Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/14/10
Conestoga Youth Lacrosse defeated Lionville Lacrosse, 10-9, for the championship of the Chester County Lacrosse Association Friday at Kelly Field in West Chester.
Brendan Basset (1 goal, 3 assists) scored the game-winner, Conestoga used a stingy defense that killed 10 of 12 man down situations and Sean Pepin (14 saves) made several crucial saves late in the game to preserve the win.
Will Kay (4 g) opened the scoring for Lionville. Conestoga struck back with a goal by Jake Scott (four goals, two assists) assisted by Nate Monsell (1a) followed by another less than a minute later by Conestoga’s Alex Mezey (2g) off a feed from from Bassett.
Lionville came out firing at the start of the second quarter when Conor Glancy (2gs, 3a) hit Nate Wingate (1g) and Kay with excellent feeds in a span of seven seconds to make it 3-2 with 8:50 left in the 2nd. Conestoga’s Connor O’Brian (1g), playing his first game all season after suffering a broken thumb, made a nice one-on-one move and scored unassisted at 8:17 to tie the game at 3-3.
The teams traded goals as Conestoga’s Scott (assisted by Bassett) scored at 5:55 and Lionville’s Trip Traynor (1g) followed at 1:45 for a 4-4 tie.
Lionville scored six seconds into the second half as Connor Glancy took the opening face-off and converted. Forty-four seconds later Lionville’s Chris Best hit Will Kay for his third goal, making it 6-4 Lionville.
A man-up opportunity for Conestoga resulted in a goal by Pierre Atkinson (2gs), assisted by Scott at 7:50 in the third. Lionville’s Kay scored his fourth goal at 3:54 followed at 2:24 by Scott’s third goal of the game with 2:24 left. Scott was not finished hitting Mezey for his second goal at 1:47 tying the game at 7. The quarter ended with a flurry as Glancy scored with nine seconds left to put his team ahead 8-7.
The fourth quarter began with a grueling face-off between Glancy and Atkinson that typified the intensity of this game (24 total face-offs). Scott scored his fourth goal of the game from Bassett to knot the game at 8 with 8:39 left. Forty-eight seconds later, Traynor gave his team a 9-8 advantage
With 6:57 left, Conestoga’s Pierre Atkinson starting with the ball at midfield after a turnover, raced down field and scored unassisted, tying the game at 9. With 1:24 left Conestoga’s Bassett picked up a loose ground ball on a clear and scored unassisted for the lead.
Lionville won the ensuing face-off and put on a tremendous push that resulted in a Conestoga penalty with 30 seconds to go. Conestoga’s defense of goalie Pepin, Mark Palmarella, Hunter Eaton, Connor Campbell, Scott Hirshman and Peter Cost tightened up. Lionville’s man-up attack managed to get off a shot that Pepin saved and controlled as the clock ran out.
Conestoga Coach Steve Long gave all the credit to his defense.
“Our defense coached by Pat Campbell won the game for us,” he said. “They killed 10 man up opportunities including the one at the end. Sean Pepin came up huge with a great save. Lionville never gave up. They fought hard right until the end. I am happy for the boys.”
Wil Kay 4 g
Conor Glancy 2g, 3a
Trip Traynor 2g
Nate Wingate 1g
Chris Best 1a
Ian Riehl 3a
Mark Marx 14 saves
Jake Scott 4g, 2a
Pierre Atkinson 2gs
Brendan Bassett 1g, 3a
Alex Mezey 2gs
Nate Monsell 1a
Connor O’Brien 1g
Sean Pepin 14 saves