Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/14/11
Greg Merrill pumped in six goals to set a school freshman scoring mark and senior Eric Gartner added five goals to pad his impressive totals as visiting Great Valley claimed a 16-8 non-league boys’ lacrosse win today over Upper Merion.
The Patriots finished the regular season at 14-4, closing with 11 straight victories. They finished fourth in the Ches-Mont League with an 8-3 record and are awaiting their seed for the District 1 tournament. The brackets will be determined tomorrow at Harriton High.
Timmy Lamb added three goals for Great Valley while Dan Buchholz and Noah Joseph each scored once for Great Valley, which made a dramatic improvement from a 7-11 season in 2010. Nick Dipiano had seven saves and Peter Hayes added three saves.
Gartner, a midfielder headed to Villanova, broke into the 200 career point club (only done two other times in GV history) vs. Kennett on Thursday in an 11-5 win. His career totals are 150 goals and 59 assists for 209 career points.
Attackman Greg Merrill, with his second goal against Upper Merion on Saturday afternoon, broke the Patriot freshman scoring record previously held by Sean Thompson (class of 2001, Ithaca College). Merrill currently stands at 71 points for the season (49g, 22a) as the Patriots enter the PIAA District 1 playoffs. Merrill’s older brothers, Brett (class of 2007), and Jeff (class of 2008), hold the Great Valley career point and goal scoring records, respectively.