By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/8/10
Radnor used a 9-0 first-half run to defeat Unionville, 23-14, today, in the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) girls’ lacrosse championships at West Chester East.
The win advances the District 1 champion Red Raiders (25-1) into Saturday’s finals at HersheyPark Stadium (noon) against Springfield-Delco, which toppled Manheim Township, 14-4. Radnor has defeated their Central League rivals twice already this season, 8-7 in the regular season and 8-6 in the District 1 finals.
The Raiders scored the first three goals of the game and then allowed the Indians (22-4) to score four unanswered tallies. Radnor then reeled off nine straight with the help of a strong transition game and some key turnovers to take a 12-4 lead before Unionville’s Julie Moran scored with 36 seconds left in the half.
Courtney Campbell led the Raiders with six goals and three assists and Allie Martin had five goals whole Kelyn Freedman added three goals and four assists and Ali Kelly had three goals and two assists.
“Our transition game has taken off and we really see the whole field and know where each other is,” said defender Alyssa Dunlap, who was a major contributor on the draws.
These two teams met two weeks ago at West Chester East in the District 1 semifinals.. In that game, Radnor won, 12-9.
“We had an absolutely horrible shooting night that game,” said Radnor coach Phyllis Klgour. “We knew we would play better.
The win today is Radnor’s ninth straight since a 9-8 loss to Strath Haven.
“We’ve definitely come together as a team and worked out the kinks,” said Dunlap. “We just have some unfinished business.”
Lizzy Carney led Unionville with six goals and two assists while Lindsey Smith added three goals and two assists. Lisa Riondet had two goals and two assists.
“We beat ourselves in the first half,” said Unionville coach Wendy Landry. “We were panicking with the ball and turning it over way too much. We dug a big hole for ourselves and against a team like Radnor you can’t dig a hole like that.”
Landry said she was disappointed to see her team finish without playing its best game.
“We weren’t playing our team defense. They were fast-breaking on us. We just didn’t play our game. It’s really hard to end your season on a note when you know you didn’t play the best that you could. These girls are tremendously talented and I know they are tremendously better than what they showed today.
“It’s a credit to them, They fought hard for every ball and wanted every ball. they played team (lacrosse). They were the better team today, absolutely.”
Radnor 23, Unionville 14
Radnor 12-11- 23
Unionvlle 5-9- 14
Courney Campbell 6g, 3a
Allie Martin 5g
Kelyn Freedman 3g, 4a
Ali Kelly 3g, 2a
Amalia Antonoplos 3g
Ellie Kraus 2g, 1a
Kristen Norden 1g
Annie Woehling 9 saves
Lizzy Carney 6g, 2a
Lindsey Smith 3g, 2a
Lisa Riondet 2g, 2a
Erin Linthicum 2g
Julie Moran 1g
Melissa Lloyd 8 saves