Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/3/09
The Montgomery County region defeated Chester County, 7-3, Sunday to claim its first Keystone State Games Jr. boys’ lacrosse gold medal in action at Penn State.
Team Montco – coached by Joe Vitale – won all five of its round-robin games and blanked Lehigh Valley, 13-0, in the semifinals. The Jr. teams were comprised of boys entering grades nine or lower. Nine regions participated.
Midfielder Matt Rambo (rising freshman at Abington) led the Montco team with his offense and work at the face-off X. Also, Steve Palo (rising freshman at Hatboro-Horsham) was strong at the face-off X and Ray Vandegrift (rising freshman at Penn Charter) helped pace the attack.
Montco’s defense enjoyed a standout tournament (17 goals allowed) and was anchored by goalie Kyle Mullen (rising freshman at Hatboro-Horsham) and defenseman Austin Pifani (rising freshman at Abington).
“Everybody contributed from No. 1 to No. 22,” said Vitali. “It was a great group of kids; we fell behind in only one game. The team was very balanced.”
Montgomery County Jr. Boys’ Roster
Berger, Eric 2013 (rising freshman) will attend Abington HS
Bergman, Stefan 2013 Germantown Academy
Bleiler, Russ 2013 LaSalle College HS
Caplan, Ian 2013 Chestnut Hill Academy
Delaney, Sean 2013 Wissahickon HS
Durkin, Jimmy 2013 Hatboro-Horsham HS
Eidenshink, Andrew 2013 LaSalle College HS
Greenberg, Gus 2013 Abington HS
Higgins, Ryan 2013 Hatboro-Horsham HS
Mischler, William 2013 LaSalle College HS
Mullen, Kyle 2013 Hatboro-Horsham HS
Murphy, Jimmy 2013 Hatboro-Horsham HS
Palo, Steven 2013 Hatboro-Horsham HS
Pifani, Austin 2013 Abington HS
Rall, Forrest 2013 Chestnut Hill Academy
Rall, Wyn 2013 Chestnut Hill Academy
Rambo, Matt 2013 Abington HS
Uhrich, George 2013 LaSalle College HS
Vandegrift, Ray 2013 William Penn Charter HS
Whitehead, Tyler 2013 Upper Dublin HS
Kreston, Connor 2013 Hatboro-Horsham HS
Giunta, Charles 2013 William Penn Charter HS