By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/19/12
Natalie Miller and Kristen Norden remember the excitement of the 2009 and 2010 PIAA Girls Lacrosse championship games, both won by the Radnor High Red Raiders.
Miller and Norden, a pair of Radnor seniors, sat home last spring as Garnet Valley and Downingtown East played for the state title.
“The first thing we made up our minds that we wanted to do this year was win the district championship and the state championship,” Miller said.
Saturday morning at West Chester East High’s Zimmerman Stadium, Miller, Norden and their teammates moved one step closer to their district goal and made sure they would be in the field when the state tournament begins May 29 with a 20-10 decision over Hatboro-Horsham (18-3) in the quarterfinal round of the District One Tournament.
Miller scored five goals and had one assist and Norden and sophomore Sara Curley both chipped in with four goals and one assist for third-seeded Radnor (17-4), which takes on defending state champion Garnet Valley in a semifinal matchup at West Chester Henderson Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Hatboro-Horsham, which got four goals and one assist from senior Lizzy Carr, will play at Strath Haven in the play-back round Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. The winner of that game will be a state qualifier, while the loser will have to win the seventh-place game Thursday to continue in post-season play.
Norden scored Radnor’s first three goals Saturday, helping the Red Raiders to a 10-4 halftime advantage. Miller, who got two goals late in the first half, had Radnor’s first two goals of the second half.
“I didn’t get off to a good start,” the Georgetown-bound Miller said. “It was good that we got into our offense.
“Last year was so different from my first two years, when we beat everyone. We were just saying we hoped there were certain teams we could beat. That’s why we came back ready for this year.”
Norden, who is headed to Colgate, closed out her goal scoring in the second half, then helped set up Curley on her third goal.
“We wanted to make sure we had a good start today,” Norden said. “We weren’t sure what to expect from (Hatboro-Horsham), but we did know they would be a solid team.”
Junior Grace Collins turned away eight shots in goal for Radnor before giving way to senior Colleen Packer midway through the second half. Junior Taryn Deck added a pair of goals and senior Kyle Hays played well defensively and chipped in with an assist.
“We know it will be tough, but we look forward to having the chance to play against Garnet Valley again,” Norden said.
Radnor 20, Hatboro-Horsham 10
Hatboro-Horsham: Lizzy Carr 4 G 1A, Julie McKay 2G 1A, Nicole Beck 2G, Cortnee Daly 1G, Caroline Hagan 1G.
Radnor: Natalie Miller 5G 1A, Kristen Norden 4G 1A, Sara Curley 4G 1A, Taryn Deck 2G, Taylor Quinn 1G, Libby Lowry 1G, Moira Mahoney 1G, Amelie Yeager 1G, Lindsay Grossman 1G, Shannon Quinn 1A, Kyle Hays 1A, Sydney Cowles 1A..
Hatboro-Horsham—Jackie DiGiovanazzo 3
Radnor—Grace Collins 8, Colleen Packer 3.