Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/12/11
Ally Heavens tied the game with 27 seconds to play in regulation and Halley Barnes won it in overtime to give host Garnet Valley a stunning 10-9 victory tonight over Conestoga, leaving the Jaguars as one of four teams to share the Central League girls’ lacrosse championship.
Garnet Valley (16-2 overall) finished in the deadlock with Harriton, Radnor and Springfield-Delco, all with 9-2 marks. The four teams should receive high seeds this weekend when the District 1 field is announced.
Conestoga (11-5 overall) could have finished in the four-way tie for the crown with a win. The Pioneers closed 8-3 in the league.
The Jaguars trailed, 9-8, when AnnaElise Morello (one goal, four assists) fed Heavens (three goals, one assist) with the tying goal. Coley Ricci won the draw that set up the game-winner by Barnes, who finished with five goals.
The Garnet Valley players stormed the field after the win, celebrating a title in only their fourth year as a Central League member. Garnet Valley – which went just 4-14 and won two Central League games in its first year in the league, in 2008 – has won 13 straight games.
The Garnet Valley defense was led by Missy Koscinski, Lizhan Visser and Ricci.
“The defense deserves a shout-out,” said Garnet Valley coach Kate Henwood. in her second season. “They played their best game of the year, hands-down.”
Kara Stroup scored once for Garnet Valley and Kate Stroup made 13 saves in a solid effort in goal. Haley Warden added an assist.
“This program has come so far in such a short time,” said Henwood. “The players and staff work so hard to push ourselves everyday at practice. The girls finally got their due last night.
“In such a competitive league with so much parity this year it’s only fitting that it happened in OT. I am so proud of these girls.”
Meghan McGillis had five goals and an assist for the Pioneers while Kelly Morrison had two goals and one assist and Brooke McGillis had a goal and an assist. Catie Smtih had one goal and Sarah Priem made 10 saves.
Garnet Valley 10, Conestoga 9, OT
Garnet Valley 5-4-1- 10
Conestoga 5-4-0- 9
Halley Barnes 5g
Ally Heavens 3g, 1a
AnnaElise Morello 1g, 4a
Haley Warden 1a
Kara Stroup 1g
Kate Stroup 13 saves
Meghan McGillis 5g, 1a
Kelly Morrison 2g, 1a
Catie Smtih 1g
Brooke McGillis 1g, 1a
Sarah Priem 10 saves