By Scott Johnston
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/28/11
So, how long did it take for Allentown Central Catholic to send a clear message to upset-minded Nazareth about another possible upset in the District 11 playoffs?
Less than a minute.
Just 29 seconds from the opening whistle, junior attackman Steve Mussoline found the back of the net keying a scoring barrage that saw ACC score the game’s first 14 goals as the Vikings won its District 11 championship with an easy 16-5 win over the Blue Eagles on Friday at Emmaus’ Memorial Field.
ACC (18-4) moves on into the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) at 3 p.m. on Wednesday when it will return to Memorial Field to face Wyomissing, the No. 3 team from District. 3.
Meanwhile, Nazareth, which upset two-time defending District 11 champ Emmaus, 12-11, in overtime in the semifinal, ends its best season in school history at 14-8.
“It’s nice to win and celebrate on their (Emmaus’) home field and I do wish they were here to play against but we’ll take the win,” said Mussoline whose team went winless (0-3) against the Hornets this season.
Both Mussoline (three goals, three assists) and fellow junior Kevin Gulyas (three goals, one assist) each had hat tricks in the first half as the Vikes scored at will in the first quarter, jumping out to a comfortable 7-0 lead and extending it to 11-0 at the half.
Central’s lead grew to 14-0 with four minutes remaining in the third period on junior Tyler Albanese’s third goal of the game before the Blue Eagles faithful finally had something to celebrate on junior attackman Dakoda Starner’s goal with 26 seconds remaining in the period.
Both teams emptied their benches in the final 12 minutes as the Vikes celebrated winning their first-ever District 11 championship on the same field where they finished runner-up a year ago after losing to Emmaus 11-6 in last year’s final.
“For the program I think it does say that Allentown Central Catholic has arrived here in the Lehigh Valley,” said Vikings coach Dan Dolphin who received the celebratory ice bucket shower with 1:30 remaining in the game. “It’s taken us a few years to get here but now I think the fruits of the growing pains we went through are starting to pay off for us.
“I’m just really happy for the boys. They’ve worked hard this year. Our goal at the beginning of the season was to get to the state tournament and now we’ve reached that goal.”
If the Vikes are able to get past their first-round matchup on Wednesday, they may potentially see a familiar foe in the quarterfinal round on Saturday should Central Bucks East beat Ridley in its matchup. Central Catholic handed the Patriots their only regular-season loss of the season, 10-8, in the season-opener for both teams back on March 26.
Allentown Central Catholic 16, Nazareth 5
Allentown CC 7-4-3-2 – 16
Nazareth 0-0-1-4 – 5
Steve Mussoline 3g,3a
Kevin Gulyas 3g, 1a
Tyler Albanese 3g
Adam Wydra 2g, 4a
Matt Stuart 1g
Alex Fisher 1g
Matt Savage 1g
Anthony Clifford 1g
Alex Grapp 1g
Brian Topper 1a
Reid Seifert 1a
Dakoda Starner 1g
Victor Bill 1g
Bryan Shields 1g
Grant Searfoss 1g
Brandon Winslow 1g
Travis Crown 1a