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Boys’ wrap: Unionville topples Penncrest, 13-7, in District 1 playoffs; L. Merion, WC East win

Tuesday, 12th May 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 5/12/09

    Grady Stevens and Richard Kaiser each scored three goals and Mike Nowoswiat and Nick Bacci each added a pair as host Unionville defeated Penncrest, 13-7, today in the first round of the District 1 boys’ lacrosse tournament.

   The 12th-seeded Indians (12-4) advance to a second-round game Thursday vs. the winner of Central Bucks East- Neshaminy game.

     Unionville led the entire game and was up 8-2 in the 3rd period before 21st-seeded Penncrest (9-9) mounted a comeback, scoring three times in the last two minutes of the period to draw to 8-5. But Unionville scored twice in the opening minute of the fourth period to retake control and secure the team’s first ever playoff win. 

    Dainker Mallya had 13 saves for Penncrest was led by Mike Belfiglio’s two goals.

    Unionville: Grady Stevens 3g; Richard Kaiser 3g; Mike Nowoswiat 2g; Nick Bacci 2g; Joe Lisicky 1g; Austin Girardot 1g; Greg Carroll 1g;  Billy Donovan 1a; Jon Gill 1a. Dainker Mallya 13 saves.

    Penncrest: Mike Belfiglio 2g; Caig Kasner 1g; Adam Yee 1g,1a; Dan Kelley 1g; Dan Jones 1g; Alex Kruzel 1g. Brendan McElhenney 10 saves, Vern Dreyer 9 saves.

Unionville   2 – 3 – 3 – 5  13

Penncrest  0 – 2 – 3 – 2    7

Lower Merion 11, Bishop Shanahan 2

    Matt Dilks collected four goals and one assist, Jordan Wolf had three goals and two assists and Sam Golden won 10 of 12 face-offs to lead the sixth-seeded Aces (14-4). Andrew Mongeluzzi and Ahmad Zachary each had two goals and an assist for Lower Merion and Cody Hurnung (six saves) and Hank Altschuler (five saves) handled the goaltending duties.   

West Chester East 14, Avon Grove 12

    Ben Tuscia tallied five goals and Matt Maday added three goals while Matt Biegel had two goals and three assists to lead the 13th-seeded Vikings (14-3).

Strath Haven 7, Central Bucks West 6, OT

    Mark Dolphin scored the game-winner with 1:31 left in the first OT. Nick DeCindis set up the goal by scooping the groundball, sprinting down the field and setting up Dolphin, who had two goals. Will Torrence had 11 saves for the Panthers and Dave Alyanakian had three goals to pace the attack while Sean McGraw and Jimmy Battel had one goal each.

    Jon Hoynak led the Bucks with two goals and two assists.

   CBW: Jon Hoynak 2g, 2a; Scott Wilbur 1g, 2a; Jimmy Mann 1g, 1a; Dan Munsell 1g; Shane Opperman 1g; Jack Firriolo 1a. Jake Ross 12 saves

Garnet Valley 14, Upper Merion 5

    Eric Warden had three goals and six assists while Paul Dunn had four goals for the Jagusr. Steve Smyrl had two goals and an assists and Mike Montella scored twice while John Reilly had eight saves for GV. James Brennan had three goals for Upper Merion.

Abington 7, Plymouth Whitemarsh 4

    Joey Jones had three goals and an assist and Rich Rambo netted a pair while Jon Cairone (eight saves) was strong in the cage as the sixth-seeded Ghosts (16-3) survived a scare for the Colonials (12-7). 

Central Bucks East 11, Neshaminy 6

    Adam Bitzer and Matt Hughes each had hat tricks to pace the fifth-seeded Patriots to the win. Chris Brady had two goals for Neshaminy.

Hatboro-Horsham 14, Spring-Ford 9

    John Rombach poured in five goals and Eddie Coombs had four while Jarrett Carr and Ryan Kreston each had two as the eighth-seeded Hatters rallied from a 9-4 deficit to topple the Rams. Tyler Novotny (St. John’s signee) fired in six goals for Spring-Ford, giving him 78 goals this year and 220 for his standout career.   

Downingtown West 5, Central Bucks West 4

    Ryan Higgins (two goals) had the game-winner and Jamie Raezer tallied three goals as the 14th-seeded Whippets prevailed.  

Pennsbury 15, Sun Valley 10

     Kenneth Warren tallied five goals and two assists and Calvin Hopkins had three goals and an assist while Peter Swetland contributed two goals and three assists to help the 15th-seeded Falcons (12-7) win their first playoff game ever. Donnie Krausse led the Vanguards with thre egoals and Bobby Clemens had two goals and three assists. A key difference in the game was in man-up offense and man-down defense. The Pennsbury defense killed 4 of 5 man-down opportunities by Sun Valley, while the Falcons’ offense converted three of their five man-up opportunities.

Sun Valley 3-2-2-3 – 10

Pennsbury 4-3-4-4- 15

    Pennsbury: Kenneth Warren 5g, 2a; Calvin Hopkins 3g, 1a; Peter Sweetland 2g, 3a; Pat Bonnot 1g, 1a; Evan Caterson 1g, 1a; Dan Caggia 1g; Luke Matthews 1g; Ryan McDonald 1g

    Sun Valley: Don Krausse 3g; Bobby Clemens 2g, 3a; Matt Remner 1g, 2a; Sam Maldou 1g, 2a; Brett Macaulay 1g, 1a; Erich Bigas 1g; Nick Morrell 1g.

    Shots: Pennsbury 43, Sun Valley 26.

    Saves: Chris Shubert (Pennsbury) 7; Tyler Brun (Sun Valley) 11

Owen J. Roberts 16, Henderson 10

      Greg Nester scored five goals, Billy Higgins added three and Kohl Batdorf had two goals and two assists to lead the 11th-seeded Wildcats (19-1, 14-0) to the victory. Dylan Swope added two goals for OJR and Jimi Hennessy won 21 of 29 face-offs while Andrew Boyer made 13 saves.

    Ethan Heisman had five goals for the Warriors and Max Siskind added a pair while Jon Diodati posted 13 saves.

Upper Dublin 10, Holy Ghost Prep 9

     Tim Duke (three goals) took a feed from Eric Breuninger (three goals) with 1:30 to play as the Cardinals rallied from a 7-3 deficit to earn the first-round win over the Firebirds. Andrew Cacchio led Ghost with three goals, including the game-tying goal with under four minutes to play. 

St. Joseph’s Prep 12, Cardinal O’Hara 2

    Brendan Glynn collected four goals and one assist and Cory Scheuerle had two goals and two assists as the Hawks (14-1) finished 6-0 in the Catholic League South Division.  Colin Fleming and Kenny Lankford each had two goals while Jeff Heath and Rob Watts each had one.

La Salle 13, Archbishop Wood 2

   The Explorers (14-4, 6-0) claimed the Catholic North Division regular-season crown by toppling the Vikings (10-5, 5-1).

Malvern Prep 12, Germantown Academy 2

   The Friars (9-8, 6-2) claimed a share of the Inter-Ac League title with Haverford School as Conor Steidle netted four goals. Malvern will meet Episcopal Academy in the Inter-Ac semifinals Friday at Cabrini College at 6:30 p.m. Haverford will face today’s Germantown Academy-Penn Charter winner in the other semifinal at 5 p.m. 

Lansdale Catholic 16, Souderton 3

    Patrick White had three goals and three assists sand Kyle Davis had three goals and two assists as host LC capped its regular season on Senior Day. The Crusaders play at  Archbishop Wood Thursday (3:45) )n the Catholic League quarterfinals.

LC 3 5 1 7 – 16

S   0 1 1 1 – 3

    LC Patrick White 3G 3A; Kyle Davis 3G 2A; Liam Malley 2G 1A; Brendon Eddy 2G 1A; Chuck Karr 2G; Sean Rooney 1G 1A; Jesse Fields 1G; Devon Barrett 1G; Dan Frantz 2A; Kyle Plasha 1A; Kevin Edling 1A. Bray 5 saves; Adams 6 saves.

    Soud: McIlkenny 2G; Carroll 1G 1A. Nice 13 saves.

Perkiomen School 6, Woodlynde 2

Valley Forge MA 8, Delaware Friends 6

Chestnut Hill 11, Bayard Rustin 4 

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