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PIAA boys’ semifinals: La Salle surges past Seneca Valley to advance to rematch of last year’s finalists

Tuesday, 8th June 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 6/8/10
Staff Report

UNIVERSITY PARK – La Salle used a 12-0 run to erase a 2-0 deficit and coast past Seneca Valley, 15-3, today in the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse championships at State College’s Memorial Field.

The District 12 champion Explorers (21-2) will meet a familiar foe, District 1 champion Conestoga, in the PIAA finals Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium (2 p.m.). Last year the Explorers won the first PIAA boys’ crown and their second straight state title with a 7-3 victory over the same Pioneers.

Conestoga advanced with a 13-4 conquest of Manheim Township.

La Salle fell behind, 2-0, against the Raiders (20-3) on goals by Rob Fyock and Jake McAndrew (two goals). But quickly the Explorers regained control of the game as Patrick Resch (three goals) and Jack Bogorowski (four goals) tied it before the end of the period.

La Salle continued its run in the second quarter as Christian Cardinal (two goals), Resch (twice) and Bogorowski scored to make it a 6-2 game at halftime. La Salle dominated possession as Anthony Cognetti won 8 of 10 face-offs in the first half.

La Salle blew the game open in the third period as Bogorowski, Dan Losier (two assists), Sean Coleman, Bogorowski and Cardinal scored to make it 11-2.

La Salle coach Bill Leahy said his team has enjoyed being an underdog this year after facing extremely high expectations last year due to the return of many starters and a large group of All-Americans.

“In the beginning of the year, everybody wrote us off,” he said. “Nobody thought we could do it – we lost, what 12 Division I players and four All-Americans? But we just march along. It’s a great group; now we’re probably a huge underdog and again (they’ll say we) have no chance (against Conestoga).”

Nick Cruice added two more goals in the final period before McAndrew scored to stop the streak. Shawn Warrender and freshman John Mastronardo added late goals for La Salle, which also got two assists from Kevin Forster.

La Salle 15, Seneca Valley 3

La Salle 2-4-5-4- 15
Seneca Valley 2-0-0-1- 3

La Salle:
Jack Bogorowski 4g
Patrick Resch 3g
Nick Cruice 2g
Christian Cardinal 2g
Dan Losier 1g, 2a
Sean Coleman 1g
Shawn Warrender 1g
John Mastronardo 1g
Kevin Forster 2a
John Lawlor 6 saves

Seneca Valley
Jake McAndrew 2g
Rob Fyock 1g



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