By Scott Johnston
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/14/11
If you think it’s been a while since the last time Emmaus lost a game against a team from the Lehigh Valley, you’re right.
Not since 2005, some 58 games ago, have the Hornets found themselves on the short end of the scoreboard versus an opponent from the area.
Against ninth-ranked (in the PIAA) and undefeated Allentown Central Catholic on its home turf at Iron Lakes Sports Complex in a steady rain on Wednesday, many figured that streak would be in jeopardy.
Perhaps everyone thought so except Emmaus coach Jef Hewlings and his Hornets, who rallied from a one-goal deficit at the half to earn a hard-fought 7-6 win in an early-season showdown between the two teams that are expected to battle for Lehigh Valley Conference supremacy.
Sophomore midfielder Marc Feldman scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with a little less than a minute to go in the third quarter with his seventh goal of the season and the Hornets defense held the high-scoring Vikes to their lowest offensive output of the season and just one second-half goal.
Between the pipes, Magargal was outstanding for the Hornets finishing the game with 13 stops including a number of big saves late in the game.
“All give all the credit to the defense and to Joe Magargal,” said Hewlings. “Joe made some really good saves when the defense broke down but they didn’t get as many as shots as they’re probably used to getting because we played better defense.”
Emmaus, which has won the last four Lehigh Valley Conference titles, improved to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in league play. Central fell to 5-1 and 1-1.
The Hornets also defeated the Vikes for the 11th straight time and for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings dating back to 2005.
Feldman, along with sophomore Andrew Brown and senior Dan Kinek each tallied a goal in the last four minutes of the third period as the Hornets turned a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead (7-5) heading into the final period.
Kevin Gulyas and Tyler Albanese each had two goals and an assist to lead the Vikes, who outshot the Hornets 38-25. Steve Mussoline and Matt Savage added solo tallies while Adam Wydra had a pair of assists. Bob Hayman was credited with eight saves in net for the Vikes who face another big challenge this Saturday when they travel to face fifth-ranked Downingtown West.
Emmaus 7, Allentown Central Catholic 6
Emmaus 3-1-3-0 -7
ACC 3-2-0-1 -6
Zack Schleicher 1g
Travis Schmidt 1g
Marc Feldman 1g, 1a
Tyler Kennedy 1g, 1a
Drew Phillipes 1g
Andrew Brown 1g
Dan Kinek 1g
Joe Magargal 13 saves
Kevin Gulyas 2g, 1a
Tyler Albanese 2g, 1a
Steve Mussoline 1g
Adam Wydra 2a
Matt Savage 1g, 1a
Jeff Gulyas 1a
Bob Hayman 8 saves