By David A. Willauer
Special to Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/7/10
After a heartbreaking 8-7 defeat to Haverford School on Saturday, everything went according to planned for Conestoga’s boys’ lacrosse team Tuesday night at Garnet Valley.
The Pioneers (3-1) rebounded from an 3-2 first-period deficit and used three goals by Billy Flatley and two by Brian Dailey to claim a 10-5 win over the Jaguars in their Central League opener.
Conestoga, ranked No. 2 in the PA Media Rankings, also got single goals from Matt Smith, Gus Sturm, Jason Klunder, Ryan Lord and Austin Campbell as they handed the 10th-ranked Jags (2-1) their first loss.
“Anytime you get a win under your belt it is good for your squad,” said Conestoga coach Brian Samson. “We got off to a good start in the league.
“When we trailed 3-2 after the first period, it was wake up time for our squad. Garnet Valley is a good team; we played hard defense in the second half and we respect them.”
Flatley provided a spark for the Pioneers.
“I am happy for Billy Flatley,” Samson said. “His shots were close in a few games and it was a good breakout. It also was good for Brian Dailey to get on track. He was all over the field with his great speed.”
Samson said the Pioneers needed a lift after the loss Saturday.
“That was tremendous for us,” he said, “It gave us a lift emotionally. The game could have gone either way, They (Haverford) made most of the plays in the fourth quarter and the guys had that in the back of our minds.”
In the nets, Pete Zonino recorded six saves for Conestoga while Bill Neilson recorded 16 saves for Garnet Valley.
Jules Raucci led the Jags with two goals and one assist while Eric Warden, Richard Lehman, and Adam Mondell each scored once.