Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/19/11
Kevin Garling scored the game-winner with 8:26 to play and host Ridley used great defense and smart play at the face-off X to defeat Central League rival Radnor, 5-3, today in the second round of the District 1 boys’ lacrosse championships.
The win vaults the seventh-seeded Green Raiders into the quarterfinals Saturday against second-seeded Central Bucks East at a site and time to be determined. CB East downed Bishop Shanahan, 10-6.
Garling finished with two goals and two assists and Kelton Heverly scored twice – adding the insurance goal with 6:07 to play – as the Green Raiders (17-3) rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit.
Matt Ward, Ridley’s all-league defenseman, moved up to the X with his long pole and helped the Green Raiders win 7 of 11 face-offs vs. Radnor standout face-off specialist Mike Barnes. Ward grabbed five groundballs and wingmen Mike Crowley (four) and Greg Cortes (three) also excelled at scooping groundballs after the draws.
Eric Streicher added a goal and an assist for Ridley and Cam Carney made four saves. Ridley also killed off three of four man-down situations and stifled a team that had scored 56 goals in its previous four games.
Jeff Puckette led the Red Raiders (12-8) with two goals and Ben Junior had a goal and an assist while Brendan Manderack made seven saves.
Ridley 5, Radnor 3
Ridley 0-1-2-2- 5
Radnor 2-0-1-0- 3
Kelton Heverly 2g
Kevin Garling 2g, 2a
Eric Streicher 1g, 1a
Cam Carney 4 saves
Matt Ward 7 of 11 FO, 5 GB
Mike Crowley 4 GB
Greg Cortes 3 GB
Ben Junior 1g, 1a
Jeff Puckette 2g
Brendan Manderack 7 saves