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‘Checking for Cancer’ Invitational: Conestoga tops Greenwich (CT), Downingtown East edges Radnor in last second

Saturday, 16th April 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/16/11

Amid pouring rain, the Conestoga boys’ lacrosse team continued to dominate Saturday at the 3rd annual “Checking for Cancer” Invitational at Haverford School.

The Pioneers, ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania behind the host school, but also No. 2 in the nation in one national poll, routed Greenwich (Conn.), 13-5, to improve to 9-0. The Pioneers have three more games before playing Haverford School in two weeks at the Katie Samson Festival; next Saturday against Episcopal Academy and the following week against two Central League squads, Radnor and Marple Newtown.

If Conestoga keeps playing as well as it has, the Katie Samson battle could pit the two top teams from PA also as a matchup between the nation’s top two teams.

On Saturday, Connor Frisina had three goals and two assists and Brad Lord had three goals and one assist. Robbie Rose and Billy Flatley each scored twice while Tanner Scott had a goal and an assist and Adam Goins and Charles Hilderbrand each scored once.

Brian Dailey led the Conestoga defense with five groundballs and John Lopes (2 saves) and Robbie Zonino (4 saves) split the goaltending duties.

Stephen Dodd had three goals for the Cardinals (2-2), who scored only once in the second half.

“It’s a great event; too bad the weather is the way it is,” said Conestoga coach Brian Samson. “I am really happy to be a part of it. John Nostrant is a great friend of mine and Kevin Giblin as well.

“I think at times today we played quite well and rode well. We played with a lot of energy. We made some mistakes early, but they responded well and I am happy with the way we responded defensively after halftime.”

Downingtown East 6, Radnor 5

Aaron Murphy (three goals, two assists) scored the game-winner with 1.2 seconds to play, lifting the Cougars (7-1) to a thrilling win over the Red Raiders (4-4).

Radnor led, 5-4, late in the game until Kyle Lauletta scored with a minute and a half to play in regulation. Brandon O’Connell had two goals and an assist and Derek Sell made 14 saves for Downingtown East, which has won six straight games.

Jeff Puckette led Radnor with two goals and an assist and Tom Hemcher, Mike Cherry and Alex Manderack also scored for the Raiders, while Mike Barnes won 14 of 19 face-offs. Brendan Manderack made 10 saves in goal.

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