian O’Donnell stopped nine of 10 shots in goal as the Patriots (13-6) advanced with an eays win over the Gators (11-10).

St. Joseph’s Prep 14, Holy Ghost Prep 4

Brendan Glynn notched five goals, Kenny Lankford had four and Ian Correia scored three as the host Hawks (21-4) rolled to a pigtail win over the Firebirds (11-7). The Prep will host Conestoga Friday at St. Joseph’s University.

Penncrest 12, Emmaus 6

Mike Woody pumped in five goals and reached 100 for his career while Tommy Kusturiss added three tallies and Frank Dziobczynski had two goals for the Lions (11-9). Goalie Ryan Herz-Thyshen had 10 saves to earn the win as Penncrest coach Wayne Matsinger was victorious against his mentor and former Lions coach Jef Hewlings, who built Penncrest into a power in the 1990s. Emmaus finished 16-3.

Radnor 6, Great Valley 4

Rob Norton and Tom Puckette each had two goals and Joe Donnelly made nine saves as the host Red Raiders (11-10) avenged a 7-6 loss to GV earlier in the year and earned a date with No. 3 seed Haverford School Friday by downing the Patriots (13-7).

Campbell Armstrong netted three goals and Rob Moccia turned aside 13 shots for the Pats.

Garnet Valley 10, Hatboro-Horsham 7

Eric Warden tallied five goals, Mike Montella had two goals and three assists, Steve Hetland added two goals and two assists and goalie Steve Seiler picked up a whopping 19 saves as the host Jaguars (16-6) advanced to the first round and a date at No. 2 La Salle.

The Hatters, who had won 11 straight games, finished 18-3.

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