By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/16/11
Harriton High’s girls’ lacrosse program has some great history.
The program won the first District 1 champion in 1976 and produced US Lacrosse Hall of Famers Cherie Greer (three-time All-American at Virginia) and Bonnie Rosen (National champion at Virginia, now Temple coach) as well as former Virginia great and current Cavaliers coach Julie (Plzak) Myers.
Now, the 2011 Harriton team is making its own history.
Last week the Rams, under coach George Dick, finished in a four-way tie (at 9-2) for their first Central League championship with Garnet Valley, Springfield-Delco and Radnor.
Harriton is 16-2 and on Sunday received the No. 4 seed in the District 1 tournament. The Rams last won a league title when it tied with Interboro and Sun Valley in 2008 for the Del-Val League championship.
But in their third season as a member of the Central League, Harriton has enjoyed many great moments.
This year Harriton beat all three of last year’s Central League champions: Radnor, Springfield-Delco and Strath Haven. in 2011 the Rams defeated Radnor for the first time since 1982, Springfield-Delco for the first time since 1985, non-league foe Unionville for the first time since 1986, and Strath Haven for the first time since 1998.
With only one senior headed to a Division I college – attack Carli Sukonik (Lehigh) – Dick has won with a number of girls that play multiple sports and do not have high-profile names.
“It is really exciting for us to share the Central League Championship,” he said. “The league has really great teams this year and it means a lot for us to be competitive with great established programs like Springfield-Delco, Radnor, Strath Haven and Conestoga and rapidly growing programs like Garnet Valley.
“This is only our third year in the Central League and we remember how much we struggled two years ago.”
Indeed, in 2009 Harriton went 5-6 in the Central League. In 2010 the Rams went 5-6 again, but lost four of those games by two or less goals. They also defeated Ridley, 12-8, for their first District 1 playoff victory ever.
This year’s team has seven seniors: Sukonik (who scored her 300th goal last week vs. Upper Darby), goalie Jackie Marshall (committed to Division III Widener), Betsy Hurtado (attending Cornell, scored her 100th goal vs Upper Darby), Laura Walzer (attending Vanderbilt, scored her 100th goal vs. Upper Darby), Megan Rubenstein (playing soccer at Franklin & Marshall), Carolyn Flannery (attending Richmond) and MacKenzie Morgan (attending Ohio State).