Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/1/11
The Delaware County Jr. (U-15) All Star team claimed the silver medal Sunday at the Keystone Games at State College.
The Keystone Games are an annual sports festival featuring teams from all over the state in a variety of sports.
Delco finished the tourney 6-1, bowing to Montgomery County, 7-6, in overtime in a thrilling championship. Delco had defeated Montco, 5-4, in the first game of pool play Saturday.
Delco also downed Blue Mountain, 7-1, and Pocono, 12-1. Sunday morning Delco toppled Pittsburgh, 9-2, and then won a close battle over Harrisburg, 6 -5.
In the semifinals Delco edged Lehigh Valley, 3-2, behind standout goaltending from Alex Anderson (Radnor) and Dannny Corinth (Springfield), who made several point blank saves late in the game to preserve the win.
Montco handed Bucks County a loss to reach the finals. Montco jumped out to an early lead with two quick goals, but Delco battled back to tie the game and eventually take a late lead before Montco tied it late in regulation to send it into overtime
Delco was coached by Matt Flynn and Brian Crowther.
“We are very proud of this team, they played hard all weekend and you will be hearing from all of these players over the next four years,” Crowther said.
Zach Nelson (Garnet Valley) and Brendan Jacob (Haverford School) led the Dawgs in scoring with seven goals each. Jake Hervada (Haverford School), Lucas Spence (Springfield) and Chris Waddington (Ridley) each had five goals over the weekend.
“We are disappointed with the loss in the finals but proud about how we played together as a team,” Hervada said. Spence added, “The coaches were great and we had a great time representing the County.”
The defense was paced by a solid group from Ridley, Springfield, Media, and Garnet Valley.
Other players were: Nick Fox, Patricio Medina, Mike Cropper and John Lynam (Ridley); Julian Espina, Connor Faith, Steve Flanaghan and Joe Granahan (Garnet Valley); Dan Wasson, Jake Crowther and Alex Masino (Springfield); Charlie Arena (Malvern Prep); Colin Bosak (Haverford School); Matt Young (Media); Joe Rodden (Archbishop Carroll); and Steve Tobia (St. Joseph’s Prep).