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Boys’ lacrosse: Garnet Valley turns it on in 2nd half to defeat Radnor and stay undefeated

Thursday, 7th April 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By David A. Willauer, Posted 4/7/11

After a slow first half, the Garnet Valley boys’ lacrosse team picked up the pace in the second half of Thursday night’s game against visiting Radnor in Central League play.

The result was a much low-scoring game than their 18-goal outburst Tursday against Strath Haven, but the Jagusrs still recorded another impressive win, 8-2 over the Red Raiders.

The victory kept Garnet Valley – ranked No. 17 in the nation in the ESPN RISE Powerade Fab 50 and third in the PA Media Rankings – undefeated at 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Central League.

Radnor fell to 3-2 and 1-1.

Jules Raucci scored four goals as Garnet Valley – which led 3-1 at halftime – scored four unanswered goals in the third period to take control.

“It was two different halves,” said Garnet Valley coach Frank Urso. “We made mental mistakes in the first half and in the third quarter we played more controlled and focused on our offense and ended up putting the game away.”

Raucci’s younger brother, Rob Rucci, who tallied a school record nine goals in Tuesday’s win, added two goals for the Jags. Adam Rudman added two goals and Micthell Rose and Andre Thomas combined for five saves.

Brandon Manderack made nine saves for the Raiders, who got goals from Mike Cherry and Jeff Puckette.

Radnor is a good team; they have a good defense and their guys played hard,” Urso said. “Both Jules and Rob Raucci stepped up for us. Last time it was Rob and Jules had some key ones tonight.”

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