By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/17/12
When Ally McLaughlin was a freshman, the Harriton High lacrosse program began turning into a winning one.
“We were OK that year,” the Rams senior co-captain said. “And we’ve kept getting better.”
McLaughlin played a key role in coach George Dick’s building plans at Harriton. Tuesday afternoon. She scored four goals in the second half as the Rams, ranked No. 4 in the state, remained undefeated (10-0 overall, 5-0 Central League) with a 14-7 league decision over visiting Conestoga.
Wednesday, McLaughlin will join at least three dozen other Harriton students who will be making plans to build whatever they are challenged to put together in competition with other students from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“We’re going to Seven Springs ski resort – that’s about five hours away – for the Technology Students Association state tournament,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin will have her thoughts on the tower building competition in which she is entered while her teammates are getting ready for Thursday’s Central League showdown with defending state champion Garnet Valley.
“You build a tower out of balsa wood, and it’s judged on strength-to-weight ratio,” McLauglin said. “I’ll also have essays to write on bio-engineering techniques and designing a web-site.
“I know Thursday I’ll be texting as much as I can to find out how we’re doing in the game. But I have complete confidence in everyone.”
McLaughlin didn’t hit the scoreboard during Harriton’s 7-3 run in the first half Tuesday. She opened the second-half scoring in the fourth minute, had a hat trick by the 11th minute and added her fourth goal with a little more than four minutes to play. Not bad production from a player whose main jobs are to win draws and play defense.
“If the opportunity presents itself and someone hits you with a perfect pass, then it’s up to you to score,” McLaughlin said. “I know if Jess Schwab has the ball, I can expect her to get it to me on my cuts.”
Schwab scored three goals in the first half and chipped in with three assists after the halftime break.
“I know what to expect from Ally,” Schwab said. “And she knows when she cuts to look for me.”
Dick was delighted with the play of his team at both ends of the field.
“We turned the ball over a little too much,” he said. “But we worked through it. We came out to play today, and we worked together. Our defense caused turnovers (18), got to ground balls and really hustled.
“We controlled the second half. We saw Conestoga when we were in Florida and knew they could play. Our kids just stepped up today. Now we’ve got to get ready for the next one.”
Blake Hamblett scored a pair of goals and Maggie Friel got two assists for the 10th-ranked Pioneers (4-3, 3-2), who were outshot, 30-16.
Harriton 14, Conestoga 7
Blake Hamblett 2G
Megan McGillis 1G 1A
Abby Lord 1G
Megan Cameron 1G
Catie Smith 1G
Kelly Morrison 1G
Maggie Friel 2A
Sarah Priem 12 Saves
Ally McLaughlin 4G, 5DCs, 6GBs, 2CTs
Jess Schwab 3G, 3A, 1DC, 2GBs
Caleigh Foust 3G, 3DCs, 5GBs, 2CTs
Katie Melvin 1G, 2A, 1DC, 3GBs, 3CTs
Maddie Pisani 2G
Jane Henderson 1G, 1GB, 1CT
Sabrina Tabasso 1DC, 3GBs, 1CT
Maura Henderson 2 GBs
Alison Tepper 1DC, 2GBs, 1CT
Hilary Lemonick 1GB, 1CT
Jess Herman 1 CT
Melina Avery 7 Saves
Con—Sarah Priem 12
Harr—Melina Avery 7