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Lacrosse previews: Pioneer Athletic Conference holding boys’, girls’ semifinals tonight

Tuesday, 8th May 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Girl's/Women's, High School  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/8/12
Courtesy of PAC-10Sports.com

PAC-10 Final Four Semifinals – Boys

Tonight at Owen J. Roberts

Game One: 6 p.m.

No. 3 seed Perkiomen Valley (10-4, 11-6) vs. No. 2 Spring-Ford (13-1, 15-3)

► Trending

A slow start doomed Perkiomen Valley in its most recent outing, an 11-9 nonleague loss to Parkland. The Vikings are 7-3 over their last 10 … Spring-Ford has won five straight, including a 14-10 win over Boyertown in its last game. The Rams are 12-2 over their last 14

► Previous matchups

Spring-Ford swept the season series 2-0, winning 13-4 on April 7 and 10-5 on April 27

► Quick facts

Spring-Ford is the defending PAC-10 champion and finished the regular season tied with Owen J. Roberts at 13-1. The Rams were dropped to the No. 2 seed based on tiebreaking criteria

Spring-Ford and Owen J. Roberts have met in every one of the five PAC-10 championship games, with the Rams sandwiching titles in 2007 and 2011 around the Wildcats’ three-year run from 2008-10

► Perkiomen Valley players to watch

Ryan Boyd, Sean Tornetta, Shawn Dickey, Jamie Klementisz, goalie Bryce Womack

► Spring-Ford players to watch

Paul Major, Zach Monzo, Casey Pettine, Justin Kelly, C.J. Young, goalie Matt Messerle

► Coachspeak

Andy Wagner, Perkiomen Valley: “In our past two games, Spring Ford has capitalized on the Extra Man. They have some of the best shooters in the area and to give them that kind of advantage has been and will be a huge concern. They are a well -coached team that knows what to do and how to do it. We will need to play a disciplined game. Possession of the ball will determine our ability to come out with a win. We have some quality players who can score, but we will need to possess the ball and make the most of our opportunities. Goalie play has been an area of strength for us this season, and we will continue to rely on Bryce Womack to continue his high level of play.”

Game One: 8 p.m.

No. 1 seed Owen J. Roberts (13-1, 13-5) vs. No. 4 Boyertown (8-6, 9-7)

► Trending

Coming off a 24-4 rout of Pottsgrove Thursday, OJR has won five straight since dropping an 11-7 nonleague decision to Hempfield. The Wildcats are 9-1 over their last 10 … Boyertown suffered its third straight loss, 14-10 to regular-season co-champion Spring-Ford, last Thursday and is .500 (5-5) over its last 10

► Previous matchups

Owen J. Roberts swept the season series 2-0, prevailing 16-9 on April 11 and 16-15 on April 28

► Quick facts

The Wildcats scored three times in the final 3 minutes, capped by Nick Tordone’s game-winner with 6.5 seconds remaining, to stun the Bears 16-15 In the previous meeting

Boyertown reached the Final Four in 2011, losing to eventual champion Spring-Ford 9-2 in the semifinals

► Owen J. Roberts players to watch

Tyler Graham, Nick Tordone, Chris Antich, John Pennell, Ryan Kent, goalie Matt Boyer

► Boyertown players to watch

Tyler Fuhrman, Chris Lees, Alec Palladino, Kevin Ostromecki, Chris Stutzman, goalie Austin Mutter

► Coachspeak

Jeff Neese, Owen J. Roberts: “My biggest concern with Boyertown is that they played a great game last time. We are very confident now, but we need to get back to playing a better quality game. We need to be able to handle their midfields and move the ball quicker. Our transition game has to be at its highest level.”

Geoff Davidson, Boyertown: “Owen J. is a good team. They run what they run and they run it well. They are a team that can get on a roll and can score in bunches. We have been playing well but there is always room for improvement. We have played in some really tough losses, but I am glad to get those losses out of the way before the playoffs. In order to be successful we will have to take care of the little things and what we can control. If we can do those two things, we will give ourselves the best chance to win the game and move on.”

Girls
PAC-10 Final Four Semifinals

Tonight at Owen J. Roberts

Game One: 6 p.m.

Boyertown (Liberty #1) vs. Phoenixville (Frontier #2)

► The records

Boyertown is 13-0 in the league and 14-4 overall … Phoenixville finished 7-6 in the league and is 9-7 overall

► Trending

The Bears closed their eighth straight perfect PAC-10 regular season with a 9-1 Senior Night conquest of Owen J. Roberts last Friday. Boyertown has won six straight since dropping an 11-10 nonleague decision to Archbishop Carroll and are 13-2 over their last 15 games … The Phantoms are coming off their second straight loss, a 7-6 setback to Perkiomen Valley last Thursday. Phoenixville is 5-5 over its last 10

► Previous matchup

Boyertown posted a 16-4 victory on April 18

► Quick facts

Boyertown has captured eight straight Pioneer Athletic Conference championships and has won 122 straight matches against PAC-10 opposition

Phoenixville, which won the Frontier Division title last season, is making its second straight Final 4 appearance. The Phantoms, who fell to Methacton 15-3 in last year’s semifinal will be without one of its most potent offensive forces, Shannan McErlean (concussion)

► Boyertown players to watch

Rachel Engler, Kate DeHaven, Amanda Smith, Haley Wentzel, Gabby Genuario, goalie Lindsay Clinton

► Phoenixville players to watch

Zoe Bullotta, Jess Tague, Marlee Farbstein, Ange Hayde, Bailey Stover, Goalie Andie Bonner

► Coachspeak

Pam Wernersbach, Boyertown: “Phoenixville has some explosive players who are capable of scoring. We need to make sure that we contain those players and not allow them to be involved in scoring. For Boyertown to be successful in the playoffs we need to control the 50/50 balls, draw controls and groundballs. We also must be executing our game plan for an entire 50 minutes each and every game.”

Jen Foresta, Phoenixville: “Everything about Boyertown concerns me. They are quick and well-skilled. Also, junior Shannan McErlean is out with a concussion so that changes a lot of things. We are a young squad, with only three seniors, that has had its ups and downs. Every game is a learning opportunity for the players. To be successful, we need to get the draw and keep the ball away from Boyertown.”

Game 2: 8 p.m.

Spring-Ford (Liberty #2) vs. Pottstown (Frontier #1)

► The records

Spring-Ford is 11-2 in the league and 13-4 overall … Pottstown stands at 9-4 in the PAC-10 and 11-7 overall

► Trending

Spring-Ford closed out the regular season with its fifth straight win – a 12-5 conquest of Perkiomen Valley. The Rams are 11-1 over their last 12 outings, the only loss a 17-9 setback to Boyertown on April 25 … Pottstown appears to be peaking at the right time, finishing the regular season with four straight wins, including a 13-5 decision over Upper Perkiomen last Thursday. Prior to that run, the Frontier Division champs lost four straight and are 5-5 over their last 10 outings

► Previous matchup

The Rams posted a 14-9 victory on April 24

► Spring-Ford players to watch

Maddie Ward (49 goals, 54 assists), Sasha Wozniak (52 goals, 14 assists), Kira Gensler (40 goals, 13 assists), Leann Shaw (20 goals, 9 assists), goalie Cassidy Novotny (180 saves)

► Pottstown players to watch

Milan White, Kelsey Shumaker, Danae Perrymond, Sidney Sanford, Alyssa Maldonado, Goalie Morgan Wambold

► Coachspeak

Amy Short, Spring-Ford: “Pottstown has a lot of speed and is very aggressive. We have to play our game, which is winning the draw and playing safe defense. We can’t have any careless mistakes due to the intensity of the game.”

Andy Bachman, Pottstown: “Spring-Ford has a lot of speed and several threats on the attack. We are a smaller team that does not have enough depth to replicate game-like intensity at practice. We have the potential to win if we play 100 percent cohesively on both sides of the ball. If we limit the unnecessary turnovers, we have a shot.”


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