By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/1/11
Beau Jones, Reid Weber, Billy Oppenheimer and Connor Crump combined for 14 goals and 12 assists Saturday to lead Germantown Academy to a 16-12 victory over Hatboro-Horsham in the 11th annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival at Radnor.
The Patriots led, 8-4, at halftime and opened up a 15-5 lead before the Hatters rallied in the final period.
GA – ranked No. 4 in the PA Media Rankings, 21st in the ESPN RISE POWERADE Fab 50 and No. 25 by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse – improved to 11-2 with both losses to the No. 1 team in the country, Haverford School. GA is in second place in the Inter-Ac League with a 4-2 mark and a key make-up game Monday against Penn Charter.
The Hatters, who have one of the top non-league schedules among PIAA teams under first-year coach JP Banks, fell to 5-9. They are 5-3 in the Suburban One Continental Conference.
Jones, a senior, had four goals and five assists Saturday while junior Weber (recently committed to Lehigh) had four goals and two assists and Oppenheimer added three goals and four assists. Crump had three goals and an assist.
Also, George Robinson and Greg Shildkraut each scored once while Jake Adoni had nine saves and yielded just five goals in three periods.
GA coach David Martin said the Patriots have enjoyed success this year for several reasons.
“Experience is one factor,” said Martin. “All those kids grew up together. They are good lacrosse players and have been together for two or three years (on varsity). They are a very cohesive group of kids at both ends of the field and they are very unselfish.
“They are not particularly concerned with their own stats – they are concerned with winning.”
Martin said the team’s unsung defense has been impressive all year. The group features seniors Bobby Tait (signed with Syracuse), Ryan Crane (committed to Air Force), Sean Robbins and Jeff Martin (the coach’s son). Another key has been senior midfielder Nick Zaharchuk, who does much of the dirty work.
“The defense doesn’t get the recognition,” said Martin. “But they’ve done the same (contributions) on their end that the offense has done at its end.”
For Hatboro-Horsham, Kevin Sweeney had three goals and an assist and Sean Saunders scored three goals. Cameron Wiercinski and Joe Palo each added a pair of goals while Jimmy Murphy had a goal an assist and Trevor Downing scored once. Jake Durkin dished four assists and freshman goalie Marc Poust made seven saves.
Germantown Academy 16, Hatboro-Horsham 12
HH 2-2-1-7 – 12
Reid Weber 4g, 2a
Billy Oppenheimer 3g, 4a
Beau Jones 4g, 5a
Connor Crump 3g, 1a
George Robinson 1g
Greg shildkraut 1g
Jake Adoni 9 saves
Kevin Sweeney 3g, 1a
Sean Saunders 3g
Cameron Wiercinski 2g
Joey Palo 2g
Trevor Downing 1g
Jimmy Murphy 1g, 1a
Jake Durkin 4a
Marc Poust 7 saves
Kyle Mullen 1 save