By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrossed.com, Posted 5/22/10
Lindsey Smith scored five goals and Lizzy Carney added four goals and one assist while Melissa Llloyd made 16 saves to lift Unionville to a 13-10 victory over Strayth Haven today in the quarterfinals of the District 1 lacrosse tournament at West Chester East.
The The fifth-seeded Indians (19-2) advance to the semifinals Tuesday night at West Chester East (6 p.m.) against top-seeded Radnor, which toppled Conestoga, 17-9. The fourth-seeded Panthers (17-2) drop into the loser’s bracket and will meet Conestoga loser at Henderson on Tuesday.
The top seven teams from the district qualify for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championships.
Unionville suffered its first loss this year to the Panthers and also lost twice to them last year, the second in the PIAA semifinals. Today the game was tied at 3-3 when the Indians struck for four goals in a span of two minutes, 12 seconds to seize an 8-4 halftime lead,
Strath Haven got as close as 9-7 in the second half, but Lloyd continued to thwart them and the Indians notched three straight goals to take commanding 12-7 lead.
Unionville won 16 of 24 draws and got five assists from Lisa Riondet.
Smith – who has committed to Penn and notched her 200th career goal – said the Indians regrouped after the loss to Strath Haven and subsequent loss to Great Valley – a game that essentially was for the Ches-Mont championship.
“We wanted this so bad,” said Smith. “We definitely have taken those two losses and learned from them so much. We needed them and they helped us become a stronger team.”
Also for unionville, Erin Linthicum had two goals and Julie Moran had a goal and two assists while Hannah Haskell was a key on the draws.
Jenna Frost had three goals and an assist for the Panthers and Ana White added two goals and an assist while Alex Duckenfield and Kirsten Wilhelmsen each scored two goals.
“It was a real team win today,” said Unionville coach Wendy Landry. “Last year we lost to them twice and we did not play well against them the first time we played them this year. We were tired of losing to them, so it was more to prove to ourselves.
“We got the lead and we never let it go. Melissa has gotten over 15 saves in every playoff game and the draw was big for us. Everyone on the circle did a good job controlling the draw.”