By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/30/08
Radnor coach Phyllis Kilgour said many people can share in her milestone of 500 career wins.
Kilgour reached the amazing plateau Friday when her Raiders opened with an impressive and shocking 21-0 rout of defending District 1 Class AAA champion West Chester East. Kilgour, who has coached at Radnor for 42 years – 29 as head coach after 13 years running the middle school program – reflected back on her career, which has included five state championships and many standout student-athletes.
“I really have had just tremendous kids,” she said. “I still remember our first state championship team in 1986 and I still hear from some of them.
“A lot of them have gone into coaching, and now I am coaching a lot of their daughters. That’s a lot of longevity, but I have had great people helping me, too, from coaches in the recreational league on up.”
Kilgour admitted that this team is loaded with talent. The Raiders already have five players signed on for Division I scholarships and they showed Friday they are out to redeem themselves after being eliminated early in districts last year by Central League rival Ridley.
East, an uncharacteristic 0-3, graduated 17 seniors from last year’s team and is down in numbers since the West Chester school district split into a third high school.
“We have a very strong team this year,” said Kilgour. “The score Friday came from the combination of us being strong and them being a little down. I didn’t expect this kind of a victory.”
After the win, Radnor’s players and fans feted Kilgour for her accomplishments and endless years of service.
“The girls had a card and read me a poem,” Kilgour said. “They had some pictures, and they all had written something. There were flowers and balloons and there was a nice little celebration.”
Abington victory raises the bar
Abington’s 17-5 rout of visiting Ridley – last year’s District 1 Class AAA runner-up and the third-ranked team in the Phillylacrsose.com poll – was a shock to some, but not Ghost coach Julie Martinez.
Last year Abington (19-3) tied for the Suburban One National Conference crown with North Penn and Council Rock North, but relied heavily on the scoring of Marykate Lomady and fell to the lower-seeded Raiders in the second round of districts. This year the Ghosts (3-0) have shown balance and strength on defense, in goal and on attack.
“That’s what excites me about this season – the potential of our team,” Martinez said. “Last year was Abington’s first ever Suburban One League championship. We’re looking to start a program that not only wins a league but can make a run at a district title.”
Whippets are off to strong start
Downingtown West opened its season last week with impressive victories over Penncrest, 20-9, and Avon Grove, 24-10.
Jaymie Tabor, only a sophomore, had six goals and two assists in the win over Penncrest while senior Courtney Sicinski had five goals and three assists and senior Sarah Phillips chipped in with four goals and three assists.
Tabor’s older sister, Kelsay Tabor, headed to Ohio State, had two goals and two assists while goalie Julie Hodge had 12 saves. Casey Kellogg, Devan Hibbs, Julie DiGiovanni, Elise Buckwalter and Jessica Stevens were strong on defense.
In the triumph over Avon Grove, Sicinski had seven goals and three assists, Sarah Phillips (bound for George Washington) had five goals and four assists and Kellogg had three goals and four assists. Stevens and Hibbs paced the defense.
The Whippets, who were 15-7 last year, host Garnet Valley today.
Mount opens with pair of wins
Mount St. Joseph opened its campaign with wins over Gwynedd Mercy Academy, 17-8, and Springfield-Montco, 13-7. Charlotte Flynn notched eight goals in the two games while Brittany Gavin and Nicole Schuster had six each.
Mount coach Lori Ehret, in her first season, also listed Kelly Cleary and Lori Beppel as keys to the season. “Without a doubt, our team is fast,” Ehret said. “These three girls (Flynn, Gavin and Schuster) are threats.”