By Chris Mueller
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/23/12
Seniors Eric Rankel and Tyler McWilliams each tallied three goals as host Downingtown West defeated Abington, 13-10, today in a non-league season opener involving two teams ranked in the PA Media Rankings.
The Whippets (ranked No. 5) led, 7-3, at halftime and never allowed the seventh-ranked Ghosts to challenge.
“We really strived to play as a team today,” said Rankel. “We knew that just one player wasn’t going to be able to do it all so everyone tried to work together throughout the game.”
Tyler Keen added two goals and two assists for West while Dykan Ikkala scored two goals and Alex Cutic, had a standout game in goal with 15 saves.
Ryan Ambler was a force for Abington with five goals and one assist. Shane Dunn also chipped in with two goals and Travis O’Connor made 13 saves.
“It’s hard to stop a player like Ambler,” said Rankel of the Princeton commit. “Max Carroll worked real hard against him and we tried to contain him the best we could.”
Downingtown West 13 Abington 10
DW- Tyler Mcwilliams-3G 2A, Eric Rankel-3G 1A, Dylan Ikkala-2G, Tyler Keen- 2G 2A, Max Logan-1G 1A Jim Shear-1G, Sam Beneke-1G
AB- Ryan Ambler-5G 1A, Shane Dunn 2G, Matt Lomady 1G 1A,Brian Gallagher 1G, Austin Pifani 1G
DW- Alex Cutic- 15
AB- Travis O’Connor-13