Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/4/10
Brandon Dowd scored with 15 seconds left in the game to give Delaware County a 6-5 victory over Blue Mountain and the bronze medal in the Keystone State Games Jr. boys’ division last weekend at State College.
During pool play, the Delco “Dawgs” beat Western Pennsylvania, 7-5, Pocono, 9-0, and
Centre County, 12-1,, but fell to Montgomery County, 3-2, in a defensive struggle. Seeded fourth for the playoff round, Delco beat Lehigh Valley, 7-4, in the quarterfinals, but fell to eventual Gold Medal winner Chester County, 6-4.
In the semis, Connor Flynn and the Delco defense held Chesco to one goal in the second half. Brian Sinex (Ridley) scored three goals to pace the attack.
In the bronze-medal game, against a strong Blue Mountain team, Delaware County gutted out the win in a see-saw battle. Delco carried the play, but the Blue Mountain goalies kept it close.
Blue Mountain scored in the last minute to tie the game, but Dowd (Garnet Valley) won a critical face-off to set up his game-winning goal.
The Delco team was comprised of attackmen Kyle Roberts (Garnet Valley), Sean McHugh (Brookhaven), Ryan Simpson (Drexel Hill), Louie Harrison (Ridley) and Brian Sinex (Ridley).
The midfield was comprised of Jude DiGiacomo (Glen Mills), Joe Simpson (Drexel Hill); Andrew Kelly (Ridley); Nolan Dirienzi (Media), Matt Borchert (Ridley), Brandon Dowd (Garnet Valley), and Colin Bosak (Ridley Park).
The defense was made up of Liam O’Donnell (Media), Jake Matier (Garnet Valley), John Saunders (Ridley), Matt Quagliariello (Springfield), Ben Kellet (Ridley Park) and Jake Crowther (Springfield).
Connor Flynn (Ridley Park) was the lone net-minded for the team, allowing only 3.4 goals per game, with a strong team defense leading the way. The Delco team was coached by Matt Flynn and John Patterson, with consultation from Jim DeRose.