By James Boyle
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/19/12
Tyler Brooke had four goals and an assist to spark Conestoga to a 13-6 victory today over Radnor in the District 1 quarterfinals at Harriton.
The top-seeded and three-time defending champion Pioneers (18-3) will play Great Valley at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals at Radnor High. Great Valley advanced with an 8-1 win over Hatboro-Horsham.
Radnor (14-7) will face Hatboro-Horsham in a playback game Tuesday at a site and time to be determined. The Red Raiders must win twice to claim the fifth and final District 1 berth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament.
Conestoga was never threatened after taking a 3-0 lead in the first period. Bradlee Lord added two goals and an assist and Jake Scott scored twice for Conestoga.
“It’s always our game plan to start off fast,” Brooke said. “Like I said, the easiest way to do that is in transition and we got some good ground balls off the faceoff and stuff like that. We executed well.”
An early man-advantage goal in the fourth quarter from Alex Manderack gave Radnor some life in the fourth quarter. The Red Raiders scored three more times before the final whistle.
Adam Goins and Jordan Klunder each had a goal and an assist while Alex Mezey, Pierre Atkinson and Connor Frisina each scored once.
“We needed to come off strong,” Lord said. “For the most part we didn’t have any letdowns. But they’re a really strong team, so at any point in the game they could have changed the game up… our defense played unbelievable.
“I don’t think I’ve ever played [Great Valley] in my career at Conestoga, so it should be interesting.”
Mike Cherry and Shane Shapiro had Radnor’s only two goals of the first half. Shapiro scored once more and had an assist in the final minutes of the game.
“We’ve been playing well recently,” said Radnor head coach John Begier. “We believed we could win the game. We had played Conestoga tough the last time and felt like we were a better team coming into this game
“We got outworked on the ground and gave up some easy goals… they took it to us.”
Begier said the Red Raiders need to refocus to have a shot at making states. They need to win twice in the playbacks to grab the final District 1 state berth.
“It’s a question of what this team wants its legacy to be,” he said. “We have another opportunity to play next week and as a group we have to decide what our legacy is… now we’ve got another opportunity to make a statement. We didn’t make a statement today.”
Ben Junior scored twice for Radnor, and Alex Manderack had one goal and one assist. Peter Donato had two assists and Tom Hemcher had one.
Brody Shea stopped five shots for Conestoga. Radnor goalie Brendan Manderack had 16 saves for Radnor.
Conestoga 13, Radnor 6
Conestoga 3-4-3-3 -13
Radnor 0-2-0-4 – 6
Tyler Brooke 4g, 1a
Jake Scott 2g
Connor Frisina 1g
Adam Goins 1g, 1a
Bradlee Lord 2g, 1a
Pierre Atkinson 1g
Jordan Klunder 1g, 1a
Alex Mezey 1g
Andrew DeSetfano 1a
Jamie Ikeda 1a
Miles Thomas 1a
Brody Shea 5 saves
Shane Shapiro 2g 1a
Ben Junior 2g
Alex Manderack 1g 1a
Mike Cherry 1g
Peter Donato 2a
Tom Hemcher 1a
Brendan Manderack 16 saves
Mike Barnes 12-of 22 FO