Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/28/11
By Dave Kurtz
Courtesy of PAC-10Sports.com
Zach Monzo spent some time on the turf Thursday afternoon, victimized by a blow to the throat that resulted in a two-minute, man-up advantage for Spring-Ford.
After being attended to by the medical staff, Spring-Ford’s diminutive junior attack was back on the field moments later, meting out his own kind of punishment.
Monzo brought upset-minded Perkiomen Valley to its collective knees with a pair of quick goals early in the third quarter that carried the first-place Rams to a 15-9 Pioneer Athletic Conference boys’ lacrosse victory.
Talk about paybacks.
“It felt good,” said Monzo, who finished with a hat trick. “After that happened, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to go back in. But I started feeling better and got the two quick ones.”
Coming off a convincing 15-7 victory over the Vikings two days earlier, the sluggish Rams needed a quick source of inspiration. They got it from Monzo.
“Zach is a scrapper,” said Spring-Ford coach Kevin Donnelly after the Rams improved to 12-0 in the PAC-10 and 14-1 overall. “That lit a little bit of a fire under us.”
The Rams had that fire early, getting goals from Monzo (assisted by Andrew Thomas), Brian Bock and Paul Major (assisted by Justin Kelly) in the opening 3:39 to grab a 3-0 lead. But there was no retreat, no surrender from the Vikings (4-6 PAC-10).
Sean Laskey picked up a pair of goals, on assists from Pete Sclafani and Wes Johnson, to draw PV within 3-2 by the end of the first quarter.
“The way we started, I guess we thought it was going to be an easy game,” said Monzo. “But after the first quarter we picked it up.”
Thomas poured in three goals with a variety of shots in the second period to help Spring-Ford regain its equilibrium and stretch its advantage to 10-5 at the break. Still, Donnelly wasn’t happy about his club’s loose play, and he let them hear about it at halftime.
“We were sloppy, up and down the field,” said Donnelly. “I expect the guys to come out and go hard for 48 minutes. That’s how we practice. We weren’t doing what we normally do. We didn’t play our own game.”
Then came the hit on Monzo, and Spring-Ford suddenly looked inspired. Bock (four goals, two assists) followed Monzo’s two-goal burst with one of his own on a brilliant set-up from Thomas, but PV answered right back with goals by Sclafani and Ryan Boyd to cut the deficit to 13-7 heading into the final quarter.
That would be as close as the Vikings would get. Bock converted another fine feed from Thomas into a goal on the man advantage, and Matt Glowacki scored at the 6:21 mark for a 15-7 bulge with 6:21 remaining.
Goals by Dennis Flynn and Sclafani down the stretch were mere window dressing for the Vikings.
“It you take away the penalties and the transition goals in the third quarter, we would have been right there,” said PV coach Andy Wagner. “But I thought our kids were looser and executed much better than they did on Tuesday, when we came out ramped up to take down Goliath.”
Standing tall like Goliath in the Spring-Ford net was goalie Jared Novia, who finished with 20 saves, including 11 in the first half when Perk Valley was unleashing a steady torrent of shots.
“Twenty saves,” said Donnelly. “Mentally and physically, Jared is steady, rock-solid. He always knows what to do. The mental part of it is probably the most impressive thing.”
Spring-Ford 3 7 3 2 – 15
Perk Valley 2 3 2 2 – 9
Zach Monzo 3g
Andrew Thomas 3g, 3a
Brian Bock 4g, 2a
Paul Major 1g, 1a
Justin Kelly 1a
Matt Glowacki 2g
Thomas Pham 1g
Max Ullman 2a
Jackson Ranheim 1g
Jared Novia 20 saves
Sean Laskey 3g, 1a
Pete Sclafani 2g, 1a
Wes Johnson 3a
Dave Duryea 1a
Jake Lynn 1g
Ryan Boyd 2g
Dennis Flynn 1g