Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/29/11
Junior Connor Frisina scored four goals to lead the Conestoga boys’ lacrosse team to an 11-9 victory tonight over Maryland power Boys’ Latin at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.
The Pioneers (2-0) entered play as the No. 5 team in the ESPN RISE Powerade Fab 50 and No. 13 squad in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings.
Boys’ Latin (4-1) was ranked No. 4 in the ESPN RISE rankings and No. 5 in the UA/IL ratings. The Lakers were the MIAA A Division runners-up last year.
“We came into this game thinking it’s Philly and Maryland in a battle and we wanted to show them what Philly lacrosse is all about,” said Frisina.
Tyler Brooke and Brad Lord – fellow juniors on Pioneers’ young but talented attack line – each had two goals for Conestoga. Billy Flatley, Kevin Rudd and Tanner Scott also scored for the Pioneers and sophomore Robbie Zonino played strong in goal. Long pole Brian Dailey dominated the midfield and the Conestoga defense kept the dangerous Boys’ Latin attack from breaking loose.
“Robbie Zonino played great and so did the defense,” said Frisina. “Brian Dailey made some great plays and everything worked out.”
The game went back and forth until the Pioneers took over late in the third period. The Pioneers went ahead, 7-6, with 3:32 to play when Brooke scored off a feed from Lord. Just 12 seconds later, Brian Dailey scooped a groundball off the face-off and fed Frisina for an 8-6 lead.
“We knew we wanted this game so bad,” Frisina said. “This is one of the top teams in the nation and after halftime we just came out and gave it to them.”
The Lakers pulled within 8-7 a minute later, but Lord scored unassisted with 39 seconds left in the period.
Frisina put his team ahead, 10-7, midway through the final frame and after Boys’ Latin drew within 10-8, Rudd sealed it in the final minutes.
“We had success both on transition and when we settled the offense down,” Frisina said. “We put together some quality possessions.”