By Scott Johnston
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/17/11
Twice this season, sophomore Marc Feldman played hero as he scored the game-winning goal in leading Emmaus to a pair of one-goal wins over rival Allentown Central Catholic.
In Monday’s Lehigh Valley Conference championship game, it was his teammate Travis Schmidt’s turn.
The Hornets junior attackman found the back of the net with his 20th goal of the season off of a great feed from teammate Dan Kinek with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the game, going top shelf on Viking goalie Bob Hayman with the game-winner as the Hornets beat ACC, 8-7, to win their third straight LVC championship.
“This is definitely the biggest goal of my career,” said Schmidt whose sister Nicole also scored the game winning goal earlier in the day in Emmaus’ 9-7 win over Southern Lehigh in the girls’ LVC title game. “It was a great feed by Dan. He fed me perfectly and I just finished the shot.”
The Emmaus boys, who also defeated the Vikings,16-3,in last year’s title game, clinched the top seed in the upcoming District XI playoffs which are scheduled to get underway on Thursday.
The Hornets also won their fifth straight game and eight of its last nine to improve to 15-5 on the season. They continued their mastery against their arch rivals by defeating Central Catholic for the 13th straight time and for 14th time in the last 15th meetings.
It was also the third LVC title for Emmaus coach Jef Hewlings.
“I wouldn’t say it’s any sweeter (than the other two),” said the Hornets fourth year mentor, but (I will say that) certainly this team has been challenged, unlike the other teams that we’ve had in the past.
“W were a darn talented team last year and the year before and the gap in the Lehigh Valley has closed. We know that if we step on the field and play poorly that Central Catholic or any other team in the area can beat us. The good news tonight is that we focused and we executed.”
Did they ever. Right from the opening whistle.
Junior Cole Campbell started the scoring with his 16th goal of the season less than four minutes into the game, and then Schmidt, Drew Phillipes and Kinek all added solo tallies – all in span of four minutes – as the Hornets jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead.
After both teams each tallied one goal in the second, the Vikes eruped to outscore the Hornets 3-1 in the third period, scoring three goals in the last five minutes to tie the game at six entering the all-important final period.
Kinek, who finished with a pair of goals and three assists to lead all scorers, notched his 67th marker of the season early in the fourth before the Vikes Adam Wydra tied the game at seven with his lone goal of the game at the 10:39 mark.
Emmaus senior goalie Joe Magargal, an all-league performer, came up with a number of big saves late in the game to pick up the win in net for the Hornets who were minus four defenders due to injuries and disciplinary reasons.
Central Catholic, which fell to 16-4 on the season, was led by Steve Mussoline and Matt Savage who each had a pair of goals. Wydra, Tyler Albanese and Matt Stuart added solo tallies. Junior midfielder Kevin Gulyas finished with a game-high three assists.
The Vikes, who handed Central Bucks East its only loss of the season back in March, will look to regroup and prepare for the upcoming district playoffs after suffering their third one-goal loss of the season to Emmaus.
“I don’t think it’s anything within our system that’s really causing us to suffer these one goal defeats to the hands of Emmaus,but I think it’s more execution on our part that we just need to execute a little bit better and a little smarter,” said Vikings coach Dan Dolphin.
Emmaus 8, Allentown Central Catholic 7
Central Catholic 2-1-3-1 – 7
Emmaus 4-1-1-2 – 8
Steve Mussoline 2g
Matt Savage 2g
Adam Wydra 1g, 1a
Tyler Albanese 1g, 1a
Matt Stuart 1g
Kevin Gulyas 3a
Dan Kinek 2g, 3a
Travis Schmidt 2g
Cole Campbell 1g, 1a
Drew Phillipes 1g
Zack Schleicher 1g
Marc Feldman 1g
Andrew Brown 1a