By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/2/10
Aimee Gennaro fired in six goals and Hannah Schmitt collected five goals and two assists as Archbishop Carroll defeated Great Valley, 20-12, Tuesday in the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) girls’ championship at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
The victory advances the Patriots (15-5) into the quarterfinals against Sprngfield-Delco Saturday at a site and time to be determined. The Cougars, who bested Carroll, 12-11 on May 13, advanced by downing Strath Haven, 16-14.
Archbishop Carroll outscored Great Valley, 7-2, to close the first half with an 11-6 edge. The GV Pats got as close as 11-8 early in the second half, but Schmitt scored three straight goals and Genni Hull (two goals) added another to make it 15-8.
Margo Lesher added two goals and an assist for Carroll and Natalie Schmitt scored twice. Nora McGeever (six) and Katie Boyle (five) combined for 11 saves in goal.
“Our underclassmen put themselves on display tonight,” said Gennaro. “I was like, ‘Where’d these girls come from?’ They all had the legs and picked up the slack, and I think they were the reason the offense did so well.”
Gennaro said her team is anxious to prove itself against Springfield-Delco. She noted that last year the Pats fell in the second round of states to eventual champion Radnor and is hoping to take at least one more step.
“I feel like sometimes we’re counted out,” she said. “So we always have a chip on our shoulder and that makes us work harder.
“We know we can play with the best of them. Early in the season we played some of the top teams in the country and they were close games. We’re taking this opportunity to put ourselves out there and show we can hang with anyone.”
Colleen O’Malley led the Pats (21-3) with four goals and three assists and Ali Karwoski had four goals while
Jess Nawojski added three tallies.