Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/2/11
Eric Waibel and Damian Sobieski each scored four goals as host Avon Grove earned a key 11-7 victory over Spring-Ford today in a battle of Philly boys’ lacrosse unbeatens.
The Devils, coming off an emotional, 9-8, overtime thriller over Great Valley Thursday in the Ches-Mont League, improved to 4-0. The Rams fell to 3-1.
The Devils raced to an 8-2 halftime lead before Spring-Ford recovered and drew within 8-6 in the third period. Trevor Hornby added a goal and two assists and Anthony DiNenno had a goal and won 14 of 19 face-offs for Avon Grove. Colin Peck scored once and Tommy Malone made eight saves in goal.
For the Rams, Brian Bock and Drew Thomas each scored twice – for Thomas it gave him 101 career goals. Jared Novia was brilliant in the cage 18 saves.
The win was particularly sweet for Avon Grove coach Eric Jackson, who remains close friends with Rams coach Kevin Donnelly, his old college roommate at West Chester
“We’re playing really well as a team right now,” said Jackson, whose team lost last year to Donnelly’s Rams, 12-11. “We have our whole defense back and they are tough to get by. We have some great athletes back there and Anthony is winning the face-offs so we can dictate the tempo of the game.
“The offense is playing well as a team. That’s our motto – team-first, and the kids are believing in it.”
Spring-Ford had won each of its previous three games by at least 12 goals and had to take a step up in competition.
“We certainly came out slow and we were not ready for their speed,” Donnell said. “We had a couple easy games in a row and they took it to us. We didn’t come out as hard as we needed to.”
Germantown Academy 13, Norfolk Academy (Va.) 6
The Patriots improved to 4-0 with the win in Virginia. Norfolk (4-3) was coming off a 2-7 win over Inter-Ac League member Penn Charter on Friday.
Penn Charter 11, St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.) 9
Shane Carr and Tyler White each had three goals while Joey Sankey and Grant Guyer each had two goals and one assist for the Quakers (4-2) in Virginia. Jackson Tamasitis made 10 saves.
Boyertown 13, Easton 4
Matt Salvetti collected three goals and three assists while Tyler Fuhrman and Alex Millard each had three goals and an assists for the Bears.
Downingtown West 7, Penncrest 5
Eric Rankel and Tyler McWilliams each scored twice to lead the undefeated Whippets (4-0) to the non-league victory.
Hill School 19, Wyoming Seminary 2
The Blues (1-2) bolted to a 10-1 halftime lead as Nicholas LaBranche exploded for six goals and the defense played strong in front of Duncan Saunders in goal.
Emmaus 7, Pennsbury 6
Zach Schleicher had three goals, including the game-winner as the Hornets edged the Falcons. Travis Schmidt added two goals for Emmaus.
Calvin Hopkins led the Falcons with four goals.
Ridley 9, Henderson 3
Kevin Garling scored three goals and Dalton George added a pair for the Green Raiders.
Audenried 5, Delaware Valley Charter 4
Tysheen Hunter scored a pair of goals for Audenried, including the game-winner in the Public League game. Alonzo Hill also scored two goals for Audenried.
Paris Washington had two goals for Del Val
Washington 9, Northeast 4
Colin Kramer had five goals and an assist to lead the Eagles to the Public League win. John Kenny scored three goals and had an assist while Declan Sweeney made 16 saves.