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Monday’s boys’ roundup: St. Joe’s Prep stuns nationally-ranked St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 8-7, in final seconds

Monday, 10th May 2010

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/10/10

Brad James scored his fourth goal of the game with seven seconds left as St. Joseph’s Prep earned a major victory for Philly lacrosse today by defeating Long Island power St. Anthony’s, 8-7, at Fairleigh-Dickinson College in Madison, N.J.

James’ game-winner capped a brilliant four-goal run in the final period for the Hawks, who improved to 8-7. St. Anthony’s, which was ranked No. 3 in New York by LaxPower and ninth in the country both by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse and the LaxGuys.

“I think that good things come to those who work hard,” said St. Joe’s Prep coach Eric Gregg, whose team had lost three out of four games before a big 11-7 win over Emmaus Saturday. “We stopped talking and just started working.

“We knew they were good; they had been allowing only like six goals a game. But we ended up on top.”

Will Farrell, Jeff Heath, Rob Watts and Blaine Fleming also scored one goal each for the Hawks and Mike Zikoski was strong in the cage again with eight saves. The Hawks were down, 4-1, after the first period and 6-4 at halftime.

Gregg said the St. Joe’s defense played one of its best games of the year. The unit featured close defenders Clint Barber, Connor Dent, Steve O’Hara and John Sax, long poles Will and Pat Farrell and short stick middies Dan Crawford and Jim Hurley.

The Hawks close their regular season with home games in the Catholic League Wednesday (Roman Catholic) and Thursday (Cardinal O’Hara).

“We went in with nothing to lose,” said Gregg. “It was a total team effort. Now, we just want to finish out the Catholic League season and prepare for the playoffs.”

Boyertown 7, Methacton 6

Matt Salvetti scored four goals and Matt Straface was again a standout in the goal as the Bears claimed the final PAC-10 playoff berth by earning the play-in win at Owen J. Roberts. Boyertown (11-8 overall) will play today against top-seeded Spring-Ford at OJR at 5 p.m. in the semifinals. Owen J. Roberts and Perkiomen Valley will follow at 7 p.m.

Tyler Furman, Alex Millard and Taylor Acree also scored for the Bears while Cody Ridgway led the Warriors (10-7) with three goals.

Plymouth Whitemarsh 21, Upper Moreland 2

Pat Nolan had five goals and two assists and Colin Joka added three goals and two assists while Zack Schulman contributed two goals and five assists to lead the Colonials to the Suburban One American Conference win.

Steve Fleming had two goals and three groundballs for the Bears.

CB East 13, North Penn 2

Matt Brodzik scored three goals, Rob Ferrall added two goals and an assist and Ben Auteri added a pair while Alex Fetterman had a goal and four assists as the Patriots (12-2 overall) improved to 9-1 in the Suburban One Continental Conference to remain tied with Hatboro-Horsham for the top spot.

Bishop Shanahan 18, Norristown 4

Michael Thompson and Keegan Lawton each had five goals and one assist while Dan Skahan and Chris Cordivari combined for 11 groundballs for the Eagles in the non-league win.

Emmaus 17, Parkland 4

The Green Hornets (11-7) closed their regular season with a 10-0 mark in the Lehigh Valley Conference as league MVP Mike Bender and Danny Kinek each scored three goals and both Will Scott and Tate Klidonas each had two goals and two assists.

The Green Hornets meet Parkland against in the league semifinals Thursday at Nazareth at 6:45 p.m.

Lansdale Catholic 9, Archbishop Wood 8

Liam Malley tallied five goals as the Crusaders topped the Vikings in the Catholic League.

Steve Jackson led Wood with four goals.

Sun Valley 11, West Chester East 8

Bobby Clemens had three goals and two assists as he Vanguards claimed the Ches-Mont win.

Matt Biegel had four goals and an assist for West Chester East.

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